This adorable craft stick Santa DIY is so easy to make, you just need a few minutes of your time and a handful of supplies like popsicle sticks, paint, pom poms, craft foam, and some fun wiggly eyes.
If you are looking for a project for the kids, this is definitely it! The younger kids can help with the painting or coloring and the older kids can manage just about all the steps. This little guy will make a cute gift tag, ornament, or addition to your holiday decor.
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Craft Stick Santa Claus Craft
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we were recently at the Dollar Tree for a few things when I spotted some jumbo craft sticks and pom poms. All I could picture was a cute Santa and this craft was planned in minutes.
When planning a craft project we have geared towards the kids, I like to make it easy enough to complete in a short time. This keeps the kids focused long enough to make a project they can keep or share.
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Tips for Making a Popsicle Stick Santa
- If you don’t have craft foam for the hat, you can use felt or scrap fabric instead.
- Add a bit of glitz to this craft project and use sparkling pom poms.
- If you don’t have a foam dauber to make Santa’s cheeks, you can use an eraser from a new No. 2 pencil.
- If you want to make this craft stick Santa into a Christmas ornament for your tree, attach a ribbon to the back for hanging.
Supplies for This Adorable Craft Stick Santa DIY
Below are the supplies I used, but check your stash. For instance, regular-sized popsicle sticks will work for the body and red paper will be fine for the hat.
- Jumbo Craft Sticks
- White Pom Poms
- Wiggle Eyes
- Sponge Dabbers
- Iridescent Glitter Glue
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Red Craft Foam
- White and Pink Acrylic Craft Paint
- Craft Stick Santa Template
How to Make a Craft Stick Santa DIY
Each step for this cute holiday craft for kids is detailed below so it’s easy to follow. Keep this page open while you are creating your craft stick DIY project. If you would rather have a printable how-to, just scroll down and select the print button.
Line up five craft sticks, making the three in the middle an inch longer than the two on the sides. Cut two additional sticks in half as an anchor for the back. Glue all the pieces in place with the hot glue gun.
Using scissors, trim the excess from the top of the two longer craft sticks.
Glue two of the discarded pieces to create a “V” shaped mustache. Paint Santa’s body and his mustache white.
Trace the hat pattern from the template onto the red craft foam. Cut out the hat with scissors.
Using a glue gun or craft glue for the younger kids, attach the 7 white pom poms to the bottom of Santa’s hat and 1 to the top.
Glue Santa’s hat to his head and the wiggly eyes and mustache to his face. Use one of the pieces of the excess craft stick from step 2 for Santa’s nose.
Using the round foam dauber and a scrap piece of paper or foam to protect the white painted area, make Santa’s cheeks with the pink acrylic paint.
Using the iridescent glitter glue, add sparkle to Santa’s beard and mustache by making a swirl pattern.
Once the iridescent paint is dry, you can enjoy your Craft Stick Santa DIY.
Notes for Making a Craft Stick Santa
- If preparing this Santa craft for kids in advance for very young children to decorate, use a small piece of sandpaper to smooth out the edges on the cut craft sticks.
- To keep the wood from splintering when you cut the craft sticks, you can use a pair of serrated craft scissors.
- Instead of the wiggly eyes, use a black marker to make Santa’s eyes.
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