This project has three of my favorite components to it: 1. A Norwegian theme, 2. It's no-sew! Just use rubber bands and hot glue!, 3. It's an upcycling project, the main material comes from an old sweater!

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A nisse is a mythological creature from Scandinavian folklore associated with the winter solstice and the Christmas season. It is generally described as being no taller than three feet, having a long white beard, and wearing a conical knit cap in a bright color.It is known as a gift bearer and is considered one of the Swedish and Norwegian versions of Santa Claus, although not quite the same thing.  We just love a magical creature delivering presents!

You will need:

old sweater


rubber bands

rice or beans

piece of nude stocking

cotton balls or wool

piece of faux fur fabric

small jingle bell

hot glue gun

  1. Start by cutting of the end piece of an arm, mine is about 12" long.
  2. Turn it inside out and secure a rubber band around the wider side of the arm.
  3. Turn right side out and fill with rice or beans up until 2" left.
  4. Secure with another rubber band.
  5. Cut the fur fabric into a triangle about 6" long.
  6. Put some cotton balls inside a panty hose to make a nose, secure with a rubber band and cut of any excess hose.
  7. Hot glue the beard and nose in place, just like the image.
  8. Cut a large long triangle of the sweater, mine was about 17" long.
  9. Fold up the edge and hot glue in place and hot glue the ends together to form a long cone.
  10. Hot glue the jungle bell at the end.
  11. Hot glue the hat in place and santa is ready to rock.
  12. I also hot glued a little "hair" under the hat, but you don't have to do that if you don't want to.


Photography by Paul "Sweet Paul" Lowe

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