This easy Christmas craft for kids is a fun and simple way to involve your kids in the holiday. It only takes about 10 minutes to make, engages the kids in an exciting arts & crafts project (they loved this simple one), and produces an adorable, little Santa that can be displayed in your child’s room or play room.
I always look for ways to get my kids excited for the season and engaged in the spirit of the holiday. Sometimes it is having the kids help me mix batter, bake cookies and then decorate them with seasonal colors of icing & sprinkles. Sometimes it is playing Christmas music and singing along and dancing in a goofy way with the kids. Sometimes it is putting on videos and movies that typify the Christmas spirit. Sometimes it is building a DIY felt board for kids with separate felt pieces to form a cute little scene.
Other times, I like to have the kids help me make a cute Christmas craft, like this adorable little Santa made out of… (wait for it)… a toilet paper roll! Can you believe it?! I think the final product is so sweet and it really was incredibly easy to make.
Christmas Kid’s Craft: Santa
- one toilet paper roll (or cardboard tube from craft store)
- construction paper in white, red and black
- pretty scrapbook paper in a glittery silver or gold color
- googly eyes
- glue stick
- hole punch (optional)
- Measure the length of your cardboard tube / toilet paper roll. Cut a strip of white paper of that same width and wrap around the toilet paper roll. Secure the edge with some glue.
- Measure about 2/3 the length of the cardboard tube. Then cut a strip of red paper with that width (2/3 the length of the roll). This will be Santa’s shirt! Wrap it around the tube and secure with glue.
- Use the hole punch to punch out three circles out of the black paper. Secure those onto the red paper. These will be Santa’s buttons! (If you don’t have a hole punch, simply cut out small circles with a pair of scissors.
- Place the two googly eyes on the white portion of the roll. Secure with glue.
- Cut out two strips of black paper, each of which is approximately 1/2 inch wide. Place one of these strips at the bottom of the lowest button. This is Santa’s belt! Place the other strip above the eyes. This is Santa’s hair! Secure with glue.
- Cut out a small square, approximately 1/2 inch x 1/2 inch, of the glittery paper. This is Santa’s belt buckle! Secure with glue at the center of his belt.
- Cut out a large piece of red paper. Roll into a cone shape. Secure with glue. Fold the cone down to one side. This is Santa’s hat!
- Cut out a long strip of the glittery paper, about 1/2 inch wide, and secure at the bottom of Santa’s hat. This is part of Santa’s hat!
Done! Isn’t he cute?
My 3 year old LOVES him and is very proud of her handiwork. And my 16 month just wants to rip him apart! Ha! But then again, she likes taking apart anything she can get her little hands on… I guess toddlers will be toddlers!
If you enjoyed this post, check out some of these other easy toddler crafts and activities:
DIY Salt Art Craft for Kids
Fun Contact Paper Activity for Kids