Here's a curly Santa ornament with a real spring in his step.
To make one, start with the basic body shape, as described for the Petite Penguin, but omit the rice. Paint the top half of the body white, with a small skin-tone face area, then paint the bottom half red. Glue on googly eyes and add a dot of red puffy paint for a nose.
For a hat, glue a 4 1/2- by 1 1/2-inch piece of red felt around the top of the head. Glue closed the top, then add a white pom-pom. Glue on white cotton for Santa's beard and the trim on his hat.
For arms and legs, coil red pipe cleaners (1 for each leg, 1/2 for each arm) by winding them around a pencil. Glue one end of each leg between 2 black felt boot shapes, and bend one end of each arm into a round hand shape. Use a pushpin to create small arm- and legholes in the body, then push through one end of each curled pipe cleaner.
Finally, glue a loop of gold elastic cord to the back of Santa's hat for hanging.