How to Fold a Paper Santa

by on Dec 17, 2007

A brown envelope is folded to look like an old man with a white paper beard.

This paper Santa is great for embellishing Christmas cards and gifts. Because he can stand on his own, he makes a sweet place setting. You could also add a tie to his hat and use him as an ornament. So versatile is this easy-to-fold little guy, you might want to make a bunch! Here’s how we do it:

I’m using a square of paper that’s white on one side and red on the other. Also, I used light weight scrapbook type paper, so Santa might look a little bulky for an origami figure.A piece of squared white paper to prepare Santa.

With the white side up, fold diagonally in half one way. Unfold and then repeat as shown. It displays that how to fold a paper santa.A piece of paper that is red on one side folded into a triangle shape.

Unfold and flip over your paper. Fold one point about 2/3 the way down to the center fold.

A person is folding down the corner of a brown and white paper.

Fold a thin strip down at the top.

"Folding  paper Santa is great for embellishing Christmas cards and gifts."

Flip over your paper. Fold edges in to middle as shown.Person folding some paper that is white on one side and red on the other.

Fold lower edges in to middle as shown. (You’ll want to get the edges really close or even overlap a little.)

A person folding a piece of paper that is red on one side and white on the other.

Fold bottom up as shown.

A piece of paper is partially folded.A person folding paper like triangle to make paper Santa for Christmas.

Fold edges in; these act as Santa’s ‘stand’.

Man is showing paper folding to prepare paper Santa.

Flip over your paper. Tip and fold forward the top, as shown.

Man folding paper to make Santa.

And we’re done! (I attached the name tag with a bit of sticky back tape.)

Two paper Santas, one on a card and the other standing alone with a name tag.

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