Swirl Cap Characters

By  Barbara Matthiessen 

Add some festive flair to your Christmas packages with these quick-and-simple holiday gift tags.

  • Swirl Cap Characters
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  • Craft foam (for each): white, 6” square; red, 3”x4”
  • Flannel fabric, 1-1/2”x14” (snowman’s scarf)


  • Acrylic paints: white, ivory, hot pink, crimson, orange
  • Pinking shears
  • Black fine-tip permanent marker
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

  • ruler, tracing paper, pencil, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Pattern - Swirl Cap Characters

  • Size
  • 1. Size is 7" tall.
  • Swirl Cap Characters
  • 1. Print and cut out patterns. Trace hat outline only onto red foam, and remaining patterns onto white; cut out. Using long, smooth strokes, cut swirls in hats. Cut two 3/4"x3-1/4" hat bands from white using pinking shears.
  • 2. Transfer faces. For Santa, basecoat face Ivory. While paint is still wet, drybrush cheeks Hot Pink. When dry, paint nose and mouth Crimson and eyebrows White.
  • 3. Using pattern as guide, draw details with black fine-tip permanent marker.
  • 4. For snowman, drybrush cheeks Hot Pink and paint nose Orange. Draw details with marker. Tie scarf around neck.
  • 5. Adhere bottom edges of hats to tops of heads and hat bands to hats. To hang, separate swirl and place on package. Write recipient's name on hat band.
  • Tip
  • 1. Need a last-minute gift? Kids can easily create these gift tags as ornaments for Grandma and Grandpa.