Paper Plate Santa

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Paper Plate Santa

This cute little Santa Claus can be hung on your door, displayed on the fridge or propped up on the holiday table.

What you'll need

  • Miniature paper plate (approx 7-inch diameter)
  • Flesh-colored crayon (we used peach)
  • White, red, and pink construction paper
  • Small scrap of flesh-colored felt (we used peach)
  • Black fine tip marker
  • Scissors
  • White craft glue
  • 18-20 cotton balls
Helpful Tip:

To hang, tape a piece of looped yarn to the back of the Santa.

Buy construction paper in large value packs from discount department stores to have on hand for impromptu projects!


If you prefer, you can glue wiggle eyes on your Santa.

How to make it

  1. Turn paper plate upside down.

  2. Color center circle of the plate with flesh-colored crayon.

  3. Cut a simple cone shaped Santa hat from the red construction paper. Make sure the base of the hat is wide enough to cover the width of the plate. Glue hat in place, covering about an inch of the flesh-colored center circle.

  4. Cut a hat brim from the white construction paper, you can round the corners if you like. Glue over the bottom strip of the red hat.

  5. Cut two circles, about the size of a quarter, out of pink construction paper. Glue one on each side of the center of the peach circle.

  6. Cut a small half moon from the flesh-colored felt, about 3/4” wide, for the nose and glue to the center of the flesh-colored circle between the two pink cheek circles.

  7. Pipe white glue around the sides and bottom of the plate and press the cotton balls onto the glue to form the beard. Start at the white brim, work around and end at the other end of the white brim.

  8. Add a couple of drops of glue to the tip of the hat and add a cotton ball.

  9. Use a black marker to add a smile and eyes.

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