How to make a toilet roll Santa

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Ho, ho, ho! It’s Santa with a big round belly and a beard as white as, well, cotton wool. Our jolly-looking Santa craft is loads of fun to create with the kids and is made from a recycled loo roll tube decorated with coloured felt.

It’s amazing what you can make with everyday household items like loo roll tubes, cotton wool and odd buttons, so get your kids hunting around for things they can turn into a merry Santa. Then give them some coloured felt sheets, googly eyes and sparkly pipe cleaners and leave them to it to dress up Santa in his red suit and hat.

Once your kids have brought Santa to life, they could create a whole family of festive loo roll characters with the leftover felt, including Mrs Claus with cotton wool hair, an elf with a green felt suit and even Rudolph the reindeer with a red pom pom or shiny bead for his nose.

Age group: Kids as young as five can get involved in making Santa – they will just need help cutting out felt shapes for Santa’s red suit and hat.

What you will need

  • 1 cardboard loo roll tube
  • 1 red felt A4 sheet
  • 1 black felt A4 sheet
  • 1 white felt A4 sheet
  • 1 pink felt A4 sheet
  • 1 cotton wool ball
  • 1 sparkly gold pipe cleaner
  • 1 black button
  • 2 medium googly eyes
  • 2 white mini pom poms
  • 1 white small pom poms
  • 1 pink mini pom pom
  • Glue stick
  • Glue dots
  • PVA glue
  • Scissors