We’ve had a lot of fun over the years sharing fun toilet paper roll crafts. Our paper roll reindeer and our toilet roll elves are some of our favourite Christmas decorations. So, it only seemed logical that we should make a toilet paper roll Santa…how had we not made Santa yet?!
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Since 2020 seems to be the year of the toilet paper roll it felt like the right time to bust out this super cute craft project. I love how our Santa’s turned out. We wanted to be inclusive…another thing we learned in 2020…and are sharing Santa with varying skin tones. It’s so wonderful for kids to see the world they know reflected in the crafts that they make.
Okay, gather up those empty toilet paper rolls and let’s get crafting!
Toilet Paper Roll Santa Craft
toilet paper rolls
red, brown, black, white and peach acrylic paints
black, red, yellow and white felt
print out our toilet paper roll Santa template
thin black marker
The first step is to use a pencil to draw a space for Santa’s face. You’ll want to make a half oval, about 2″ wide and 2″ deep. Once you have the outline of the face drawn, paint the body of Santa red…everywhere but the face.
Time to print off the toilet paper roll santa template and cut out all of the pieces. Pin all of the template pieces to the appropriate pieces of felt. You will want to use a pair of sharp scissors to cut out the felt pieces.
The first thing we added to Santa was his belt. You should have a black strip of felt and a yellow square of felt. To cut the opening in the belt buckle, fold the yellow square in half and use your scissors to cut a circle in the middle of the square. Now, wrap the belt around Santa’s mid-section…a little lower than halfway down the toilet paper roll…remember Santa has a long beard. Glue the belt closed at the back of Santa. Use the glue gun to secure the buckle in place.
Now it’s time to add Santa’s hair and beard. Line one end of Santa’s hair up with the edge of his face, glue it in place and then wrap it around his head. All the way round to the other side of his face. Glue the hair in place. You can trim the length of Santa’s hair if you need.
With Santa’s hair in place, it’s time to glue on his glorious beard. Glue the beard overlapping the edge of the hair and a little on his face. Let Santa’s hair flow and don’t glue it to his body. Again, you can trim Santa’s beard to a length that you prefer…we liked his beard nice and long.
Let’s paint on Santa’s face. You could opt to glue on googly eyes…that would be totally cool. We painted on Santa’s fluffy white eyebrow, his bright eye, his bushy moustache and his sweet little nose and mouth. We use a thin black marker to draw on the nose and mouth. We used a spare toilet paper roll to experiment with exactly what we wanted the faces to look like. Take your time and have fun trying out different techniques.
Once you have Santa’s face complete it’s time to make his hat. Wrap the felt into a cone until it is a size that fits nicely on Santa’s head. Then secure it closed with the glue gun. When you have the red hat cone, use the glue gun to add the white felt trim to the hat and the pompom topper.
There are so many great toilet paper roll Christmas crafts to check out.
Our toilet paper roll reindeer are super popular too.
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