Fun DIY Santa Rake Door Greeter!

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You know I’m a huge fan of creating from recycled materials.  I’ve made fun wall art from toilet paper tubes, art from recycled disposable aluminum pans, suncatchers from lids, and even art from magazine pages.  Today I’m going to share with you a project that I created from an old rake head.  A Santa Rake Door Greeter!

santa rake door greeter

 Recently, at a flea market, I ran across a whole bunch of old metal rake heads without the handles. After staring at them a bit, I bought the batch of them and put them aside for inspiration. And then suddenly, I saw Santa whiskers and it was all downhill from there!  Soon, a Santa Rake Greeter came to be.  Want to know how?

santa rake door greeter

For this project I used:

One used metal rake head
White metal spray primer
Red and White and Light Pink Acrylic Paint
Two black buttons
One 3″ diameter styrofoam ball
One wooden oval plaque (about 6″ x 4″)
Scrap of Foam board (about 3″ x 12″)
One Christmas Floral Pick
One small red plastic ornament
Smooth Finish by Flora Craft (or fake snow)
Clear Glitter
Glue (made for metal such as E6000)

Begin by spraying both sides of the rake head with white primer spray paint meant for metals. Allow to dry.

santa rake door greeter

Paint the pointed part of the rake red with acrylic paint for the hat. (It may take several coats)

santa rake door greeter

Paint an oval wood piece light pink, adding blended dot of red for the cheeks while the paint is still wet.

santa rake door greeter

Glue the wood oval in place with glue meant for metals such as E6000.  (You can find it at most craft stores for just a few dollars for a nice sized tube).  Cut a piece of foam board for the trim of Santa’s hat.  Draw out what you want first, but it needs to be long enough to fit the base of his hat and about 3″ wide, cut in a slight arch.  Glue the hat trim in place, overlapping the top of the oval face.

santa rake door greeter

Glue on the button eyes, small ornament nose and floral pick.

santa rake door greeter

Cut a notch in a 3″ Styrofoam ball to fit over the top of the rake point and hot glue in place. Cover the Styrofoam with Smooth Finish by Flora Craft or any type of spreadable fake snow. Sprinkle with glitter.

santa rake door greeter

Wrap a red long pipe cleaner through the holes of the rake in the hat area to create a loop for hanging.

And there you have it!  A cute rake head santa!!  For more recycled crafts, be sure to check out my Recycled Crafts page. One person’s trash is another’s treasure.  What cool things have you made from recycled items?

 The kids will love this project and you can teach them a bit about recycling at the same time!

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  • Sherry December 19, 2014, 7:00 pm

    My husband and I made the Santa Rake. Your directions were great, quite easy to do & didn’t take a lot of time, Oh so much fun. We love it. Thank You. Sherry

  • Jillian October 23, 2014, 7:29 am

    Suzy this is such a cute and fun project!!! I am keeping an eye out for a rake to use for this now. It will be a great addition to my front porch this Christmas.
    -Jillian

  • Sue C. October 19, 2014, 5:27 pm

    This is sooooo cute. I really think that I can make this. I love it and the kids will too. I can hardly wait to get started and your directions are so simple and I thank you for that.

  • linda October 19, 2014, 8:49 am

    very clever!

  • Cookie17 October 18, 2014, 9:54 pm

    This so cute,another winner !!! Thank’s..

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