You can leave them natural color, using different colored hardwoods such as maple and even or use stains or acrylic paint for a totally different look. You can even add a festive ribbon on his neck to dress him up. They are fun and easy and can be made up in a snap for quick gifts for teachers, children or just to bring that little something to a holiday gathering you are attending. Just fill them up with some small candies and you are ready to fly. This is a great beginning scroll saw pattern.