Holiday Ideas Using Old Paper Santa Claus Decorations
Ho! Ho! Ho! The joyful greeting of Christmas’s most jolly character puts us in the mood for holiday cheer and charity. These are ideas for decorating with unique and fun vintage paper Santas.
Paper Mache Santa Antique Christmas Decorations
Beautifully handcrafted antique Santa Claus figures from the 1800s and early 1900s were made from paper mache, as candy containers. A few finely detailed pieces would make striking focal points in this decorating scheme. For instance, you might find and display an early smiling Santa, clad in a white suit with toy pack flung over his shoulder, and riding a polar bear! Or a traditional Father Christmas figure from the twenties, with grumpy face and trim body, holding a small evergreen tree.
Santa shaped candy containers from around 1930 and after were made of a less costly paper pulp and are available in many different styles for your decorating. For instance, you could use a figure of an unusual green belted Santa, entering the top of a chimney, as a mantle display. Old paper mache boots such as a sparkly one with gold garland trim, or a red and white one decorated with holly would look cute next to Santa.
Honeycomb Santa Vintage Christmas Decorations
Christmas Decorations with “honeycomb” or expandable interlaced paper parts are most prevalent from the 1950s – 80s. You could display these pieces individually or mixed with other decorations. For example, a retro cardboard and die cut centerpiece, in the form of an amused Santa wearing red suit, wide black belt and boots on his rotund honeycomb body.
Or a Mr. and Mrs. Santa set with the missus wearing a full honeycomb skirt. Maybe a set of 1950s Japanese made ornaments, colorful honeycomb bodied Santa with paper and composition faces would work well. From the same era, honeycomb place card holders of smiling Santa faces with big mustaches and beards and fur trimmed red hats.
Old Paper Santa Claus Christmas Decorations
A wide variety of types and styles of other paper Santa Claus figures have been made as decorations through the years. By choosing a few unusual pieces, your overall look will be different than most. For instance, you could use a vintage paper Christmas house that lights up, as a centerpiece. Made of red and white bricks, with a pointy roof holding plastic figures of Santa, sleigh, and reindeer, the piece would look fun and festive when illuminated.
You might surround it with other vintage Santas such as old cardboard figures with clay faces, cotton beards, and chenille stick arms. Or maybe other small Santas with sleds, such as mica glittered and colorfully painted Saint Nicholas shapes.