After the success of our gorgeous little paper roll elves we wanted to follow up with another paper roll craft and who better than the big guy himself! Today marks the first day of opening the advent calendars and for my kids the countdown to Christmas has now officially began.
My little girl is too young to really understand, she just knows that something fun is happening with all the decorations and crafts. My son though is super excited. Every morning when he wakes up and every night before he goes to sleep he asks how many days it is until Christmas. Every day we make a new decoration to display around the house. Our house is pretty small so I image that by the time Christmas arrives it will look like Santa’s grotto! It’s a shame that we won’t be able to have our family around this Christmas but it’s a decision that we have made as a family and we will still do everything possible to ensure the kids have a great day. What are your plans this Christmas?
Here’s what we used
- Empty toilet paper roll
- Coloured crafting paper (red, white, black, yellow)
- Eye stickers (optional)
How to make our paper roll Santa
First you’ll want to start by colouring the paper roll, you could use paints, pens or cut out and glue paper strips around the roll like we did – whatever is easiest for your little one! make 1/3 of the paper roll skin colour and the other 2/3rds Santa red!
Next it’s time to make the cone shaped Santa hat. Cut out a triangle with a rounded bottom edge, roll it around into a cone and glue. Cut off any excess.
Now we need to give the paper roll Santa a face! Cut out a u shaped beard and a moustache – this part can be a bit fiddly and might need a grown up to help. Once you have these pieces glue them down in place on the Santa’s face. Then add two eyes, a nose and a mouth.
Add some decoration bits to your Santa. We added a white Pom Pom to the top of the hat and a white rim around the bottom of the hat. We then added a long black strip for the belt and a hollow square for the belt buckle.
To make the Santa’s legs and arms you will need to make four paper springs. To make a spring take two thin strips of paper and glue them together at a right angle. Take turns folding each paper strip over the other one, once you reach the end glue the loose ends down together. Repeat this process until you have four paper springs.
Nearly finished! Take some black card and cut out two boots and two mitten shapes. Glue a spring onto the back of each of the mittens and boots. Then glue the other ends of the spring in place as arms and legs on the paper roll.
Pop the hat in place on the top of the Santa’s head and the paper roll Santa is finished! I just love these!