I know I always say this, but I am so excited about today's craft! Christmas kids crafts are always fun, but this one is definitely a new favorite for me. So, grab a mug of peppermint hot chocolate, put your feet up, and get ready to fall in love with a paper cone Santa Claus!
A week until Thanksgiving, and then we're in full-blown Christmas mode! Yikes! Why do I always feel behind when it comes to the holidays? One of these days, I'll get ahead. At least I can help you get ahead with a great idea to keep the kids busy over Christmas break. Ready to get started? Here we go!
Paper Cone Santa Claus Kids Craft Idea
- 12 x 12" red scrapbook paper
- 8.5 x 11" white paper or card stock
- Small white pom pom
- Tiny pink or red pom pom
- Black gel pen (I like Paper Mate Ink Joy Gel Pens)
- Elmer's glitter glue (we used red, green, gold and silver)
- Elmer's CraftBond quick dry dual tip glue pen (I tried lots of different glues, and this one worked the best. It has a cool tip that helps spread the glue, and it dries with no winkles.)
- Scissors and a pencil
- A large circle for tracing (I used a food storage bucket lid)
- Optional -- free printable paper pieces (linked later in the post)
Special thank you to Elmer’s glue for sponsoring this Christmas kids craft. I received materials and compensation for using their products to create a fun project for you. All opinions are my own. I only endorse products that I believe my readers will love!
Make a paper cone
Find the largest circle you can that fits inside a 12 x 12" piece of paper. The lid of a food storage bucket was perfect, but a large plate will work, too. The bigger the circle (and the tighter you roll your cone), the taller your Santa will be.
- Trace your circle and cut it out. Fold the circle in half and then cut along your folded line. (You now have paper for two cones.)
- Gently fold your half circle in half, but don't crease it. Just pinch the part where the straight side folds in half. This will mark the center of the top of your cone.
- Roll your paper (the mark you made is the tip of the cone) until you have a nice cone shape. The tighter your cone, the taller your Santa. (Don't make the cone too fat, or the printables won't fit.)
- Glue down the edge to complete your cone, and allow it to dry for a few minutes.
Add the paper pieces
Now it's time to add the paper parts of Santa. You can free hand cut these pieces out of white paper or card stock or download my free printable. The printable includes three different beards, the hat brim, hair/head, and face. (You'll have to cut the mustache on your own.)
Click the download image below to download your patterns.
Add the paper pieces in this order: Hair/head (that's the wide strip), pink face (cut the face shape out and trace it onto pink paper), beard, hat brim.
Finish the face and decorate!
Using a gel pen, add eyes and mouth. Now add a tiny red or pink pom pom for Santa's nose. Add a mustache. Finally, grab the gel pens and decorate!
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Can you tell which Santas were made by kids and which one was made by an adult? It's easy. The timid Santa with just a little bit of glitter was made by me. The fun Santas with glitter galore were created by kids. Kids definitely know how to rock the glitter glue! I love that they aren't afraid to add their own style and personal touches to their Christmas crafts.
And, if you're wondering, a toilet paper roll makes a pretty good stand for a Santa that wants to be taller. (If you're not wondering -- it still makes a pretty good stand!)
What do you think? Does this Santa fit in the Christmas kids crafts category or the adults Christmas crafts category? I'm thinking both. Bring on the glitter glue. I want to make some more!
If you want to use this craft for your school Christmas party or the kids' table at Christmas dinner, consider tracing and cutting the cones out ahead of time. There should be plenty of time for the rest of the craft.
Thanks for stopping by today. Check out more fun crafts for Christmas by clicking on the images below.