How to Make Santa Christmas Countdown Craft Step by Step

We hope you and your kids enjoy the countdown to Christmas in December after making this adorable Santa Claus Beard Christmas Countdown Craft.

How to Make a Santa Christmas Countdown Craft

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Does your child love counting down the days until Christmas in December? This bearded Santa Claus Christmas countdown craft made from paper plates, cardboard, cotton balls, paper chains, and Elmer’s Glue is the perfect product to keep kids excited about Christmas all month long.

Just use scissors to cut off one link of the paper chain and when you reach the end of Santa’s beard it’s Christmas Day.

How to make a Santa Claus bearded Christmas countdown craft

Read our simple step-by-step instructions below to learn how to make your own Santa countdown crafts. Be sure to watch our video tutorial inside this post before you get started.

Supplies needed to make this Christmas Countdown Craft:

paper plate
paint skin color
paint brush
red white card
White paper
googly eyes

Instructions for making Santa Claus Crafts with this Paper Plate

1. Start by painting the inside circle of your paper plate with skin color paint. Set the paper plate aside to let the paint dry.

2. Lay your red cardboard horizontally and cut it so that you have one piece 4 inches wide and one piece 7 inches wide. The 4 inch part will be used for Santa’s shirt. Cut a triangle from a 7-inch piece to make a Santa hat.

3. Cut a small strip along the top of your sheet of paper to form a straight edge.

4. Cut 25 white strips from your copy paper, about 1 inch by 7 ½ inches each. Loop six strips around the bottom of the paper plate and pin them in place to start making Santa’s beard. Now use your Elmer’s Glue Stick to apply the remaining 19 pieces. Add some glue to the end of each strip, pull it over one of the existing paper circles, and glue the strip back to form another circle in the paper chain.

You can design your Santa Claus paper string beard any way you choose with your 25 strips of paper. If you’d like to follow our Santa Claus beard, connect the strips as follows:
Rows 1-2
Rows 2 – 5
Row 3 – 5
Rows 4 – 5
Rows 5 – 5
Rows 6 – 2

Use the last strip of paper to join the bottom two circles in the 3rd and 4th rows together.

5. Use a stapler to attach your red rectangular Santa Claus shirt to the paper plate underneath Santa’s beard. Then, use your glue stick to stick the triangular hat on top of your Santa’s face. Fold the top of the Santa hat down and use school glue to glue a cotton ball to the end of the hat.

6. Squeeze an Elmer’s School Glue line along the top of your paper plate at the base of the Santa hat. Place a row of cotton balls along the glue line. Squeeze another line of field glue along the bottom of the paper plate over the pin and place another line of cotton wool along the glue line.

7. Cut a 3-inch circle from your white card to use for the mustache and then cut the circle in half. Glue the half circles to the center of your Santa’s face as a mustache. Cut a 1-inch circle from your red cardboard and stick it in the center of your mustache for Santa’s red nose.

8. Complete your Santa Beard Countdown Craft by sticking googly eyes on Santa’s face.

Stick your Santa on the wall or attach a string to it and hang it somewhere you will see every day in your home. Starting December 1 and each day after, use scissors to cut one of the paper strings from Santa’s beard. When you’ve cut the last strip of paper chains, it’s Christmas Day!

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