How to Make a Santa Stick Puppet (Free Template)

Christmas stick puppets are super fun and super simple to make with our free SANTA template printable. Your kids are sure to have fun hosting their own Christmas puppet show!

One of the best holiday memories you can make is spending quality time making Christmas Crafts with your child. Making a Santa craft allows children to use their imagination and creativity to design and create their own unique popsicle stick Santa puppet.

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List of Supplies to make a Santa Stick Puppet:

  1. Construction paper
  2. Craft glue
  3. Popsicle stick
  4. Sharpie
  5. Pencil
  6. Scissors
  7. Free Santa Template (Get the free resource below)
Supplies to make a Santa Stick Puppet

This Santa Craft is a simple Santa Stick Puppet craft made with colored craft papers, popsicle sticks, sharpies, and glue.

Step 1:

Select red, black, off-white, or cream and yellow colored craft papers for the puppet craft. Select white-colored embossed paper for the beard and mustache of the Santa Clause puppet craft. Trace the patterns on the selected craft papers and embossed paper and cut them out nicely. 

Santa stick puppet cut from free Santa template

Step 2:

Grab the hat and the belt patterns. Stick the small square in the middle of the big square and then stick the big square in the middle of the belt strip. Stick the small round cut-out on the tip of the hat cut-out and stick the curved-end strip along the straight side of the hat pattern. The belt and the hat of the Santa puppet are ready. 

Santa hat and belt

Step 3:

Take the hand and sleeve cutouts. Stick the small rectangle patterns on either small side of the sleeve (arm) patterns and then stick the hand (glove) patterns on the open side of the small rectangle to complete the paper handcrafts of the Santa puppet. 

Santa stick puppet

Step 4:

Take the body pattern and stick the 2 arm patterns on both sides of the body pattern. 

Santa stick puppet

Step 5: 

Take the beard, mustache, and the big round cut-out (head). Stick the beard and the mustache on the big round cut-out (head). 

Making a sant stick puppet

Step 6:

Stick the paper hat pattern on the opposite side of the beard, on the big round cut-out to complete the head craft of the Santa puppet. 

making a Santa stick puppet

Step 7:

Attach the belt pattern along the middle part of the body pattern. 

Santa stick puppet

Step 8:

Stick the head on the top side of the body pattern and the shoe patterns on the bottom side of the body pattern. Use a black Sharpie to draw the eyes, nose, and mouth of the Santa paper craft. 

Santa stick puppet and free Santa template

Step 9:

Attach the Santa Clause paper craft on a popsicle stick to complete the puppet craft.  

Benefits of Making Popsicle Crafts:

Develops fine motor skills: Creating a Santa stick puppet requires the use of small muscles in the hands and fingers, which can help develop fine motor skills.

Improves hand-eye coordination: Assembling the puppet and manipulating it with a stick can improve hand-eye coordination.

Enhances storytelling skills: Once the puppet is created, children can use it to tell stories and develop their storytelling skills.

Builds confidence: Completing a craft project like making a Santa stick puppet can boost a child’s confidence and sense of accomplishment.

Making a Santa stick puppet can be a fun and engaging activity for children that offers numerous developmental benefits. From enhancing creativity and fine motor skills to providing a sense of accomplishment and bringing joy to the holiday season. It’s a versatile and enjoyable activity with something to offer for everyone.

This is a simple and enjoyable craft project that can be customized with additional details and embellishments if you wish. Enjoy the Christmas Season!

Did you make this craft? I would love to hear about it in the comments!

how to make a santa stick puppet popsicle stick crafts

Santa Stick Puppet

Yield: 1 puppet
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1.00

Crafting Christmas stick puppets with your child is a wonderful way to create lasting holiday memories.


  • Colored construction paper
  • Adhesive tape or craft glue
  • Some popsicle sticks
  • Sharpie markers
  • Pencil
  • A pair of scissors
  • Printed Santa Stick Puppet template


  • Printer


  1. Gather vibrant red, bold black, classic off-white or cream, and cheerful yellow-colored craft papers for this Santa Puppet craft. Additionally, opt for white embossed paper to add texture and detail to Santa's beard and mustache.
  2. Once your materials are ready, trace the patterns onto the selected and embossed craft papers, ensuring precision and attention to detail. Carefully cut out each piece, taking time to achieve clean and crisp edges for a polished finished product.
  3. Let's assemble Santa's hat and belt for your puppet! First, take the hat pattern and the belt pattern. Affix the small square onto the center of the larger square, creating the hat's iconic pom-pom. Then, attach the assembled hat to the center of the belt strip, completing Santa's hat and belt ensemble.
  4. For Santa's hands and sleeves, begin by taking the hand and sleeve cutouts. Attach the small rectangle patterns to each small side of the sleeve (arm) patterns, ensuring they are positioned symmetrically. Next, affix the hand (glove) patterns onto the open side of each small rectangle.
  5. Take the body pattern and position it horizontally. Next, affix the two arm patterns onto both sides of the body pattern, ensuring they are aligned symmetrically.
  6. Grab the beard, mustache, and the large round cut-out for the head. Carefully adhere the beard and mustache onto the large round cut-out, positioning them appropriately to create Santa's cheerful visage.
  7. Affix the paper hat pattern to the opposite side of the beard on the large round cut-out, ensuring it sits neatly atop Santa's head.
  8. Take the belt pattern and carefully attach it around the body pattern's middle part.
  9. Affix the head onto the top side of the body pattern, ensuring it is positioned securely and aligns properly with the body. Next, attach the shoe patterns to the bottom side of the body pattern. To add the finishing touches, use a black Sharpie to carefully draw Santa's eyes, nose, and mouth onto his face.
  10. Attach the completed Santa Claus paper craft onto a popsicle stick to finish your Santa puppet craft.

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