He’s [definitely] Making a List . . .

Around fourteen or fifteen years ago I made and painted a whole bundle of these boards for a Christmas Craft Fair which I’d been asked to do, and they went down a smash hit with parents and grandparents, who bought them for their little ones.

The idea is that the little ones would write their list of toys they hoped that Father Christmas would bring for them, then Mommy, Daddy, or a Grandparent or carer, would ‘peg’ the list to the board using those pegs which you can see in the photo – which are permanently attached to the board.  However … Father Christmas with the wording over his head, was a reminder to the little monkeys amongst them to be good because they had to remember that Santa Claus was   making a list – and checking it twice!  What better way to make sure that a little monkey changed his or her ways and became a little Angel – at least … until after Christmas!

I was reminded of these boards recently and thought that I really ought to make at least one more, for the littlest member of my family – in the hope that perhaps a little Angel might just be made from a rascally monkey!

So here it is . . .   oh, and by the way   . . .   he’s still making that list!  😀

Made from a rectangle of slim MDF (Medium Density Fibre-board) – as it’s known here in the UK (not sure what it might be called in the country where you are – perhaps Mr. Google would be your friend there!).  I got himself to bevel the edges (using a router) so that they curved away and then had him drill two small holes so that, once painted and sealed, I could feed some wire through them, in order to make the curly wired hanging wires.  Then it was on to the fun stuff ….

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I hand painted the night sky and snow, then, once dry, painted the cutesy Father Christmas, or Santa.  I left the boards to dry for a couple of days (so that they were fully dry) and then gave the whole board a gentle, but good, spray over with an acrylic varnish which has the finest particles of glitter dust suspended in it.  Once this was dry the glittery particles twinkled merrily in the light – but it doesn’t give it that white sheen which other glitter varnishes can sometimes give.  Sadly the twinkles didn’t show up in the flash photo, so you’ll have to imagine them there!

I don’t draw when I’m going to paint something – I will scribble a few lines as a reminder of where I want to place something,  but I don’t actually ‘draw‘ anything.  For example – on these board paintings all I ‘drew’ was a freehand circle – which was where I roughly wanted F.C.’s face to be,  But other than that I didn’t draw anything.  I’m someone who prefers to just go straight in with paint and ‘see’ the idea I have inside my head come to life.

I didn’t use a pattern or anything like that,  I just painted the idea I had, so sadly can’t offer to share a pattern to paint something like thisBut painting a folksy fun type of Santa isn’t that difficult.  You don’t have to put in much detail, there are no wrinkles to his face or his clothes – so you don’t have to worry about that.  But – even if you think you’re not a painter – just have a go!  You’ll never know what you can do unless you have a go!

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15 thoughts on “He’s [definitely] Making a List . . .

    • Awww, you’ve made me SO happy! I’m really glad that you like them. But … what is CASE this idea’ – I don’t know what CASE means. (I’m a total numbskull and probably I should have known what it means … but I’m a little lost soul so need a map. LOL) …. Can you teach me – or can anyone put me straight, what does CASE mean? Thank you! x

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        • Ahhhh! LOL … I ‘Googled’ it and got nothing that made sense so that’s why I asked. I’d be happy for you to be inspired … but I’d be happier for you to paint your own version of Santa, as I kinda like my version to be mine, if that’s ok.

          Thank you so much for the help with ‘CASE’ … I’d have still been on Google looking for answers weeks from now! [sigh]. I’m not too bad on computers, but it’s the computer ‘speak’ (language and shortening of words) which I’m totally useless at. It took me ages to work out what DS, DD, SIL and DIL meant.[/em] Once I’d ‘got it’, it made total sense, but getting it was the problem. LOL.
          Sending love and computer ((((hugs))))
          (yeah, got that one after someone explained it about 8 years ago!) ~ Cobs. x

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          • If course 🙂 – I was thinking of doing some paper layering as thats the idea that popped into my head from your fantastic original. I wanted to check wether it was ok to use the basics concept as a starting point? I think its slways polite to ask 🙂 x

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            • OOOoooo … paper layering would work wonderfully on a plaque like this! Yes, go ahead and paper layer! Do share it on your blog when you’ve made it, as I’d love to see your version – I bet it will be gorgeous!

              Have a fabulous day ~ Cobs. x

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                • Ah, once I tell you you’ll have one of those ‘DOH!’ moments – much like I did:

                  DS = Dear Son
                  DD = Dear Daughter
                  SIL = Son In Law
                  DIL = …. I’ll leave you to ‘get’ that one on your own, but if you need a clue look at the previous one and do the opposite. (winks and smiles as she hears the penny drop) LOL.
                  Sending buckets of love and laughs ~ Cobs. x

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                  • I’m reading this reply thinking, I KNOW what DS, DD and SIL are, but what is DOH?

                    Then I said, “DOH!” and (lightly) hit myself on the forehead. Yes, I do know what that is, too. 🙂
                    I thought a case was 24, and thought wow, she must love it, but I doubt Cobs is going to crank out that many for her.

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                    • ROFL … I actually really am laughing very loud here! I’ve not been this tickled for ages. Ohhhh LemondD! I love you bigly.

                      But you’re right… I wouldn’t have cranked out that many for anyone … not even if I loved em heart and soul! LOL

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    • Hello Eva! Thank you for taking the time to comment. I’m chuffed to bits that you like it. I loved painting them and love this one too. I used to make other versions, for other times other than Christmas, and I’m thinking that I might make a couple more of those for family children. If I get around to making them, I’ll take photo’s and share them here as they’re so cute.

      Great to see you Eva.
      Sending love, as always, ~ Cobs. x

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  1. This is very cute! I think in person the glitter must look like the frost snow when the light hits it just right. That doesn’t translate well in pictures. My daughter didn’t write letters to Santa. She would say, “whatever Santa brings me is fine.” She was quite sweet until she hit 13 years old.

    Now I remember what DOH means. It looked so familiar. I work in the medical field and the Department of Health does inspections once a year. 😉

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    • You’re EXACTLY RIGHT! The glitter does look like the frost snow when the light hits it. On the money!

      I love the description of the daughter. Bless her!

      The Department of Health does inspections once a year? DOH! LOL. I hope everyone reading gets the DOH … but just in case they don’t – think Homer Simpson, and imagine that he’s just realised he’s given away the last beer in his fridge! DOH! (sniggering to self)

      Before I sign off… I’ve typed this reply three times … got to the end and pressed the cancel button instead of reply. sigh. It’s obviously age. No … no. can’t be that. I’m still young! (well, my brain is in parts. lol)
      Sending giggles ~ Cobs. x

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