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Paper Plate Santa Craft For Kids [FREE Template]

It’s after Thanksgiving, dreary and cold outside, and you need something to do with your kids over the winter break. There just happens to be some leftover paper plates from the big meal. 

What’s a mom to do?

How about making this cute and fun paper plate Santa craft for kids?!

It’s the perfect way to keep your kids entertained and get excited for the holiday season! Paper plate crafts are always a hit with children and this one is no exception.

Read on below to see how easy it is to make with your kids. We’ve even included some step-by-step photos to guide you along the way. Also, be sure to check out all of our cute Santa activities for even more ideas!

Easy Santa Craft For Kids

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Supplies

Directions

Download the free Santa Claus craft template, print, and cut out the pieces.

hand holding paper plate santa craft template

Glue the bottom of Santa’s hat to the red base.

hands gluing together paper santa claus hat

Glue the hat puff to the tip of the hat.

hand gluing pom to end of paper santa craft

Place the cream face piece at the top of the center circle of the paper plate and glue it in place.

hands gluing face to paper plate Santa craft

Put the tongue piece on the bottom of the black mouth and glue it down. Cut off any excess.

hands gluing Santa paper plate craft mouth

Position the mouth towards the bottom of the inner circle of the paper plate and glue.

hands gluing mouth onto Santa paper plate craft

Glue the eyebrows towards the top of the cream face piece.

hands gluing eyebrows onto Santa paper plate craft

Place the white paper mustache on the paper plate so it covers the bottom of the cream face and glue it in place.

hands gluing mustache onto Santa paper plate craft

Use a circle punch or scissors to cut out a small pink nose for Santa. Glue in the middle of the mustache, where it dips in the center.

hands gluing nose onto paper plate Santa craft

Use the black marker to draw eyes on Santa’s face. 

hands drawing eyes on paper plate Santa craft

Use the scissors to cut a few slits on the top of the paper plate. This is to help flatten the plate and make it easier to secure the hat.

hands cutting top of Santa paper plate craft

Place the hat shape on the top, then flip the plate over (holding the hat in place) and secure it with tape on the back of the paper plate. 

hands taping paper Santa hat onto Santa paper plate craft

You’re finished! Wasn’t making this adorable paper plate Santa face so much fun?! It’s a great craft to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year and is guaranteed to get young and older kids in the holiday spirit.

Plus, it’s a fun craft for kids to customize! They could add some googly eyes, rosy cheeks, or stick on some cotton wool or pom poms to make Santa’s beard extra fluffy. Or how about adding a large popsicle stick to the back of the plate for a fun and easy puppet?

And did you know there are so many wonderful benefits to crafting with your children? Check out some of the best ones below.

Looking for some more fun Christmas activities to keep the kids busy? We’ve got you covered with this Christmas printables bundle! There are color by numbers, pattern block mats, do a dot printables, letters from Santa and so much more. No more hours of screen time – these activities will keep them engaged and happy!

closeup of Santa paper plate craft

Simple Christmas Ideas For Kids

There’s so much fun to be had during the Christmas season! Whether you’re creating some holiday magic for your kids or planning activities for a group, we’ve got you covered. 

Here are some simple Christmas ideas your kids will love!

Kids Christmas Crafts

Elf Yourself Craft – Don’t let the elves have all the fun this season! With our free printable template, your kids can create an elf version of themselves. They’ll love their festive mini-me –  and you’ll love the quiet time as they work on this engaging activity.

Grinch Name Craft – We all know and love the Grinch! He’s the perfect character to inspire creativity and learning. With this cute craft, younger kids can work on their spelling and letter recognition to create a cute piece of holiday decor. It’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit!

4 image collage of Christmas crafts for kids

Moving Santa Craft – Get ready to ‘rock’ around the Christmas tree with our moving Santa craft! Kids can create this rockin’ Santa using some simple craft supplies. It’s a fun and easy way to celebrate the holiday season while working on fine motor skills.

