This popsicle stick Santa, Elf and Reindeer craft is fun and easy for kids to make, and the perfect activity to accompany a classic Christmas movie. All you need are popsicle sticks, paint and a few odds and ends from the craft room.
I have some more easy and adorable popsicle stick Christmas ornaments to share with you today, and I have to say the cuteness factor is almost too much to take here.
That’s ok though because that’s the way we like our crafts! Easy, inexpensive and to cute for words! And I’m hoping you’ll agree that that’s exactly what our little popsicle stick Santa, elf and reindeer are!
Yesterday was a Professional Development day here, so I had a couple of my favourite hooligan graduates with me for the day.
We were talking about our favourite Christmas movies (see the full list of our favourite holiday classics here), and of course, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer was on the top of their list.
We decided to do a craft based on the main characters of the movie – Santa, Rudolph and Hermey the elf.
These ornaments were so simple to make, but oh my gosh, are they ever adorable! Let me show you just how easily they came together!
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To make these ornaments, you’ll need:
- jumbo popsicle sticks
- cotton balls
- red, green, brown paint
- googly eyes
- small pom-poms
- brown pipe cleaners
- glue gun
- thin cord (for hanging)
Making your craft stick ornaments:
When we started out, we were only going to make popsicle stick Santas.
Here’s what we did:
We started by taping off the face area of the craft stick. The kids painted the whole stick red, and then removed the tape. I used my hair-dryer to quickly dry the paint so there was no waiting around to move on to the next step.
Then they glued on a pom-pom hat, a cotton ball beard some googly eyes.
We were using paint brushes with small pots of glue when we were crafting today. You can certainly use the glue straight out of the bottle for this.
A few buttons down the front of Good Old Santa Clause, and voila!
Isn’t he just too much?
He was so cute we decided to dig out the green paint and make some popsicle stick elves.
And THOSE were so cute, we decided to extend the activity and make some popsicle stick reindeer too!
No need to use tape for your reindeer. Just paint the whole popsicle stick brown. Then cut a pipe cleaner in half and twist it a bit to form the antlers. A bit of glue from a hot glue gun will hold those in place.
What do you think? Aren’t they just adorable? I am in love with these little guys!
Hope you love them enough to make them at home or in the classroom with your hooligans!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.