- Age Guideline: 3 Years and Up
- Time Required: 30 minutes (Does not include drying time)
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.
Using whatever you like to decorate a paper plate to look like Santa's face; minus the beard.If you like, you can use this Santa coloring book page as a template or guide.
Cut 6 small slits about 1-inch long along the bottom edge of the paper plate where santa's beard would have been. The slits should be in a row along athe edge of the plate.
Using white construction paper, cut 24 strips. Each one should be a little less than 1-inch wide and about 6-inches long. Carefully thread a strip through one of the slits you cut in the paper plate. Glue the two ends of the strip together to form a loop like if you are making a paper chain. Continue this until you have a loop in each slit.
Now, you need to add 6 more paper chain loops onto the loops you just created to form the second row of what will be Santa's beard. Do this by slipping the end of a strip of paper through one of the loops you made and glue the ends together.
For the third row of Santa's beard, you need 5 paper strips. Slip one end of a strip through loops 1 and 2 in the second row. Glue the ends of the strip together. Take another strip of paper and slip in through loops 2 and 3 in the second row and glue the ends together. The third strip of paper will go through loops 3 and 4; the fourth strip will go through 4 and 5; and the fifth strip will go through 5 and 6.
The fourth row of Santa's beard uses 4 strips of paper. Each strip should be threaded through 2 loops from the previous row. The first strip of paper should be attached to loop 1 and 2 of the previous row. The second strip should be slipped through loops 2 and 3 of the previous row; the third strip attaches to loop 3 and 4; and the fourth strips attaches to loop 4 and 5.
The fifth and final row of Santa's beard is made using 3 strips of paper. Make this last row the same way you did the previous 2 rows, by threading each strip through two loops from the previous row. Let the glue dry.
You Santa now has a beard with 24 paper loops! Hang your Santa up and, starting from the bottom, remove one chain from his beard everyday starting on December 1st. When your Santa's beard disappears, it is Christmas Eve!
- See a photo of this craft completed by Deborah Kent's Class.