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Bleach Bottle Santa Door Decoration

This is a cute, unique Christmas door decoration that can be made without too much bother or artistic ability. It recycles that empty bleach bottle, too. I've gotten lots of comments about how cute he is.



  • 1 white bleach bottle
  • 1-2 skeins white yarn
  • 41 white pipe cleaners
  • red felt
  • flesh colored felt
  • 2 google eyes
  • 1 red 1/2 inch pompom
  • scissors
  • ice pick or nail to punch holes
  • glue


First remove the label from an empty and clean bleach bottle. Then using scissors or an Exacto knife cut the bleach bottle in half length wise through the handle so that each half has half of the handle and half of the spout.

Make the hat. Cut the red felt into two triangular pieces with a base of 9 1/2 inches and height of 15 inches. Sew the long edges together and then turn the stitched side in. Cut 9 pieces of yarn 4 1/2 inches long. Fold the yarn pieces in half. Place the looped end on the tip end of the hat with the loop extending about 1/2 inch on to the tip. Tie in place with another short piece of yarn. Glue the hat in place along the side to side seam line on the outside of the bottle.


Next make the hair and beard. You will be making 41 looped yarn pieces. The measurements are for the length of the loop not the length of the yarn piece needed.

You will need:

  • Quantity - Size
  • 10 - 12 inch loop pieces
  • 2 - 10 inch loop pieces
  • 2 - 9 inch loop pieces
  • 2 - 8 inch loop pieces
  • 3 - 7 inch loop pieces
  • 2 - 6 inch loop pieces
  • 2 - 4 inch loop pieces
  • 2 - 5 inch loop pieces
  • 16 - 2 1/2 inch loop pieces

Make the loops by winding the yarn around something the correct length or by folding back and forth using 20 loops for each. Secure in the center of the loops with one pipe cleaner, twisting to hold tightly.

Now punch 7 holes about 1/2 inch apart, 1/2 inch from the edge, down the sides of the bottle. Punch ten holes across the bottom of the bottle about 1 1/4 inches from the bottom. Punch 16 holes across the middle of the bottle directly under the bottom edge of the hat.


Make the face. Glue the flesh colored felt to the bottle between the bottom of the hat and the holes on the bottom and sides. Cut to fit. You may do the next steps of making the face now or wait until you've attached the hair. Glue the pompom 2 1/2 inches from the edge of the bottom of the hat and 4 3/4 inches from the side edges for the nose. Glue the two google eyes above and to each side of the nose. Cut three circles of red felt one inch in diameter. I used a water bottle lid as a pattern. Glue one on each side of the nose for cheeks and one 1/2 inch below the nose for the mouth. Punch a hole under the nose between the nose and mouth. Insert one of the 7 inch yarn loops here for the mustache.

Now do the hair and beard. Insert one of the 2 1/2 inch loops in each of the 16 holes under the bottom edge of the hat. Twist the ends together in the back. Starting with the 4 inch loop going down the sides, put first the 4 inch then 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,and finally the 10 inch loops in each of the 7 side holes on each side of the face. Now insert the ten 12 inch loops in the ten holes across the bottom.


You need some way to hang your Santa. I sewed a cafe curtain ring to the back top of the hat. You could just sew on a yarn loop.

Now you have a cute Santa for your door to welcome your friends!

By Kim D.

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January 10, 20060 found this helpful

I work at a nursing home and one of the residents has this decoration. Everyone just raved about how cute it was and how easy it looked to make. They all said they wanted to try it. Who knows, maybe next year there will be a lot of these Santas gracing a lot of homes. Thanks for the detailed directions.

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December 12, 20060 found this helpful

love this site it is wonderful

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December 14, 20060 found this helpful

I received one of these for Christmas from a fellow employee a few years back. I loved it!! I wanted so badly to know how she made it and haven't seen one since. I am so happy to see it here!! Now, I know how it was done! Thanks!!


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December 10, 20070 found this helpful

Thanks! So cute!

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March 12, 20080 found this helpful

I have made these for several years, but have lost the leaflet that I had. I was wondering if anyone would happen to know what company put out the leaflet. The leaflet that I had also had a Mrs Santa & a Bunny door hanging. I'm interested in finding the leaflet, mainly for the Bunny. Thanks

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August 4, 20160 found this helpful

I would like all instructions to the bleach bottle Santa Claus and Mrs.Claus

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January 5, 20110 found this helpful

I have been trying to find directions for an Uncle Sam bleach bottle door hanging. Does anyone have any ideas?

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December 6, 20150 found this helpful

This is the same one my daughter made several years ago and it is so pretty. I was amazed it looked so awesome.

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November 7, 20160 found this helpful

thank you so much. my mom used to make these and we have lost ours.

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November 16, 20160 found this helpful

Does any who know what type of yarn was used?
Also interested in Mrs. Santa pattern if anyone is willing to share.

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December 2, 20160 found this helpful

Anyone know what size of bleach bottle you need? 3qt 4qt? Does it matter?

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October 17, 20170 found this helpful

THANK YOU Kim! I received my Santa from my Grandmother in 1975. She made it at her local Senior Center. I have managed to baby and keep mine for all those years, but it is getting a bit dirty and I am afraid of even trying to hand wash it. She used heavy red velvet for the hat and I love it. Now I can be the Grandma and make one for my Grandsons' and their families. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

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