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Are you looking for a quick and easy Christmas gift for neighbors? Make this cookie bucket from a clay pot to look like Santa’s coat!

Below you will find several of my best Christmas cookie ideas as well as a great way to gift Christmas cookies to your neighbors.

Christmas Gift for Neighbors DIY Cookie Bucket with Santa Clause Theme

There are many ways you can wrap cookies to gift them, and today we’re making a little DIY project that is quick and easy to do.

If you’re a crafty type, you probably already have the materials to make this gift. 

Plus, it will serve as a nice holiday decoration for them to put plants or other goodies in during the holiday season.

A Santa themed cookie bucket DIY project Christmas gift for neighbors, a Santa painted clay pot with cellophane wrapped cookies inside, all sitting in front of holly berries and pine code decoration

So let’s get started!

Christmas Gift For Neighbors – Santa Cookie Bucket


Tools Needed

  • Paint Brush
  • Hot Glue Gun or other quick-drying glue (I like the cordless kind)


Supplies to make a Christmas gift for neighbors, clay pot, paint, felt, glue gun, paint brush

How To Make Cookie Bucket Christmas Gift for Neighbors


Follow these instructions to make a fun Santa Claus themed clay pot.

This is an ideal holder for cookies and a great way to gift them to your neighbors.

Note: If you are reusing a clay pot, make sure to clean it well and let dry completely before painting.

Paint Lower Half of Cookie Bucket Red

Below the lip of the pot, paint the entire surface with two coats of the red chalk paint, allowing the paint to dry between coats.

Painting a terracotta pot red with a first coat of paint to make a Santa themed cookie bucket

Chalk paint dries quite quickly, so it should only take a few minutes before you can apply your second coat.

Painting clay pot red to make santa outfitRed painted clay pot to make Santa bucket for a Christmas cookie gift for neighborsGET RED CHALK PAINT »

Paint The Cookie Bucket Rim White

Now that the red paint has dried, we can move on and paint the top rim white.

Again, let’s do two coats. Paint the top rim with the white chalk paint, applying two coats and allowing it to dry between coats.

Painting the rim of a clay pot white to create a Santa Clause design

For an extra clean look, paint the inside rim of the clay pot white as well.

Santa clay pot in the making with a red lower half and white painted rimGET WHITE CHALK PAINT »

Paint Santa Suite White Stripe

The next step is to paint a white stripe down the length of the pot to create the fur of Santa’s coat.

Using your paintbrush, dab the outer edges of the stripe to make a “fuzzy” appearance for the fur.

Painting a white stripe down the red lower half on terracotta pot to create Santa's fur jacket appearance

Attach Santa’s Belt

Using hot glue or other quick dry glue, attach the black nylon or ribbon around the clay pot.

This should be positioned about 3/4ths of the way down; on the lower portion of the red area.

Because the clay pot tapers downward, only glue the top portion of the ribbon or nylon. Leaving the bottom half free-hanging will make sure it doesn’t bunch up.

Attaching belt to red and white clay pot to make Santa themed gift for neighbors

Hot glue the metal washer on top of the black nylon, centered with the white stripe to represent the buckle on Santa’s belt. The only thing left to do is add the cookies!



Cookie Christmas gift for neighbors, painted clay pot to look like Santa and cookies placed in a cellophane bag inside the clay pot.

Doesn’t this look lovely?

Santa cookie bucket DIY Christmas gift for neighbors; clay pot painted like Santa's jacket and filled with cookies.

Cookie Bucket Recipes – Christmas Gift For Neighbors

These recipes are perfect to go inside your cookie bucket Christmas gift for your neighbors!

Santa cookie bucket Christmas gift for neighbors DIY craft idea with clay pot and paint

Santa cookie bucket DIY Christmas gift for neighbors; clay pot painted like Santa's jacket and filled with cookies.
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Cookie Bucket DIY Christmas Gift for Neighbors

A Christmas gift for neighbors, a cookie bucket made to look like Santa's coat.
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Yield: 1 Cookie Bucket
Author: Scrappy Geek
Cost: $5


  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush


  • 1 4" clay pot
  • White chalk paint
  • Red chalk paint
  • 1/2" wide black nylon webbing or use ribbon
  • 1 3/4 inch metal washer


  • Paint the bottom (below the rim/lip) of the clay pot red; allow to dry and add a second coat of paint
  • Paint the top rim white, inside and out. Allow to dry, complete with a second cot of paint
  • Paint a stripe down the middle, vertically, and dab your brush to create a fuzzy furry looking effect for Santa's coat. Allow to dry
  • Wrap and cut the nylon webbing around the bucket, securing with hot glue to only the top of portion of the webbing; allowing the lower portion to hang freely.
  • Attach the washer to the webbing, where the webbing and the white jacket paint intersect
  • Add cookies wrapped in cellophane and give as a gift


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