Playmobil Santa into St. Nicholas
Turn your Playmobil Santa into Saint Nicholas!
Playmobil has introduced a new St. Nicholas, available in the US in 2011. However, you may still be interested in turning your Santas into St. Nicholases.
Playmobil Santas (#5793, #3852, #4679) all came with Santa sacks, Santa hats, and sticks. One came with a cloak, too (however, the cloak doesn't look good with our conversion).
A felt chasuble and metallic poster board miter will turn these Santas into St. Nicholas. A metallic gold chenille stem could also make a crozier. However, It probably wouldn't hold up so well, tossed in with other Playmobil pieces. Click for PDF with patterns and instructions.
If you have Royal King (#4663) your Santa could become a Byzantine St. Nicholas. The crown, with crosses, is similar enough to be used as a Byzantine miter. The scepter, also topped with a cross, can be the staff. Playmobil set #4663 has been discontinued, but there are a number of them available on eBay.
Several years ago a French woman made plastic miters for Playmobil Santas. They are lovely, but were pricey and a little fragile; I have no idea how she made them—it was before 3-D printing.