Change a wooden fisherman to Santa Claus?

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I have a 4 1/2 foot wood fisherman that we had around our pool for many years. Would like to change it to Father Christmas, any ideas how?


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  • Without a picture, my first suggestion is paint. Use red for his hat and coat and black for his boots. Does he have a beard? If not, you'll need to make one - maybe use a string mop?

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Nov 13, 2020

    What is your wooden fisherman doing? That would be a base for turning him into Father Christmas. If he has props like a net or a fishing pole, change them into a bag of toys and maybe a rein for his sleigh.

    Of course the painting of him to change his outfit, make a beard-or buy 1 at the dollar store and attach. The hat is easy to find.

    What a fun project!

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Nov 13, 2020

    you could paint it, you could add a hat and other decor to it - just look at photos for Father Christmas and then copy that onto your fisherman

  • Recreated Designs Recreated Designs on Nov 13, 2020

    Hi Elaine, I could repaint the fisherman and try to change the colours into Christmas ones... red and white with black boots etc... If you would like to continue to use him outdoors, I would also give him a spray of clear coat when you are done with the paint to protect it during the winter. Have fun!

  • FrugalFamilyTimes.com FrugalFamilyTimes.com on Nov 13, 2020

    A photo would really help! But without that you could start by repainting it with the Santa classics: red hat and clothes and white beard - that will go a long way. :)

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Nov 13, 2020

    Send him to school for retraining.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Nov 13, 2020

    You could go fun Santa with a hat and tropical Christmas print shirt. Or get clothes in the boys section , red shirt and pants, and add white fur trim.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Nov 13, 2020

    Hi there,

    Red Coat and Hat, Black Belt Wellington Boots and a Sack. With out a picture or two it is difficult to know!

  • Dee Dee on Nov 13, 2020

    I actually have a fishing Santa because my husband fishes. I found an old wig at the thrift store, but you can use yarn, cotton or fiber stuffing. Glue it to his face. I put a hat on mine, and Actually made a small fishing pole from dowels, Mine was big enough to get clothes from the baby section, so I put a red shirt on him and green pants. Oh and I put a fish on the end of the pole.

  • Elaine Garant Elaine Garant on Nov 13, 2020

    Thank you for all your answers! Love them all, not sure about the schooling....lol

  • Deb K Deb K on Nov 13, 2020

    Hi Elaine, how about if you paint the face to a lighter color, pick up a white wig and beard, glue it on, and try to make or purchase Santa a clothes that will fit him, hope this helps


  • Betsy Betsy on Nov 13, 2020

    Hi Elaine: Just a new suit of clothes should do it :) A Santa hat along with pants and coat and a baag of toys and Bob's your uncle :)

  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Nov 14, 2020

    Paint his outfit red, beard white, give him a little santa hat

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Nov 20, 2020

    Can you paint his outfit red, add a beard and hang some decorative ornaments on him?


  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Dec 05, 2020

    Hi Elaine, I'm assuming your wooden fisherman has a hat on and perhaps a beard. I would paint all his clothes red with a white trim and his beard white. If some bits are missing, like the hat or beard you can always add them by making fabric versions. Normal acrylic paint will work fine to paint the wood.

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Dec 05, 2021

    Depending on what your fisherman is made of, you can paint directly onto the fisherman's clothes and hat. You can even ad a pom pom to the top of the hat.