This Paper Tube Santa Craft for Kids is Too Cute!

This kid-made paper tube Santa craft is the perfect holiday break activity! We’re making them for ornaments and easy Christmas present decorations.

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The kids will love making this easy Santa Claus paper tube craft for Christmas!

Paper Tube Santa Craft

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we adore it when the kiddo has time off from school at the holidays! Just kidding, we’re always scrambling for fun Christmas crafts and activities–anything to keep them busy and having fun instead of hearing the dreaded “I’m bored” whining. Anything but that. This year, we’re planning on making a ton of this easy paper roll Santa Claus craft.


So simple and fun, you can literally make 5-10 of this paper tube Santa craft in just a few mintues. It’s literally one of the easiest Christmas crafts for kids ever. And they’re going to be so proud to have this cute little Santa on the table. Let’s get started.

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Tips to Make This Christmas Craft for kids

  • Click here to get the free printable template for this adorable Santa craft. You could totally make it without a template, but you know, if there is one, why not?!
  • If you don’t have red paper, you can always just paint it on white paper. It might take a little longer (which is that bad with a kid’s craft?!) but it will definitely still be adorable.
  • Want to turn this easy Santa into an ornament? Just add a string to the top of the hat, when you’re gluing together the cone!
  • If you want to make this little Santa puppet a little more sturdy, you can put a portion of a paper towel roll inside. We didn’t just because we didn’t have one handy. But if you do, you can totally do it–it’ll fit.
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How Do I Make this Paper Tube Santa Craft?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.

Yield: 1 Paper Tube Santa Craft

Paper Tube Santa Craft

kids craft with a paper tube to make santa

This is the easiest, most fun paper tube Santa craft! It's a fun time when the kiddo is so excited to make a little Santa to decorate the tree!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1


  • Craft paper – red, black and white
  • Cotton
  • Googly eyes


  • Pencil or pen – for tracing the template
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue or glue stick


  1. Cut out the template patterns.
  2. Glue the strip onto the rectangle, along its middle line, lengthwise.
  3. Glue the face on the rectangle on the top-middle.
  4. Glue the beard onto the lower part of the face.
  5. Glue on the mustache and eyes.
  6. Apply golden craft glitter to the small rectangle. 
  7. Attach the now golden sparkly square in the center of the belt. photo collage of How to make a Santa clause paper tube craft
  8. Create a cone shape with the semi-circular shape.
  9. Glue the two open ends to secure the cone.
  10. Attach a small pinch of cotton to the top of the hat.
  11. Roll the large rectangle into a tube and glue the ends together to secure the roll.
  12. Glue the cone hat onto the top of the paper roll. 
  13. Add more details as desired and allow the glue dry completely. photo collage tutorial of How to make a Santa tube craft


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