Christmas Origami Santa Step by Step

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This is a super cute easy origami Santa, but it comes in two parts.  You will first fold two separate pieces, then glue them together.  I realize this makes it more paper craft and less origami, but I think they are so cute I couldn’t resist.  The best part is you could take this video and use green paper and make an elf.  It’s a duel use idea.

What you’ll need to make this simple Origami Santa (if you don’t have these items you can “Pin it” for later using any image on the screen)

  • 2 pieces of square paper red on one side and white on the other (I use 3″x3″)
  • the video above (of course)
  • a glue stick
  • a surface that you can clean glue off of (do not make this on a table cloth)

I used this Santa in the very cool images for my Christmas Movie Chocolate Movie Game, you can check those out there.   And seriously we all ned to watch more happy Christmas movies during the season.

red and white paper santa on white background | Favemom.comAfter I made this video and had several paper Santa’s lying around, I realized that I should give ideas of how to use an origami Santa.  He’s fun to make and that in and of itself is great, but sometimes we need to actually do something with the finished origami (thankfully it’s always recyclable–let’s hear it for sustainable hobbies!)

Some ideas for uses that might apply to

  • paste to blank card stock cut in half to make a simple handmade Christmas cardred origami santa and green origami santa glued to a white card displayed.
  • Make about 50 of them and place them on the Christmas tree like the annual Origami Tree at The American Museum of Natural History in NY.
  • Keep the Santa head and Santa body separate and place a scavenger hint match game with the kids
  • Make them with 3″x 3″paper to make mini versions and  glue them to printable blank gift tagred origami santa on white bacground
  • Make 22 of them and glue to a flat ring for a Santa origami wreath
  • Place one on a paper napkin ring for a fun Christmas table decoration
  • Use gift wrap to make a very large Santa origami and put it on your cupboards for holiday cupboards wrapped in red and green wrapping paper with a bow and a n origami santa decoration |
  • Lastly make a Santa Christmas mobile decoration with several different types of Santas folded from paper


Hope you have as much fun making him as I did.  For other Christmas and Christmas origami ideas check out these post:

Annette Barney

Annette Barney

I live in the mountains of Utah. Yes, I am also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I love hot pink, XC skiing, running, hot chocolate, yoga, romance novels,traveling for fun, volunteering and, of course, origami. I am a woman, a mom, a wife and a daughter of God. I believe that everything tastes better with a little bacon or a little chocolate but not both.