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How To Make A 3D Santa Christmas Card

Updated on January 3, 2016
Learn how to make this 3D Santa card to send out at Christmas time.
Learn how to make this 3D Santa card to send out at Christmas time.

How To Make A 3-D Santa Card For Christmas

If you like to send out cards during the Christmas holiday season and you like crafting things, this is the card for you. Imagine how thrilled any of your family and friends would be to get this personal greeting, made by you ... just for them. Your creations will be known as the best card of the year and everyone who gets one will be genuinely impressed at your card making skills. I know I love it when one of my crafty friends sends me a homemade card they made for me. Well, here's the tutorial you will need to create a very charming 3-D (three dimensional) Santa Claus Card.

Kids (and kids at heart) love the iconic personality we all know as Santa Claus. According to stories, he travels the world with his flying reindeer on Christmas Eve to leave presents for all the children in the world. He is easy to recognize with his white beard and his jolly chubby belling, he's the one in the red suit and he'll be carring a huge red bag filled with elf made presents from the toy factory in the North Pole.

Santa is a traditional Christmas card theme and as such, he is the perfect decoration to put on your homemade cards. In a time when everything is viral, it's still a wonderfully heart warming tradition to send Christmas cards. Don't you love to get them in the mail? I know I absolutely appreciate them. People who receive your homemade cards will be touched that you thought of them, and it's a gesture they won't soon forget.

Of course, there are plenty of cards you can buy in the stores, and some of them are quite lovely...but they will never be as touching and appreciated as the ones that are made with each recipient in mind...those made at home by a loved one. So here is an alternative to buying a box of holiday cards, take a look at this easy tutorial with step by step directions and pictures to show you how to make this Santa card. Remember, the best holiday cards are homemade! If you have the supplies you need to make this card you can start making one right now.

Supplies You Will Need To Make Your Homemade 3D Card

These are the materials and supplies you will need to make your Santa card:


  • a piece of cardboard or card stock
  • crafting felt (red, black and yellow)
  • 2 pcs googly eyes
  • copper wire
  • cotton or cotton balls
  • round nose micro pliers
  • diagonal cutting pliers
  • a pair of scissors
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks

Gather all the supplies you will need to make your Santa card.
Gather all the supplies you will need to make your Santa card.
Step 1.  Fold the cardboard in half.  This holiday Santa card would be done in portrait orientation.  This folded cardboard will be the main body of the card.
Step 1. Fold the cardboard in half. This holiday Santa card would be done in portrait orientation. This folded cardboard will be the main body of the card.
Step 2.  Cut a strip of red felt.  The width should be at least 1.25 to 1.50 inches.  The length of the felt  should be as wide as the cover of your folded stock paper.
Step 2. Cut a strip of red felt. The width should be at least 1.25 to 1.50 inches. The length of the felt should be as wide as the cover of your folded stock paper.
Step 3.  Using the hot glue gun glue the red felt strip on the front of your card at the very bottom.
Step 3. Using the hot glue gun glue the red felt strip on the front of your card at the very bottom.
Step 4.  Cut a strip of black crafting felt.  The width of this is around 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch and again the length would be the same as the width of the card’s cover.  This is going to be Santa's belt.
Step 4. Cut a strip of black crafting felt. The width of this is around 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch and again the length would be the same as the width of the card’s cover. This is going to be Santa's belt.
Step 5.   Place the belt in the middle of the red strip and use the hot glue gun to glue it on the red body.
Step 5. Place the belt in the middle of the red strip and use the hot glue gun to glue it on the red body.
Step 6.   Cut a small square from the yellow felt that is the same size as width of the belt.   This will be the belt buckle.  Cut a smaller square in the middle of it to create a small square hole.
Step 6. Cut a small square from the yellow felt that is the same size as width of the belt. This will be the belt buckle. Cut a smaller square in the middle of it to create a small square hole.
Step 7.  Hot glue the yellow felt buckle of the belt in the middle of the belt.
Step 7. Hot glue the yellow felt buckle of the belt in the middle of the belt.
Step 8.  Glue 2 eyes in the middle of the card stock leaving a space between them and Santa’s clothes.  As you see in the picture, the eyes should be in the upper third of the card.
Step 8. Glue 2 eyes in the middle of the card stock leaving a space between them and Santa’s clothes. As you see in the picture, the eyes should be in the upper third of the card.
Step 9.  Cut a small piece of red felt.  This is going to be Santa's nose.  Keep checking the pictures to see where you should place the felt pieces.
Step 9. Cut a small piece of red felt. This is going to be Santa's nose. Keep checking the pictures to see where you should place the felt pieces.
Step 10.  Using the glue gun,  glue the nose on the card stock just below the eyes.
Step 10. Using the glue gun, glue the nose on the card stock just below the eyes.
Step 11.  You can buy cotton balls but if you have cotton, rip it into small pieces and make your own cotton balls.  If you bought the cotton balls you can skip this step.
Step 11. You can buy cotton balls but if you have cotton, rip it into small pieces and make your own cotton balls. If you bought the cotton balls you can skip this step.
Step 12.  Next glue the cotton balls along the sides of Santa's face.  The cotton balls are going to be his white beard.
Step 12. Next glue the cotton balls along the sides of Santa's face. The cotton balls are going to be his white beard.
Step 13.  Continue gluing cotton balls on the sides and along Santa's neck area.  He is, after all, known for his lush, thick, long white beard..
Step 13. Continue gluing cotton balls on the sides and along Santa's neck area. He is, after all, known for his lush, thick, long white beard..
Step 14.  Make a pair of glasses from the copper wire.  Use the long nose pliers with the rounded edges.  Cut the excess wire to make the glasses look neat.
Step 14. Make a pair of glasses from the copper wire. Use the long nose pliers with the rounded edges. Cut the excess wire to make the glasses look neat.
Step 15.  Hot glue the glasses just over Santa's eyes, as shown in this picture.  Try to place them leaning a bit towards Santa's nose. Put them in place before you glue them to see where you like them best.
Step 15. Hot glue the glasses just over Santa's eyes, as shown in this picture. Try to place them leaning a bit towards Santa's nose. Put them in place before you glue them to see where you like them best.
Step 16.  Cut a Santa cap from the red felt.
Step 16. Cut a Santa cap from the red felt.
Step 17.   Hot glue the red cap on the topmost part of Santa’s face.  Make sure to leave a small space in between the face and the cap.  This will provide a little space for Santa’s hair.
Step 17. Hot glue the red cap on the topmost part of Santa’s face. Make sure to leave a small space in between the face and the cap. This will provide a little space for Santa’s hair.
Step 18.  Place more cotton balls on the space in between the cap and the face to frame his face, this is Santa's hair.
Step 18. Place more cotton balls on the space in between the cap and the face to frame his face, this is Santa's hair.
Step 19.  Hot glue a cotton ball on the tip of Santa’s hat.
Step 19. Hot glue a cotton ball on the tip of Santa’s hat.
Step 20.  Prepare your own personal holiday greeting and write it inside your card.
Step 20. Prepare your own personal holiday greeting and write it inside your card.
Step 21.  Tada! (as my granddaughter likes to say)  You've finished your homemade card!  This holiday Santa card is now ready to be mailed out or given to someone in your family or a friend.
Step 21. Tada! (as my granddaughter likes to say) You've finished your homemade card! This holiday Santa card is now ready to be mailed out or given to someone in your family or a friend.

