Santa is one of the most recognisable Christmas figures and can serve as the inspiration for a great variety of children's crafts. His fluffy white beard, in particular, can be easily mimicked with standard white cotton balls in crafts that are appropriate for children. Younger children will have fun gluing cotton balls on items and shapes you prepared for them, while older children can complete the entire craft on their own from start to finish.
Santa tree ornaments
Draw circles on pink poster board and cut them out to create Santa's head. The circles should be roughly the same size as your cotton balls. If you find it hard to draw circles freehand and you don't have a drafting compass on hand, you can use a small lid as a guide. Draw and cut triangular shapes out of red poster board to create Santa's hat. Glue a hat to each head. If you used white poster board for these two sections, colour them before cutting them out. Draw eyes using a black marker and glue a single white cotton ball to each head to serve as the beard. Glue bits of white paper to each hat to create the trim and pom-pom; if you want, you can use pieces of cotton ball instead. Glue some thread to the back of each Santa to create a loop and hang the finished ornaments on your Christmas tree.
Santa wall art
Draw Santa's face on a large piece of white poster board, including an outline for the beard. Colour Santa's face with crayons, markers or paint; if you're using the latter, wait for it to fully dry before you continue. Glue cotton balls inside the outline of the beard to create a fluffy, three-dimensional effect. If you want, you can do the same for the hat's trim and pom-pom.
Draw Santa's face on a large piece of white poster board. Include his moustache and mouth and leave enough space for the beard, but don't outline it. Instead, draw 24 circles the size of a single cotton ball to form the shape of a beard and then number them from one to 24. Colour Santa's face with crayons, markers or paint and then glue some cotton balls on the moustache and, if you want, on the hat's trim and pom-pom. Every day, starting with the first of December, glue a cotton ball in the matching space. On Christmas Eve, Santa will have a full beard.
Draw a Santa beard on a piece of white fabric and cut it out. Include the moustache and cut out a space for the mouth to show through. Glue or staple a piece of elastic to the sides of the beard so it can be worn as a mask. Using either a glue gun or fabric glue, glue cotton balls all over the fabric to create a full, fluffy beard. If you don't have fabric on hand, you can also do this with paper, but it will be stiffer and less comfortable to wear.
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