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Chile Pepper Santa

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

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, December 2009


  • Chile pepper

  • Damp cloth

  • Apricot, white, and red acrylic paint

  • Paintbrush

  • Ribbon

  • Ornament hook


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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