As the holiday season gears up, you might be planning some DIY fun crafts to entertain your kids. If you’re up for a super easy and ridiculously cute project that screams Christmas spirit, you’re in for a treat with these popsicle stick Santas! This craft works for kids of all ages and it’s a fun way to beat the boredom or spend some quality time with your kids (or both) over Christmas break. 

Popsicle Stick Santas - Christmas Craft for Kids

The holiday season between Thanksgiving and Christmas is the perfect time of year for lots of crafts and lots of quality time with the whole family! This popsicle stick Santa craft will add a whole lot of charm and Christmas fun to your holiday festivities and make a great addition to your homemade Christmas decorations or a cute idea for a Christmas gift from kids to their grandparents! So let’s get into what you’ll need and how to make this great Christmas craft.

What You’ll Need to Make These Popsicle Stick Santas

supplies needed to make popsicle stick santas craft including santa paper, brushes, pens and markers, paints, popsicle sticks, scissors, tiny santa hats and a tiny wreath

You might already have some of these simple supplies in your craft supplies at home, but if you don’t, they’re easy to find at any craft store. 

How to Make Popsicle Stick Santas

Follow these simple step-by-step instructions to make this easy peasy Christmas craft! 

  1. Set 2 craft sticks side by side for the legs of Santa.
  2. Carefully hot glue 3 crafts sticks onto the top on the 2 side by side Craft sticks, leaving the bottom of the legs showing like pictured. This will be the body and head of Santa.
  3. Carefully cut 1/3 of 2 Craft sticks off using scissors.
  4. Turn your glued Craft sticks over and hot glue the 2 2/3 pieces into the sides with the raw end facing up. These will be the arms of Santa.
  1. Using the white paint pen, paint the top center Craft stick white, leaving a block up top plain for Santa’s head.
  1. Paint the rest of Santa red using an angled brush, again leaving a block up top for Santa’s head.
  1. Paint the small details of the eyes with a paint brush. A half circle with lashes or use white, blue, and black to paint eyes. You could also use tiny googly eyes for this step.
  2. Using pink, paint 3 small circles for a nose and cheeks and use the white paint pen to draw on a mustache.
  1. Use the metallic sharpies to draw on the details, like boots and mittens.
  2. Use a tiny black paint brush to paint buttons down the white center of Santa’s coat and a belt buckle across his waist.
  1. Cut 1 very thin pieces of white faux fur and use a bit of glue to attach it above Santa’s eyes and a small triangle piece to glue under his mustache for a Santa’s beard.
  1. Slide a red hat onto the top of Santa’s head and secure the bottom of the hat with hot glue.
  2. Hot glue the back of a miniature wreath onto the front of Santa by his belt to complete.
  1. Optional: attach a looped piece of string onto the back to make this into a craft stick Santa ornament or a magnet on the back for the fridge.

The Benefits of Doing Crafts With Kids

Working on do-it-yourself crafts with kids isn’t just about creating cute projects; it’s a wholesome and enriching experience that comes with a lot of benefits. Here’s a look at all the different ways that DIY crafts are not only so much fun, but also a fantastic way to spend quality time with your little ones:

1. Creativity Boost

DIY crafts encourage kids to unleash their creativity and imagination. They get to make decisions about colors, shapes, and designs, fostering a sense of autonomy and originality, all while making a fun craft.

2. Fine Motor Skills Development

From cutting and gluing to drawing and threading, DIY crafts involve a range of fine motor skills. These activities are a great way to help children improve their hand-eye coordination and dexterity.

popsicle stick santa craft

3. Problem-Solving Skills

Crafting often involves figuring out how to assemble different components or troubleshoot when things don’t go as planned. This nurtures problem-solving skills and teaches young children that it’s okay to make mistakes and find solutions.

4. Patience and Persistence

Completing a DIY project, even an easy craft, requires patience and persistence. Kids learn that good things come to those who stick with a task, promoting a positive attitude towards challenges.

5. Bonding Time

DIY crafts provide an opportunity for quality bonding time between parents, siblings, or friends. It’s a chance to communicate, share ideas, and create lasting memories together while they complete a fun project.

6. Boosts Confidence

Successfully completing a cute Christmas craft project gives children a sense of accomplishment and boosts their self-esteem. This sense of achievement is invaluable in building confidence.

7. Expression of Emotions

Crafting is a fantastic outlet for kids to express their emotions. Whether they’re feeling happy, sad, or excited, the process allows them to channel their emotions into something tangible. A simple craft can give you an idea who where they’re at emotionally since it challenges them.

8. Educational Value

Many DIY crafts involve learning about shapes, colors, numbers, and basic scientific concepts. It’s a hands-on approach to education that makes learning fun and memorable.

9. Environmental Awareness

Crafts often involve repurposing or recycling materials. This can instill a sense of environmental responsibility in kids, teaching them the importance of reducing waste and reusing items.

10. Quality Family Time

Crafting together is an excellent way for families to disconnect from screens and spend quality time together. It promotes open communication and creates a positive family atmosphere.

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