Santa & Elf christmas paper plate craft

This Christmas paper plate craft featuring Santa and his favourite Elf is so much fun! Why make just a Santa craft or Elf craft when you can feature them BOTH for even more fun? Toddlers and preschoolers will be THRILLED to get into the Christmas spirit with this Christmas craft for kids. We even included a free printable template to make it even easier for you. Follow the step by step directions below to make your own festive Christmas paper plate craft!

Christmas paper plate craft.

Looking for more Santa crafts? You'll love these salt dough Santa ornaments and these Santa and Rudolph spoon puppets.

Or how about Elf crafts? Your toddlers and preschoolers will have so much fun with this Elf on the Shelf craft and this elf salt dough handprint ornament!

santa craft and elf craft for kids

Christmas paper plate crafts can be a lot of fun... and a good way to use up a stack of paper plates leftover from Thanksgiving! We really enjoyed this Christmas craft for kids that doubles as a Santa craft AND Elf craft - young children will have a BLAST with it!

Pair this fun craft with your favourite Christmas book and you're in for an afternoon of fun!

Scroll down below to get started making your own Christmas paper plate craft.

Christmas craft for kids. Paper plate Santa and Elf



Santa & Elf christmas paper plate craft

Supplies for your Christmas paper plate craft

  • Santa & Elf template
  • Paper plate
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn
  • Markers - red, green, black, yellow
  • Glue stick

Directions to make your Christmas paper plate craft

STEP 1: Gather your supplies

Before you start, I recommend gathering up all your supplies - this just makes it a bit easier when making crafts with young children. Be sure to download and print the template too! Scroll down below to download the free printable Santa & Elf template.

printable christmas paper plate craft for kids

STEP 2: Make the banner

Cut out the template and then fold the banner letters along the dotted line. Arrange them in order and fold them over the yarn, then glue the bottom to secure them into place as shown below.

Christmas craft for kids

STEP 3: Make the Santa & Elf figures

Fold the paper plate in half and then trace the template onto the plate - making sure the hat, hands, and feet connect along the fold as shown below.

Elf craft and santa craft

Cut the figure out of the paper plate, making sure not to cut along the fold. Then, open to reveal Santa & the Elf holding hands! Colour as desired. For toddlers and younger preschoolers you may want to draw Santa's and the Elf's clothes and features ready for them to colour. 

Christmas paper plate craft. Santa craft ane elf craft for kids.

STEP 4: Finalize the Christmas paper plate craft

To finish up this Christmas craft, hole punch the hands and tie the yarn at each end to hang the banner as if they were holding it - as shown below. Fold the paper plate in the centre and stand your Christmas characters up. 

Elf craft and santa craft for kids. Christmas paper plate craft.


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Santa craft and Elf craft. A fun and easy Christmas craft for kids. Christmas paper plate craft.

We hope you enjoy making this fun Christmas paper plate craft featuring Santa and his favourite little Elf! No matter if your toddler or preschooler enjoys a fun Santa craft or prefers a good Elf craft.... they will surely love this Christmas craft! Christmas crafts for kids are a lot of fun and this one is no exception. Enjoy!

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