It’s Christmas, and Santa is the highlight in every house! There’s no better way to get in the spirit of the holiday season than to get together with the whole family and craft some Christmas décor. We’ve put together some ideas for your Santa activities to help create his iconic white beard, the red coat, and the friendly face that everybody loves. These crafts will not only please your guests but also teach the kids how to work with craft material and take on complicated projects. Continue reading for some fun Santa crafts for children.
Creative Santa Craft Ideas for Children
Here are some easy-to-make Santa craft ideas for this Christmas:
1. Newspaper Santa
The newspaper Santa is one of the easiest and most creative Santa Claus crafts for preschoolers as it also doubles as an art project.
- Blue cardstock
- Peach acrylic paint
- A painting brush and sponge dabber
- Black marker
- Start making the Santa by painting one sheet of newspaper with red watercolour. Saturate the paper with the paint and leave it to dry.
- Pick another small sheet of newspaper and paint it with peach acrylic paint using the sponge dabber. Set it aside to dry.
- Take some more unpainted newspaper, and cut out rectangles to make Santa’s cap and beard. Also cut two, long, slim rectangles to make a moustache and the brim of his hat. Finally, cut out a circle to form the tip of Santa’s hat.
- Once the red-painted newspaper is dry, cut out the following items: a half circle to form the body an shoulders, a triangle hat and an oval nose.
- From the small peach-painted newspaper, cut out the face.
- To make the moustache, take the slim, rectangular strip and slightly pinch and roll the ends with your fingers. Then, use a pencil to wrap strip to give it a handlebar shape. Then, glue it to the blue cardstock paper.
- Start glueing the pieces together to form Santa. The hat gets glued first to a poster board, and then the brim of the hat goes below. Fold the top vertex of the hat and glue it to the side with the circle cut out to make the tip.
- Glue the rectangular face and beard strip under the brim of the hat.
- Then glue the peach-coloured face and nose. The moustache gets glued below the nose, and it’s done!
2. Starfish Santa
The starfish Santa is a fun Christmas decoration project as it is the easiest to make and requires very little effort. The only work that goes into this project is painting it and allowing the different sections to dry up before you paint further. Since it is an attractive decorative item, you could make more than a dozen of these for the Christmas tree and the walls.
- Polystyrene starfish
- Acrylic paint
- Pick up a pack of polystyrene starfishes from the hobby store or order online. You will need acrylic paint as watercolours don’t adhere well to polystyrene.
- Start painting from the centre-out. Santa’s suit is red so paint the centre of the starfish all the way to half the length of the arms in red using a paintbrush. Be sure to paint in the gaps between the polystyrene beads as well to get a uniform finish. Set it aside to dry for a few hours.
- Pick up white paint and colour half of the arms with it to form the white sleeves of Santa’s suit.
- Use a peach colour on the ends of four arms consecutively to make the arms and legs. The final arm gets a red paint at the tip to make the hat. Allow it to dry for a while.
- Pick up black paint and a fine brush to draw the final features such as the eyes, a smile, belts, buttons and shoes.
- You can throw in your own creative ideas to make it look more realistic.
3. Paper Plate Santa
This one is a slightly advanced project suited for older kids.
- Paper plates
- Flesh-tone acrylic paint
- 1 ft square, red cardstock paper
- White cardstock paper
- 2-inch circle punch
- Googly eyes
- Red pom
- White craft glue
- Glue stick
- Draw a line marking 1/3rd of the paper plate and cut the section off with scissors. Paint the inside of the paper plate with the flesh-tone acrylic paint and set it aside to dry.
- Draw a giant triangle on the red cardstock paper and cut it out.
- On this triangle, mark 6 inches from the top vertex to the middle and with a ruler draw lines to all three corners of the triangle to mark the centre point, where the plate will go.
- Using the 2-inch circle punch, punch out two paper discs from the white cardstock paper. Cut one of these paper discs in half.
- Cut out a narrow strip from the white cardstock to form the brim of Santa’s hat.
- Once your plate is dry, start glueing the cutouts together. One of the 2-inch discs goes to the top of the triangle to form the tip of the hat while the strip forms the brim, and the plate goes under the brim to form the face.
- Using the glue, stick googly eyes. The half-cut discs form the moustache, and the red pom forms the nose. Glue it all in place using the white craft glue.
4. Popcorn Santa Craft
The popcorn Santa is a quite a unique idea for Christmas if you’re looking for a catchy idea. It’s easy to make, and kids will have a lot of fun making it.
