This Santa Claus paper craft is so simple to make and is fun to play with when it is done. Make up your own Christmas stories to go with the Santa climbing up and down the chimney. And even though there is a printable template, feel free to draw Santa free-hand, especially for the older kids who enjoy drawing. Making this Santa craft is a great way to spend some screen free time, especially as kids are home more over the holiday breaks.
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SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- Paper lunch bag
- Markers (or crayons)
- Paper plate (9-inch coated)
- Large popsicle stick
- Red paint
- Medium pompom
- Black sharpie marker
- Glue stick
- Elmer’s glue
- Cotton balls
It is our mission here at “In the Bag Kids’ Crafts” to create the opportunity for you to craft together with your family. And that is not just something that we say, but something that we act upon. We have taken measures to make crafting with your kids actually do-able by, first of all, keeping all crafts simple (not crafts that just look good but are really for parents to make while kids watch) and, second, we stick to a master list of basic craft supplies for every single creative project on this site. The list is comprised of inexpensive items that fit into one bag…you’re welcome 🙂
Step 1: Paint the Chimney
- Lay out a piece of newspaper to cover your work surface.
- Place the paper lunch bag on the newspaper and squeeze out a little red paint.
- Pinch the pompom with the clothespin to form a “paint brush”
- Paint the front of the bag and set it aside to dry
Step 2: Color Santa Claus
- Print out the Santa Claus template (or you can draw Santa for your craft if you would like)
- Color your Santa Claus
- Then roughly cut around Santa. Cut off the bottom of the figure just below the knees for this Christmas craft.
Step 3: Glue and Cut
- Use your glue stick to attach the colored Santa Claus to the bottom of the paper plate. This may seem like an unnecessary step in this craft, but it will give the cut out some stability so that he can slide up and down the chimney.
- Now cut out Santa, leaving out the bottom half of Santa just below the knees. For kindergarteners, you may have them skip cutting out some of the details, like the fingers.
Step 4: Add the Fluff
- Squeeze a little Elmer’s glue (not too much) onto the areas that you would like to add a little fluff, like Santa’s beard, cuffs and the white of his hat.
- Then pull some cotton balls to fluff them up and add a little at a time to the glue.
- Give the glue a little time to dry before moving it too much, but you can move on to the next steps without a break.
Step 5: Add Details to the Chimney
- Now that the paint on the chimney has dried, let’s add a few details to this Santa Claus paper craft.
- Use the black sharpie to make horizontal lines and alternating vertical lines like bricks. Add other details as desired.
- Fold down the top of the bag twice and crease it.
- Cut a slit in the side of the bag from the bottom the cuff you folded.
Step 6: Attach the Handle
- Attach the large popsicle stick with tape so that it is coming out the side of the colored Santa, on the bottom.
- Now Santa can climb up and down the chimney.
Once you have made this Santa Claus paper craft, think about what stories you can tell. You may even need to make a few other crafts to go with him, like the rocking Rudolph (see below). The holiday break can be the perfect time to take the opportunity to craft together as a family while you have some down time. I would love to see what Santa art and craft you come up with!