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Personalized Santa Ornament

by on Dec 4th, 2010

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Besides my teaching job in the preschool, I also work with 2 other kids. One age 8, and another age 2.  Since Christmas is coming up, my 8 year old tutee asked… or should I say BEGGED that we do some Christmas art. I agreed. (as long as she didn’t have much homew0rk). I was trying to come up with activities that they both could do together, but the activities I kept coming up with were those that would be great for a toddler but not for a school aged child. Finally, I decided to just print out their picture and ask them what they wanted to do.

“Can we make Santa Clause?” Sure. So while she was writing her homework, I prepared the materials.

What you will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Red crepe paper/ Red tissue paper
  • Cotton, Glitter powder, sand, sequins (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Picture of Child
  • Ribbon/Lace

Step 1: Print out a picture of the child. Size would depend on how big you want your ornament to be

Step 2: Make the pattern on a piece of cardboard paper and cut out a circle on the face for the photo later.

Step 3: Put some cotton on Santa’s hat and mittens

Step 4: Let the child crumple strips of red crepe/tissue paper and glue unto Santa’s clothes

Step 5: Continue decorating the other areas of Santa Clause. You may still use crumpled tissue paper or opt to try whatever other art materials you have. In my case, I let the kids use some sequins and glitter powder.

Step 6: Once done, place the photo in the hole you made earlier and glue the corners to the back

Step 8: Punch in a ribbon or lace for the final touch

Enjoy making your own! Of course you can always use other symbols, like a snowman, christmas star, etc. In my case, the Santa Clause ornament was the kids’ idea, I just helped them make it. :)


Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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