Festive Christmas Crafts Featuring Santa Claus

While you eagerly await Santa's arrival, get ready with these fun projects and crafts featuring Jolly Old Saint Nick and his reindeer pals.

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Jolly Holiday Pillow

    This Santa has all the requisite characteristics: fluffy beard, twinkling eyes, and a red hat with jingle bell tassels. The only thing missing is his sleigh loaded with presents.

Chipboard Star Santa Decoration

    This shimmering chipboard star will add a vintage look to your Christmas decor. Start with a small chipboard star and trace the shape onto old sheet music. Cut out the music and glue to the glossy white side of the star. Use an ink blending tool to spread raised felt dye ink onto the star, blending it into the center. Secure a Santa face to the star using two adhesive dots. Cut a small strip from ecru scrapbook paper (making inverted V cuts into each end), accordion-fold ends to match the picture, and glue across Santa's beard. Print Merry Christmas on a separate strip of ecru paper and glue to banner.

    Cover a large chipboard star with double-sided adhesive tape, trimming the excess. Adhere the smaller star to the larger one with two adhesive dots. Sprinkle ultrafine German glass glitter over the large star, shaking off the excess. To hang, punch a hole in the large star and add a wire hook.

Saint Nick Figurine

    The patina of this Santa gives him an aged look, but painted polka dots and stripes give the sculpture modern appeal. Follow our step-by-step instructions for molding, sculpting, and painting this keepsake trinket box.

Santa Stocking

    Get ready for Santa's big appearance with a stocking featuring none other than the big guy himself. Sew a pretty stocking from silk (with our free pattern) and embellish it with pleated paper medallions and Santa scrapbooking stickers.

Reindeer Book Cover

    Go ahead, judge this book by its cover. Download our free reindeer pattern, trace onto white felt, and cut out. Open the book so it lies flat. Cut felt around the open book, allowing for an extra inch on each side. Wrap the ends around the book and bond the edges together. Glue the reindeer silhouette on the front.

Santa & Rudolph

    Use a window sill to capture this scene straight from the North Pole -- Santa hanging out with his reindeer pal on a snowy landscape. The twig-and-felt figurines are held together with hot glue, but with this easy-to-make project, you can sub in crafts glue and make it with kids.

Needle Punch Santa Portrait

    Use our free pattern and a purchased needle punching kit (from a crafts store) to create this classic portrait of Father Christmas.

Santa Tea Towel

    Add some Christmas cheer to your kitchen with a fun tea towel. The small applique design is a perfect way to use up fabric scraps or remnants.

Santa Hat Place Cards

    Welcome Christmas guests to your table with Santa hat place cards. The glittery fur-trim hats also make great party favors.

Jolly Old Saint Nick Pillow

    Make your couch a little more merry this Christmas with a felted wool Santa pillow embellished with beads and decorative stitching. This craft would also make a great gift for a Santa-loving friend.

Santa Card

    Send warm holiday wishes with a card handcrafted from paper and antique-inspired scrapbooking supplies. Or for the real deal, scout out vintage cards from flea markets and antiques shops, and use in place of the scrapbooking materials.

Santa Banner

    Showcase your sewing talents with a banner featuring a Santa honed from layered felt. The textured wool, old-fashioned Santa, and vintage colors give the completed banner a nostalgic look, perfect for country or cottage decor.

Crafts-Stick Rudolph

    This classic kids' craft is easy to master and can occupy little hands while you check things off your Christmas to-do list. Simply paint (or color with markers) flat crafts sticks brown; let dry. Glue the tips of two sticks together to form a V shape, and glue a third stick horizontally across the top of the V. Glue a red pom-pom nose and plastic eyes to make the face, and add a ribbon hanger when dry.

Plush Santa Ornament

    Plush fur trimmings and a brocade hat and body make this Santa an exquisite Christmas tree ornament.

Advice from Santa

    Follow Santa's lead: Make your list and check it twice. This cute chalkboard is perfect for jotting down your holiday baking list or noting a holiday menu for guests.

Reindeer Slippers

    Keep little feet warm and toasty at Christmas with a pair of reindeer slippers. Buy a ready-made pair of slippers, and trim them with a few simple embellishments.

Santa Applique Stockings

    Lots of little pieces come together to make this stunning stocking, and we have patterns for all of them. Download the free patterns and start by working one area at a time. Cut out the pieces for one section, applique, and embellish, then move on to the next area. That way, you won't have to keep track of lots of small pieces.

Santa & Pal Pillow

    Santa doesn't seem to mind the blue bird perched on his head. The duo makes for a cheery holiday pillow with whimsical appeal.

Copper Reindeer Ornament

    Branch out and try working with a different medium. This reindeer ornament is crafted from copper sheeting, available at crafts stores. The thin, pliable sheet is relatively easy to work with.

Cozy Santa Christmas Blanket

    New to applique? Try this easy project. It starts with a premade blanket and involves bigger pieces -- which are easier to work with. Machine stitching means you can whip it up in no time.

Santa & Snowman Pillows

    Make one or both of these classic Christmas icons as festive pillows for jolly holiday decor for any room.

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