Santa’s Bun

Here is another variation on the Rudolph bun hairstyle that Miss 7 and I came up with.  It’s a little more labour intensive with the glue gun but shouldn’t take you more than 20 minutes to get the pieces together and the result is worth it.

Sanra Bun

Santa Bun

Here’s what you need:

  • White felt square
  • Red felt square
  • White doll’s curly hair (purchased at spotlight), could you cotton wool instead
  • 2 googly eyes with button loops, i found they worked better
  • pink pom-pom
  • small holly
  • white pom-pom
  • glue gun, hot or cold and glue sticks
  • scissors
  • baking paper and marker
  • 2 x pipe cleaner
  • bun styler
  • 2 hair elastics
  • bobby pins
  • bun pins
  • water sprayer
  • brush and comb
  • scrunchie optional


How to make the pieces for Santa’s face:

  • Using a piece of baking paper and trace around the bun styler and cut out.
  • Draw a santa beard shape so that it covers the bottom half of the style with the sides coming up in peaks and cut out.
  • Draw Santa hat shape so that it starts on the top half of the bun styler and extends up proportionally and cut out.  Put the beard and hat shapes on the styler to check the sizing and shapes, you want the shapes going to the edge of the styler.
  • Once the shapes are right,grab the red felt and trace 2 hat shapes and cut out. Next grab the white felt and trace around the beard shape and cut out.
  • Using a straightedge on the white felt cut out 2 rectangles that will go along the bottom edge of the santa hats. Trim the stem of the small holly piece and get pins, pom-poms and doll’s hair so that you can start gluing.


  • Thread a bobby pin through the buttonholes on the googly eyes, put some glue over the top and leave to dry.


  • Take the white felt for the beard and cut a piece of the dolly’s hair that will cover the beard.  I do one half of the beard at a time.
  • Cover one half of the beard with glue and spread the hair over the top of the glue.
  • Glue the other half of the beard with glue and press the remaining hair down and move aside to dry.
  • Glue a bun pin on either side of the back of the beard, allow to dry.


  • Take a bun pin and the pink pom-pom.  Put a dot of glue on the pom-pom and press the pin firmly on the glue so that the loop of the pin is attached to the glue.  Set aside to cool.


  • Take the pipe cleaner and bend it into shape so that it follows the shape of the hat and trim the excess pipe cleaner off.  Place one hat shape down and glue around the outside and place the pipe cleaner on top of the glue.  The pipe cleaner will support the hat so that it stays stiff in the hair.  Allow to dry.  That is now the inside of the hate.
  • Take the other hat and make sure that you have the right side up to glue on so that when connected together the it makes a hat.  Glue along the square edge of the hat and place a white rectangle felt piece along the bottom.  Allow to dry.
  • Turn the hat piece with the  pipe cleaner attached over.  Glue the small holly piece in corner edge of the hat as in the picture.  Now glue the remaining white rectangle of felt along the edge of that hat.  Glue the white pom-pom to the top of the hat and allow to dry.
  • Glue along the back of the santa hat without the pipe cleaner and glue the two hat pieces together, allow to dry.
  • Glue a bobby pin on either side of the back of the hat and allow to dry.

How to make the hairstyle:

  1. Spray the hair with water and brush into a ponytail in the middle of the head, secure with a hair elastic.
  2. Thread the hair through the bun styler and distribute hair around the bunstyler.  Once the bun styler is covered secure with another hair elastic and pull the leftover pieces of hair firmly to neaten up the bun.  Wrap the leftover hair around the bun and secure with pins.  Wrap the red scrunchie around the outside of the bun.
  3. Push the pink pom-pom into the middle of the bun styler, pushing the pin towards the bottom of the bun.
  4. Next attach the beard, push the pins towards the bottom of the bun.
  5. Attach the hat by pushing the pins into the top half of the bun so that it sits with enough room for the eyes to be put in.
  6. Finally, push the two eyes into place.

Note the child’s school hat may not go over the style with the Santa Hat in place.  I asked Miss 7 to take it out before lunch and recess so that she could put her hat on and play. It took us about 5 minutes to do the style before school but it was so exciting that Miss 7 could hardly wait to see the photos. Hope you’re having some creative Christmas fun this weekend. Natalie

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