There’s no better way to get into the spirit of the season than crafting a bit of holiday decor, especially when the whole family is able to participate. Focus on Santa Claus this Christmas by creating a few projects centered around the man himself. Capture Santa’s iconic white beard, unmissable red coat, and signature rosy cheeks with paint, paper, and recycled materials. Most Santa crafts are simple and straightforward, so even the least experienced crafters (and littlest kids) can tackle them easily in one cozy afternoon. No matter how you and your little ones choose to imagine Santa Claus this Christmas, do so via the list of creative, kid-friendly ideas below.
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Hand Print Santa Ornament
This fun craft is an absolute two-for: kids get to make homemade play-dough, then shape and paint it into an adorable ornament. This quick craft will surely be a keepsake--your kids will love measuring their growing hands against their smaller ones for years to come. Although the craft dough is made from flour and salt, it’s definitely not safe for consumption, so keep a close eye on kid makers.
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Strawberry Santa Pops
Bring craft time to the kitchen by building cute Santa pops. Simple white icing is sticky enough to add a sprinkle beard and Santa's features, so no specialty ingredients are needed here. These clever snacks even incorporate strawberry, so rest easy knowing your kids will get a bit of fruit between all the treats this holiday season.
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After you’ve strung plenty of popcorn garland, put those leftover popped kernels to good use as Santa’s fluffy beard. Don’t forget a big pair of googly eyes to finish this easy, adorable, kid-friendly artwork. Looking to make this decoration last a few years? Give it a quick spray with a clear sealant to prevent the popcorn from flaking off.
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Starfish Santa Craft
Transform a vacation souvenir (or a store-bought starfish) into a festive Christmas decoration with a quick coat of paint. Add a bit of looped fishing line to turn this tabletop tchotchke into a Christmas tree ornament and enjoy it for multiple holiday seasons.
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Paper Plate Santa
This straightforward kids’ craft couldn’t be easier. Break out the non-toxic paint and construction paper and let kids create a piece of Santa-themed artwork. Little ones in need of a little inspiration? Grab a stack of holiday books and have them recreate the illustrations.
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Mix up a big batch of fluffy, squeezable slime for an easy holiday-themed project that little ones will enjoy making as much as they'll enjoy playing with. Use food-safe dye to color your slime red, and add a drop or two of cinnamon essential oil to scent it.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Santa Corner Bookmark
Encourage your kids’ regular reading habits, even over the school holiday break, with a set of festive, homemade bookmarks. These Santa corner bookmarks are perfect for a cozy, Christmas-themed novel, or to provide a little extra motivation to get through mandatory reading.
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Paper Plate Santa Face
Put a couple of paper plates to good use by creating this simple Santa face art. This is a great project for little ones wanting to practice their fine motor skills--cutting simple shapes from paper is a great way to hone those scissor skills.
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Painted Beard Santa
This quick artwork idea uses two different, fun painting techniques to keep kids engaged. Are your little ones too small for a paintbrush? Grab some white fingerpaint and point them in the direction of Santa's beard. Try creating this art on a piece of cardstock or canvas so you can display it during the holidays year after year.
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Yarn Beard Santa
Give Santa a beard trim with this clever craft. Bits of yarn, tied onto a sturdy base, act as hair tendrils ready to be snipped into shape by your little ones. While the hole punch should be handled by adults, kids can definitely practice their scissor skills with a safety pair.
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Cork Santa Claus
Create an army of mini Santas to welcome the holiday season out of salvaged wine corks. A bit of felt, paint, and a loop of ribbon turns a plain cork into a festive Santa Claus Christmas Tree ornament, so grab a bag and start saving wine stoppers this Thanksgiving.
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Paper Beard Santa
Add a bit of dimension to your Santa-themed artwork with a curlicue white paper beard. Kids will love mastering the wrap-and-curl paper technique to bring their Santa Claus to life. Hang these on the wall in clusters of three for an eye-catching holiday display.