Mr. and Mrs. Santa Made from Reader's Digest Magazines

November 21, 2016

Does anyone have instructions for making a Readers Digest Santa Claus?



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January 29, 20170 found this helpful

I got these from the archived santa museum website, they don't really have pictures but other sites do:

"Readers Digest: A Crafters Dream, circa 1970s

One of the more interesting Santas in the museum is made of a Reader's Digest magazine. Creating Santas from this magazine was a popular crafting activity in the mid-1970's.

Here are the directions for making your own Reader's Digest Santa!

Remove the covers from the Reader's Digest. Fold the page diagonally from the top right corner to the center of the book and then fold the remainder of the page in half lengthwise. Fold each page this way and then glue the last page to the first page. When you have finished the book, spray paint the outside white.


Cover all but the "tummy" with red fabric of your choice (ie felt, velour, velvet, velveteen, etc...). Add a head (she used a pre-made Santa & Mrs. Santa head), Santa's hat, and Mrs. Santa's bonnet. If you want you can use a piece of white fabric over the "tummy" area. She would also paint the bottom of Santa with a little black paint for his boots. Be sure to add a belt around Santa at the point where the diagonal & the straight fold meet."

and this site has more extensive, updated instructions:

and this old thriftyfun trhead has cool pictures

September 20, 20170 found this helpful

Could you please tell us where you found the pre-made Santa&Mrs Santa faces. My aunt has looked all over and has been unable to locate any.
Thanks much.

December 2, 20182 found this helpful

If still interested, I have the faces and instructions to make Mr and Mrs Santa Claus. Email me for details and pictures.

December 6, 20180 found this helpful

I would love the directions. My parents had these in the 70s-80s with the three wisemen also. Do you have that pattern also? Thank you!!!!

November 18, 20191 found this helpful

You you please email me the instructions and where you got the faces. Also do you have the instructions for the three wisemen? My mother had the Mr and Mrs Santa Claus and the three Wisemen.


I would like to make these for my three grandchildren. My email address is: Thanks!!!!

December 15, 20190 found this helpful

I would like instructions for Mr & Mrs Claus made from Readers Digest

December 15, 20190 found this helpful

Mr & Mrs Claus made from Readers Digest would love instructions

January 15, 20200 found this helpful

Would like to know where to get the faces for Mr and Mrs clause please.

October 27, 20200 found this helpful

I found them on Etsy.

January 7, 20210 found this helpful

Did you get the pattern for Mr and Mrs Santa Claus?

April 27, 20210 found this helpful

I would love the pattern for the Mr and Mrs. Claus. I remember making these with my grandma as a child, but I cant remember how.

December 17, 20210 found this helpful

Can you email me the instructions for Mr & Mrs Santa. Would love to try to make some.

November 8, 20230 found this helpful

Yes, would like to know where to get some too

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January 29, 2010

A few years back I made Mr. and Mrs. Santa out of Reader's Digest. I would like to make them again, but can't find the heads or faces I used. Does anyone know where I can purchase them? I think they were made of rubber, but plastic would do. They should be around 3-4 inches. Thanks.

By Janet from Minooka, IL


October 8, 20110 found this helpful

My aunt and uncle had a set of these made for me about thirty years ago. Because of moving several times over the years, they came-up missing. My set looked a lot like these but with a couple of added features. Mrs Claus had a red felt dress and Santa had his signature coat that was also made of red felt. Both of mine also had white curly hair made with white fiber stuff that can be purchased at any craft store.


If anyone has the pattern for these, could you please forward it on to me at I would greatly appreciate it.

Remember, "Jesus is the reason for the season."
God bless, Susan

December 29, 20190 found this helpful

I repaired a set of Mr. And Mrs. Santa Clauses that my grandmother made in 1984. I then made a Christmas Angel with the last of her reader's digests from the 70s.

November 8, 20220 found this helpful

Can you send the instructions please?

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February 6, 2023

Can you please provide the patterns for the Readers Digest Mr. & Mrs. Claus, as well as the Wisemen? Also, where is the best place to purchase the accessories for them? Thank you.


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February 7, 20230 found this helpful
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There is no cutout pattern for these, however, there are instructions available online at numerous sites.
You have to read the instructions and follow through but it is time-consuming.


You will need a Reader's Digest magazine (any age) as the characters are made out of the pages in a Reader's Digest magazine. This is necessary as the pages are the correct size and weight for this project.

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January 29, 2010

Does anyone have the pattern for Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus made from old Readers Digest books? My great aunt made them years ago, and I'd like to make some now.

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