Star Santa: a great project for home!

by Kelli Lewis

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So, the kids are out for winter break, but the Big Guy isn’t slated to come for a few more days. Since Santa is all that’s really on their minds (let’s be real), here’s a fun craft to make with your little ones at home!

What you’ll need:

  • red construction paper, cut into star-shaped pieces (about the size of a small paper plate)
  • cotton balls
  • markers or crayons
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • ribbon
  • glue stick

What to do:

  1. After creating stars out of the red construction paper, lay the star flat on a table in front of you. Be sure that one of the star’s points is at the top.
  2. Create Santa’s face on the top point of the star, leaving the very top of the point for his “hat.” Pull some cotton from the cotton balls for his beard and brim of his hat. Use the markers or crayons to draw eyes, a nose and a mouth for his face.
  3. The middle of the star will serve as his body. Use markers or crayons to draw buttons for his suit. You can also use more cotton for the bottom lining of his suit.
  4. The other 4 points will serve as Santa’s arms (the two points pointing to the left and right) and legs (the two points pointing down). Arms: Add cotton to the end of his sleeves on his suit. Be sure to leave small triangles for the very tip to serve as his hands. Legs: Use markers or crayons to draw black boots for his shoes. This will be done by creating small triangles at the very end tip of the two points that are the legs.
  5. Punch a hole in the top of the star (Santa’s head/hat).
  6. Tie ribbon through the hole to create a way to hang your ornament! Or, to make a magnet, add a magnetic strip to the back.

Congratulations! You’ve just gotten yourself 30 minutes closer to Santa’s arrival.

Kelli Lewis is a current education graduate student at The University of Georgia and a regular contributor to A Learning Experience.



Filed under Activities, Holidays, Parenting

5 responses to “Star Santa: a great project for home!

  1. Susan

    We will definitely do this today as thew older children that are out of school can help the younger ones. What a great idea for a decoration. Susan

  2. Jeanne Jones

    Along with the cute Santa, you can also make stockings using the same method. My class makes large stockings out of brown paper grocery sacks. Trace a large stocking on the bag and cut out both layers. Punch holes down the sides, lace up with yarn, add cotton balls at the top, and you have a nice big stocking.

  3. PEGGY

    Love this. Thanks! I was looking for something to do with my children this week. We have a Santa collection sitting on our foyer table. They will love making this to add to it. Thanks!

  4. connie wiley

    Cute idea. You could also use an inch section from a paper towel roll, glue to the back of the Santa and you have instant napkin holders! Great way to recycle. The kids will love this.

  5. ecossick

    I loved this project– so simple but super cute. Loved all the comments. Connie’s napkin ring modification idea is genius! Connie is also our comment winner from last week; she won herself a $20 School Box gift card. Woot woot.