1960 Popular Mechanics Lawn Santa Claus Wood Cutout

Jennie BooChristmas, vintage 1 Comment

1960 Popular Mechanics Lawn Santa

I wanted to paint a vintage-style Santa since Christmas 2021. I looked through the Douglas Fir designs and I liked them well enough, but when I came across this 1960 Popular Mechanics Lawn Santa, the design was perfect and so was the price: Free on Google books. You will have to paint these designs yourself, as opposed to pasting on a printed sheet of paper.

1960 Popular Mechanics Lawn Santa with grid

There are 16 pages full of Christmas DIY projects, including the as-large-as-you-want Santa Claus cutout. You can view all 16 pages and more here: Popular Mechanics 1960 Lawn Christmas Santa.

If this were 1960, I could send in 50 cents and get a large print to paste onto your wood. Since it’s 2022, I figured I’d probably better keep my 50 cents and enlarge the image in Photoshop, and use an inexpensive projector to display my image for painting. As you can see, you can also go old school and simply transfer St. Nick with a grid system.

Here’s a few of my waving vintage Santa Claus in progress, and a completed!

1960 Popular Mechanics Lawn Santa in progress

Painting Santa. I used a 4×8 sheet of plywood, and made him 6 feet tall.

Cutting Santa out with a jigsaw. I hope you enjoy sawdust.

Santa is sealed and painted and displayed with a spotlight! I think he’s perfect at six feet tall, and I’ve already gotten compliments on how he looks.

There’s another great resource I wanted to point to that has even more vintage Popular Mechanics Christmas links, Family Christmas Online.

Comments 1

  1. Hi,
    We have this exact santa that my grandfather made, out of the 1960 pop mech magazine. He displayed it for most of my childhood in southern NJ and then stopped because santa needed major tlc. My grandfather gave it to me and my wife and I, along with a bunch of wood putty and stabilizing wooden strips behind it and a fresh coat of paint and several layers of clear poly is proudly displayed every year. He’s up for the 2023 and I’d be happy to provide a picture, if you’d like.
    Thank you,
    Mark Powers
    Sarasota, FL

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