15 Santa Crafts for Kids

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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    Newspaper Santa Art

    Newspaper Santa
    I Heart Crafty Things

    Scavenge the recycling bin for a few sheets of newsprint to create a multi-media Santa face. Pro tip: create this happy Santa on sturdy cardstock or cardboard--it’ll stand up better to multiple layers of paint and glue.

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    Hand Print Santa Ornament

    Hand Print Ornament
    The Best Ideas for Kids

    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

    Strawberry Santa Pops
    Capture by Lucy

    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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    Craft Stick Santa

    Craft Stick Santa
    Easy Peasy and Fun

    Grab those tried-and-true kid’s art media, the craft stick, to build a durable Santa Claus decoration. This one stands up to packing and unpacking year after year, so consider it a homemade keepsake to bring out each holiday season.

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    Popcorn Santa

    Popcorn Santa
    The Inspiration Edit

    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

    Santa Starfish
    Crafts by Courtney

    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

    Paper Plate Santa
    Simple Everyday Mom

    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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    Santa Slime

    Santa Slime
    The Best Ideas for Kids

    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. 

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    Santa Corner Bookmark

    Santa Corner Bookmark
    Red Ted Art

    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

    Paper Plate Santa
    I Heart Crafty Things

    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

    Painted Beard Santa
    Buggy and Buddy

    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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    Santa Finger Puppet

    Santa Finger Puppet
    Kids Craft Room

    Playing pretend feels extra special during Christmastime, so why not create a set of holiday-themed finger puppets with your kids? This version includes a free printable, so the creativity (and artistic skill) needed is minimal. 

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    Yarn Beard Santa

    Yarn Beard Santa
    Kids Craft Room

    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

    Cork Santa
    Red Ted Art

    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

    Paper Beard Santa
    Arty Crafty Kids

    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.