Torn Paper Reindeer Craft – Get ready for a hands-on craft perfect for the holiday season! This torn paper reindeer is super fun for young and older children alike. By tearing and pasting the colorful paper, they’ll work on hand-eye coordination and dexterity while creating a cute reindeer masterpiece!

Fun Christmas Activities

Keep the learning going all season long with our festive Grinch worksheets! We’ve included fun activities, including a letter maze, handwriting practice, and a label the Grinch. These worksheets are perfect for helping young children develop important skills while enjoying some holiday-themed fun. 

Storytime is always a favorite for kids, and we love book companion printables to bring the story to life! These How to Catch Santa worksheets are full of fun puzzles and activities that go along with the popular children’s book. They’re a fun way to practice reading comprehension, critical thinking, and fine motor skills!

two Santa Claus paper plate crafts

Our gingerbread man dot to dot pages are the cutest way to practice number recognition and problem-solving skills! Little kids will love counting and connecting the dots to reveal each gingerbread man illustration. Just print and let the fun begin! 

Want to add some holiday cheer to your kid’s coloring time? Check out these Christmas coloring pages for a no-prep activity for kids of all ages! From Santa and reindeer to Christmas trees and snowmen, you really can’t get any more festive than this!

closeup of Santa paper plate craft

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Did you make this paper plate Santa Claus with your children or students? If so, we’d love to see how they look!

closeup of Santa paper plate craft

Paper Plate Santa Craft For Kids

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This paper plate Santa is a simple and fun Christmas craft kids will love creating!

Materials

  • Paper plate
  • Colored card stock
  • Glue stick
  • Tape
  • Black marker
  • Santa craft template

Instructions

  1. Download the free Santa Claus craft template, print, and cut out the pieces. hand holding paper plate santa craft template
  2. Glue the bottom of Santa's hat to the red base.
  3. Glue the hat puff to the tip of the hat. hand gluing pom to end of paper santa craft
  4. Place the cream face piece at the top of the center circle of the paper plate and glue it in place.
  5. Put the tongue piece on the bottom of the black mouth and glue it down. Cut off any excess. hands gluing Santa paper plate craft mouth
  6. Position the mouth towards the bottom of the inner circle of the paper plate and glue.
  7. Glue the eyebrows towards the top of the cream face piece.hands gluing eyebrows onto Santa paper plate craft
  8. Place the white mustache on the paper plate so it covers the bottom of the cream face and glue in place.
  9. Use a circle punch or scissors to cut out a small pink nose for Santa. Glue in the middle of the mustache, where it dips in the center. hands gluing nose onto paper plate Santa craft
  10. Use the black marker to draw in Santa's eyes.
  11. Use the scissors to cut a few slits in the top of the paper plate. This is to help flatten the plate and make it easier to secure the hat. hands cutting slits into paper plate for paper plate santa craft
  12. Place the hat on the top of the paper plate, then flip the plate over (holding the hat in place) and secure it in place with tape.

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Free Santa Craft Template

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La

Friday 29th of December 2023

This web site isn't user friendly. Not getting the template to download.

Sam

Friday 29th of December 2023

Since you’re a subscriber, you just need to click the “Click Here To Get Your Freebie” image at the end of the post and then enter your email in the form. After that, it’ll automatically redirect you to the download page ◡̈

ruthie

Friday 22nd of December 2023

love it

Sam

Saturday 23rd of December 2023

Thanks so much!

Amy

Tuesday 19th of December 2023

Nice Craft

Sam

Wednesday 20th of December 2023

So glad you think so!

Thana

Sunday 17th of December 2023

I'd really love this

Sam

Monday 18th of December 2023

Since you’re already an email subscriber, all you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of any post and it’ll automatically redirect you to the download page ◡̈

Adeola

Thursday 14th of December 2023

Please send me the Santa template. Also the reindeer template.

Thanks.

Sam

Friday 15th of December 2023

Hi! I just checked your email and it’s listed as “unconfirmed” which means you didn’t click the link in the first email. If you didn’t see it, my best guess is it landed in your junk folder. If you can check that folder for my email (sam@simpleeverydaymom.com) and click the link, you’ll be set ◡̈

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