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Turn Chocolate Santas into the Real St. Nicholas!

We've updated this page with new 2011 Santas! Madelaine Chocolate has a nice ornament Santa (3/4 oz) that makes a special St. Nicholas ornament. Russell Stover's new design needs a different size pattern. So, we've added 3 new pattern sizes—surely there is one to fit whatever Santa you choose.

While working with children talk about the real St. Nicholas. For suggestions, see Things to Talk About While Making St. Nicholas Projects or tell various St. Nicholas stories.

PDF with instructions and 5 miter patterns (printing tips)

Chocolate Santa:
Thompson Candy Company

Chocolate Santa:
Russell Stover Candies, 2011 design

Chocolate Ornament Santa:
Madelaine Chocolate Company

Solid Chocolate Santa:
Madelaine Chocolate Company

Chocolate Santa:
Russell Stover Candies


• Foil covered chocolate Santa, one for each child
Thompson Candy Company, 4 1/8 inches tall (1.75 oz), left
Russell Stover Candies, 4 3/8 inches tall (1.75 oz), 2nd left
Madelaine Chocolate Company, flat ornament, 4 inches (3/4 oz), 3rd left
Madelaine Chocolate Company, solid, 4 1/8 inches (1 oz), 4th left
Thompson Candy Company, 5 ½ inches tall (3 oz), shown below
Miter pattern cut out of card stock (increase or decrease pattern, if necessary, so it fits your chocolate Santas) If you print page 2 on card stock the pattern won't need to be transferred
• Gold metallic chenille stems
7½-inch piece for smaller Santa, 8½-inch for larger
• Red metallic foil card stock (sometimes called metallic foil board) or metallic foil paper
Cut a rectangle for each child, 5x3-inches for smaller miter, 6x3-inches for larger
• Metallic cross stickers
(for online sources, see sidebar)


• Pencils
• Scissors
• Mini stapler, fastens the miter more securely than gluing
• Mini glue dots or tacky glue


1. Draw around miter pattern on wrong side of red card
2. Cut out miter
3. Fold miter at sides 4. Staple back together, matching point and lower edges 4. Bend gold metallic chenille stem piece into a crozier
4. Place miter on head; secure with a bit of glue
5. Use a mini-glue dot or blob of tacky glue to attach bishop's crozier/staff onto the figure's left hand

Voila! Santa is now the real St. Nicholas!

PDF with instructions and miter patterns in 5 sizes

Copyright 2007, 2011 © St. Nicholas Center
Patterns may be printed for use with non-profit groups making art and craft projects. For all other uses, please request permission from Thank you.

Use Choceur Santas from ALDI to make affordable Nicholases with a group; pattern #5 will fit these little Santas

To print patterns:
• Click on file link above, then click the Adobe print icon:Print Icon
• If you're having trouble downloading the file, right-click on the image below and choose "Save target as..." to save it. Then open the PDF with Adobe Reader (free from Adobe's website) and print it following the above tips.

Patterns may be printed for use with non-profit groups making art and craft projects. For all other uses, please request permission from Thank you.

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Tips for accurate PDF printing

For Adobe Reader 7.0
In the Adobe Print dialog box, check these boxes: Check these two boxes: Auto-Rotate and Center & Choose Paper Source by PDF page size
For Adobe Reader 8.0
If you are having trouble printing, try clicking on "Advanced" then "Print as Image."

For older versions
In the Adobe Print dialog box, make sure the boxes for Shrink oversized pages to paper size and Expand small pages to paper size are NOT checked. (In some versions the option is Page Scaling: NONE, click to find Fit to pages and Shrink large pages.)

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