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Muddy Faces

Santa decorations

Simple seasonal craft activity suitable for children. Paint a wooden disc and make a lovely tree decoration or tags for a present.

Art & Creating


* Muddy Faces actively promotes child-led outdoor play & learning. We recognise and believe in the curiosity that children have and their drive to explore and discover. We hope that you will bear this in mind when considering more prescribed activities like this one - often much more creative ideas will occur if resources are simply provided and children are given the time and space to explore independently.

What you'll need

  • oval discs
  • palm drill
  • paint and paint brushes or felt tips/acrylic pens
  • string
  • cotton wool
  • glue / sticky tape
  • alternatives:
    • you can use the same technique on any flat round object - paper plates, stones, lids etc.

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Environmental Considerations

Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:

  • source of wood

Health & Safety Considerations

Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:

  • tool use


Cut or buy small oval shaped discs.
Drill small holes at the top of the oval if you can (see our drill a wooden disc activity), otherwise stick or glue a loop for hanging.

Step #1

Paint the bottom half of your disc white and the top quarter red.
Allow to dry.

Step #2

Paint a white rim and a bobble for the hat.
Leave to dry.

Art & Creating

Step #3

Add the eyes using a black marker pen.

Step #4

Thread a string through the hole in the top to hang them up.

Take it further:

  • you could use different-sized discs to have big and little Santas
  • stick cotton wool on for the beard and, if you’re extra neat, the rim of his hat
  • paint both sides of the disc – with different Santa faces, perhaps, or a different Christmas-themed picture like a robin or Christmas tree.

Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.

Key Features

  • Age Range 3+
  • Duration Less than an hour
  • Location Anywhere
  • Season Winter
  • Time of Day Anytime
  • Categories: Art & Creating
    wooden discs


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