- Black construction paper – 1 piece
- Red construction paper – 1 piece
- Beige construction paper – 1 piece
- 3 cups of popped popcorn
- Googly eyes
- Glue stick/white craft glue
- 1 small red pom
- Black marker
- The Santa figure is made over the black construction paper, so that will be your base. Start by cutting out a triangle out of the red construction paper to form Santa’s hat.
- Cut a circle out of the beige paper (about 4 inches or whatever size fits the hat). Cut a small circle from the red paper to form the nose.
- Start glueing the parts together. The beige face goes in the centre of the black construction paper. The red hat goes over the face. Stick them both firmly in place.
- Glue the googly eyes to and the nose to the face and draw a smile to complete it.
- Spread some white craft glue at the brim of the hat, around the cheeks and below the face to stick all the popcorn.
- Spread the popcorn over the glue and press them gently to help bond to the paper.
- Spread some glue at the tip of the hat and drop some more popcorn. Wait for the glue to dry, and it’s done!
5. Strawberry Pops Santa
Edible Santas are the coolest things you can create this Christmas, and everybody will love this one!
- Pink marshmallows
- Water and icing sugar
- Plastic sandwich bag
- Desiccated coconut
- White chocolate chips
- Black icing pen
- Mix the icing sugar with water to make a thick syrup that acts as a glue to hold everything together.
- Dip the marshmallow about a third of the way into the syrup to coat it uniformly. Now dip this coated part of the marshmallow into the coconut grating to make the beard.
- Pick two chocolate chips and dip their bottoms into the syrup and stick them to the sides of the marshmallow to form the eyes.
- Using the black icing pen, draw pupils and facial features to complete the face.
- Allow it to dry and stick a straw into the bottom of the marshmallow.
- To make the hat, cut a strawberry in half and dip it in the icing syrup to coat the bottom. Stick it to the top of the marshmallow to complete the Santa. Squeeze a little icing on top to complete the hat.
- Make a few dozen of these and allow them to dry.
6. Handprint Salt Dough Ornament
The Santa salt dough ornament is quite a unique item for your Christmas décor project and is something that will be cherished for years in the family. It doesn’t require any more material than what you already have in the house and costs almost nothing to make. But what they do have is plenty of love and value!
- Dough (mix ½ cup flour, ½ cup salt, ½ cup water to make the dough)
- Acrylic paint
- Varnish (optional)
- The project starts with making the handprints, and this step mandates adult supervision as it involves baking. Start with the raw materials of 1 cup flour 1/2 cup salt ½ cup water and mix them in a big bowl to make the dough. This quantity should be enough to make three kid-size prints. If you need to make more, increase the ingredients proportionately.
- Preheat the oven to 120 degrees Celsius.
- Take a baking tray and cover it with some baking paper.
- Dust a flat surface with some flour and transfer the dough. Roll it out to a thickness of about 7-8 mm. Transfer this to the baking tray.
- Ask your kids to imprint their hands into the dough and cut it out by leaving a margin of 2 mm around the hand impression. You can use the leftover dough to make other ornaments using a cookie cutter.
- Use a skewer or a chopstick to make a tiny hole at the base of the palm imprint. This hole will be used to string the twine. Make the hole about 1 cm from the end.
- Bake the dough cutouts in the oven for 3 hours or more and turn them after every two hours. You could even bake them overnight at lowered temperature to make them extra hard.
- Take the baked handprints out of the oven and allow them to cool. The Santa’s image will be made upside down – so the base of the palm and the thumb become the hat while the fingers become the beard. The face is to be painted in the middle.
- Using a pencil draw the outlines for the details on the handprint. A semicircle extending from the base of the thumb to the other side forms the hat. Draw a face with eyes just below the hat.
- Paint the hat with red acrylic paint on both sides. Then, paint the thumbnail white to form the tip of the cap. The face gets a peach paint and a red spot in between for the nose. The rest of the fingers and handprint can be white. Draw a moustache and mark the hat with white dots and allow it to dry for a day.
- Finish it with a few coats of varnish with drying periods in between to give it a beautiful gloss.
- Thread the twine through the needle hole and the Santa Claus handprint is ready!
Try one or all of these craft ideas this Christmas as part of your decoration. The material to make these are all readily available in most houses. The procedural steps for all these craft projects are simple and can be done by all kids with a little help from you. The handprint dough ornament will require some assistance but is an incredibly rewarding activity, the popcorn Santa is sure to get kids to want something to eat, and the strawberry pops Santa is sure to be a delight with the kids!