Upcycled Santa Crafts for Kids

You don’t need to go to the North Pole. You can find materials to make these Santa crafts for kids in your home. Soon you will find this jolly fellow reminding you of Christmas cheer.

We have questions for you to answer in the introductions of each craft. Scroll down to find the answers.

Santa crafts for kids

Quickly find the project you want to make first by clicking the picture.

link to toilet roll
thumbnail of lid santa
thumbnail of coffee can santa
plastic cup

Toilet roll Santa

toilet roll Santa

1. Why does Santa wear red?
2. Why do we associate him with gift giving?

To make this craft you will need;

  • Toilet roll
  • Two cotton balls
  • Wiggle eyes (optional)
  • Red paper
  • Glue stick
  • White glue
cut red paper for shirt and hat

Cut a piece 2 1/2 by 7 inches of paper for the shirt.  Also, cut a triangle from red paper. The base is 7 inches, the sides are 5 inches and from the base to the point is 3 1/2 inches. With a glue stick, glue the paper to the toilet roll.

glue the end

Glue the side of the hat together. Glue the hat to the top of the paper roll. Your points on the bottom will overlap some.

glue on the hat

Pinch the back of the hat so that it is tight against the toilet roll.

Cut off the extra paper at the point.

add a beard etc.

Glue on wiggle eyes or use a marker and make eyes.

Pull a cotton ball apart some so that it is in a long roll. Glue on the face for a beard.

Glue a cotton ball to the tip of the hat.

Plastic Lid Santa Crafts for Kids

lid Santa

3. Why does he laugh a “ho, ho, ho”?
4. Who makes Santa’s toys?

You will need;

  • Red lid like what comes off a coffee can
  • Wiggly eyes
  • Craft foam
  • Paper plate
cut pieces of craft foam for the hat

Cut a triangle from red foam. The base is approximately 6 inches. The sides are 4 3/4 inches. From the point to the base is 3 1/2 inches.
Cut a strip of white craft foam 1/4 by 6 inches.

cut a piece of paper plate

Cut 1/4 off the rim of a paper plate and round the ends.

make the mustache

Also, fold a piece of the paper plate rim about 3 inches. Fold the piece in half and round the open end. This will be the mustache.

glue the hat to the lid

Glue the white strip on the red triangle. Glue to the top of the lid.

add beard and eyes

Glue the beard on the bottom of the lid.

Add the eyes and mustache.

Cookie Container

coffee can Santa

5. Why do we give cookies to Santa?
6. In which Christmas show has a young boy who doesn’t believe in Santa goes on a train to the North Pole?


  • 3 lbs coffee container with lid
  • Cottage cheese container with lid
  • White and red tissue paper
  • Red felt
  • Polyester fiber fill
  • Tacky glue
cover can

Cut a red piece of tissue 14 1/2 by 20 inches. Fold the paper in half. Tape the tissue to the side of the coffee container.

tape to the bottom of the can

Fold the paper over the bottom and tape.

cover cottage cheese container

Cut a 7 by 14 inch of white tissue paper. Fold the paper in half. Tape the tissue to the sides and bottom of the cottage cheese container.

cut a triangle and sew side

Cut a triangle piece of red felt.

Sew the side of the felt from the point to the bottom of the hat.

sew the bottom edge

Fold the cut side up 1 inch and sew with a running stitch. Pull the thread so that the hat fits the head.

glue together. Add hat, eyes, and beard.

Glue the top of the cottage cheese container to the lid of the coffee can.
Don’t center it but place it next to the rim of the coffee can.

Glue on wiggly eyes. Glue on the hat.

Make a beard with fiber fill. Glue on the sides of the cottage cheese container and on the lip of the coffee can lid.

Fill your canister with Christmas cookies. Set the canister on the table or give as a gift to someone special.

Red Santa Cup

cup Santa

7. Why does he climb down the chimney?
8. Is Santa his real name?

What you will need;

  • 1 plastic 18 oz red cup
  • 1 cotton ball (jumble size)
  • 1 small white pompom
  • 1 tiny sparkly white pompom
  • 2 wiggly eyes medium size
  • Tacky glue
cut cotton ball

First cut your cotton ball in fourths.

glue on cotton

Glue it 1 1/2 inches from the bottom of cup. This will be the beard.

glue on eyes

Glue your wiggly eyes above the beard.

add pompoms

Glue your white pompom of the bottom of the cup. Glue on the sparkly white pompom on the side of the white pompom to make the hat.

Answers to the Questions

We hope that you have enjoyed making Santa crafts for kids. Now here are the answers to the questions.

1. He wears read because of the poem A visit from Saint Nicholas.

2. Santa gives gifts because he is associated with Saint Nicholas (a real person) who secretly gave gifts in shoes that were left out for him.

3, He says, “ho, ho, ho” because he is a jolly good fellow.

4. The Christmas elves help make Santa’s toys.

5.  Putting out cookies is a United States and Canada tradition. Some other countries, like Britain and Australia put out beer and mince pies instead.

6. In the Polar Express a boy does not believe in Santa.

7.  It was said he climbed down the chimney if he found a door locked.

8. Santa has many names, such as Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Father Christmas, and Kris Kringle.

Make some cookies and eat them with some milk near the fireplace with your Santa crafts for kids.

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