Here is each step for you to read over. Gather all the supplies you will need to make your Santa card.

  1. Fold the cardboard in half. This holiday Santa card would be done in portrait orientation. This folded cardboard will be the main body of the card.
  2. Cut a strip of red felt. The width should be at least 1.25 to 1.50 inches. The length of the felt should be as wide as the cover of your folded stock paper.
  3. Using the hot glue gun glue the red felt strip on the front of your card at the very bottom.
  4. Cut a strip of black crafting felt. The width of this is around 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch and again the length would be the same as the width of the card’s cover. This is going to be Santa's belt.
  5. Place the belt in the middle of the red strip and use the hot glue gun to glue it on the red body.
  6. Cut a small square from the yellow felt that is the same size as width of the belt. This will be the belt buckle. Cut a smaller square in the middle of it to create a small square hole.
  7. Hot glue the yellow felt buckle of the belt in the middle of the belt.
  8. Glue 2 eyes in the middle of the card stock leaving a space between them and Santa’s clothes. As you see in the picture, the eyes should be in the upper third of the card.
  9. Cut a small piece of red felt. This is going to be Santa's nose. Keep checking the pictures to see where you should place the felt pieces.
  10. Using the glue gun, glue the nose on the card stock just below the eyes.
  11. You can buy cotton balls but if you have cotton, rip it into small pieces and make your own cotton balls. If you bought the cotton balls you can skip this step.
  12. Next glue the cotton balls along the sides of Santa's face. The cotton balls are going to be his white beard.
  13. Continue gluing cotton balls on the sides and along Santa's neck area. He is, after all, known for his lush, thick, long white beard.
  14. Make a pair of glasses from the copper wire. Use the long nose pliers with the rounded edges. Cut the excess wire to make the glasses look neat.
  15. Hot glue the glasses just over Santa's eyes, as shown in this picture. Try to place them leaning a bit towards Santa's nose. Put them in place before you glue them to see where you like them best.
  16. Cut a Santa cap from the red felt.
  17. Hot glue the red cap on the topmost part of Santa’s face. Make sure to leave a small space in between the face and the cap. This will provide a little space for Santa’s hair.
  18. Place more cotton balls on the space in between the cap and the face to frame his face, this is Santa's hair.
  19. Hot glue a cotton ball on the tip of Santa’s hat.
  20. Prepare your own personal holiday greeting and write it inside your card.
  21. Tada! (as my granddaughter likes to say) You've finished your homemade card! This holiday Santa card is now ready to be mailed out or given to someone in your family or a friend.

Now that you know how easy and fun it is to make your own greeting cards, I am sure you will be making lots more. You can think of several people, right off the top of your head, who would really love to get a homemade card like this one, can't you? Those cotton balls really give this Santa a 3D look, don't they? You've put a lot of energy and effort into making this card and believe me, the person you send it to is going to realize that right away. Teach your kids how to make a card like this too...or give this Santa card to them. You are never going to buy regular boxed cards again once you've started creating unique ones like this.

Craft Supplies You Need
 
 
Felt - Red, Black, Yellow
Cotton Balls
Hot Glue Gun/Glue Stick
Card Stock
Copper Wire
Diagonal Cut Plier
Googly Eyes
Scissors
Round Nose Micro-Plier

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