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Chile Pepper Santa

Spice up your Christmas tree with these distinctive Santa ornaments made from chile peppers.




  • Chile pepper
  • Damp cloth
  • Apricot, white, and red acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Ribbon
  • Ornament hook


  1. Step 1

    Wipe chile pepper with damp cloth to remove dirt and dust.

  2. Step 2

    Create face: Using apricot-colored acrylic paint, paint a circle shape toward the top of the pepper. Let dry.

  3. Step 3

    Apply a second coat of apricot-colored paint and let dry.

  4. Step 4

    Create beard: Using white acrylic paint, paint underneath the face, almost to the tip of the pepper. Let dry.

  5. Step 5

    Apply a second coat of white paint in a circular/twirling motion to create texture of beard. Let dry.

  6. Step 6

    Create Santa hat: Using red acrylic paint, paint a red line on the left side of Santa's face. Turn chile over and paint back of hat on the top piece of the pepper.

  7. Step 7

    Paint a "pom-pom" on the tip of hat using white paint.

  8. Step 8

    Tie ribbon around chili pepper stem. Attach ornament hook to ribbon.

The Martha Stewart Show, December 2009



Reviews (2)

  • IheartSharkey 2 Dec, 2009

    I love these!! Your staff is so talented. I don't live in NYC and won't be able to attend the craft fair. :-( Does anyone know how I can buy this craft without going? Martha, I love your show!!!

  • Trish23 2 Dec, 2009

    This is a FANTASTIC craft!! Seems so simple to execute and so beautiful!! I can't wait to try it!!