This Santa beard craft is the perfect fun activity to keep the kids busy this Christmas. It’s easy enough, even the little ones can come up with their own creation (some adult assistance/supervision with scissors may be needed). You can download and print the template from the printables library for free.
Add cotton wool to Santa’s beard, glitter to his hat and really just decorate it however you like! Add your own twist to it.
I love papercrafts for the kids, they’re so simple and the kids love them. Once they’ve made their Santa beard craft, it is sure to keep them busy playing and getting into the spirit of Christmas. Put on a play, dress up or even head to school wearing your costume for some fun!
Download your free Santa beard and hat template. You can print onto US Letter or A4. I used a 200 gsm card that worked well. I wouldn’t recommend copy paper (80-90 gsm) as you need some thicker card to take glue and hold upright.
For true to size printing, ensure your printer settings specify “actual size”. The exact wording can vary between printers however you will need to avoid settings such as “fit” or “scale” as these will change the size of the template.
Your template comes with 3 pages. Cut out the beard, hat and hat pom pom. The first page also has headband wrappers. Further along, these wrappers will be attached to make one big band to fit around the head. If you have a large sheet of white card you can simply use that if you like.
You should now have the following items cut out from your template:
There are 3 headband wrapper strips. Attach them with tape, making one long band.
With your Santa hat, fold along the top dotted line (as pictured below).
Many people do not have a duplexing option (printing on both sides) on their printer. When the Santa hat is folded from the top, it will be white. For this reason we will be adding some sparkle with glitter.
Flip your Santa hat over and paint the folded point only with glue.
Sprinkle the white point with red glitter. I have used super fine glitter as it’s all I had at the time. It did the job but I had to touch it up several times. Given the choice, I would go for a course glitter with larger pieces.
Now that we’ve added some glitter to the Santa hat, apply glue to the pom pom circle. Slightly pull apart a cotton wool ball to loosen it, then attach the cotton wool to the paper circle.
Once you have adhered the cotton wool, glue the underside of the pom pom and attach to the point of the glitter hat (see picture below).
Now it’s time for the fun part of your Santa beard craft! Flip Santa’s beard over so that the templates dotted line that you cut is on the back. It will look neater if you cannot see this. Apply glue to the beard.
Begin applying the cotton balls to the beard. Pull and stretch each one apart a little before attaching to the beard. Be sure to leave some space at the top of each side of the beard. This is where we will attach it to the hat.
You can add extra decorations here. I thought attaching some bells or small battery twinkle lights (just something that resembles Christmas lights) could be fun too. Like you see men actually doing to their real beards at Christmas time!
Attach the top of Santa’s hat to the middle of your headband wrapper with glue. Using tape then attach Santa’s beard to the other side of the headband wrapper (pictures below).
Once you have done that, measure how big you need the headband wrapper to be by wrapping around the head. Trim off any unnecessary wrapper then tape together.
That’s it! So simple, quick and easy. I really want to add some “beard lights” in there now. I think that would look so fun! If you like you could also add cotton wool around the white head wrapper too.
I’d love to see your’s or your kid’s Santa beard crafts. Or even show me your favourite Christmas paper crafts, I’m obsessed with them! Tag me, @avisualmerriment on Instagram or Facebook with your pics.