The best Christmas paper crafts and holiday paper models for kids are three-dimensional and look so beautiful that kids feel inspired to learn how to make them. Unlike traditional crafts, here the creative aspect focuses on precise cutting and assembly skills. You will need a good color printer at home, or you can visit a nearby Kinko’s or other printing service store to print out the paper templates. I’ve gathered the best Christmas paper crafts and holiday paper models for kids based on their beauty and relevance to Christmas, and I’ve included a difficulty rating next to each. Kids will especially enjoy choosing their own holiday paper models, so click on the link in each section below to see the image of the finished Christmas paper craft. (If you don’t have the software for viewing PDF files, download Adobe for free.)
#1. Stunning Christmas Train (Difficulty Rating: Moderate)
It’s hard to believe that this Christmas craft is made of paper. This stunning, old-fashioned train has a steam engine and cars with happy faces in the windows. It’s the perfect decoration to display beneath the Christmas tree amid wrapped presents. You’ll need to download the PDF Christmas paper model template, then to print it. There instructions on the printout are easy to follow. Kids can cut out this Christmas paper craft and practice keeping their cuts straight. For younger children, adult assistance will be needed to help fold and assemble the Christmas train. Visit Disney’s Christmas-Train-Paper-Craft to see a picture of the finished train and to download the template.
#2. Santa in an Air Balloon (Difficulty Rating: Challenging)
This is a charming, complicated Christmas paper craft for older kids. In fact, the finished holiday paper model looks more like a toy than a paper craft. There are many parts to cut for the template, and it’s a good idea to keep a virtual image on the computer while kids are working on the model to help guide them. Assembly is straightforward and easy to grasp simply by looking at the sections of the paper model. Adult help might be needed initially if kids are unfamiliar with the methods of crafting three-dimensional paper models. Download the template for Santa in an Air Balloon, and see the picture of the finished Christmas paper craft.
#3. Boxy Snowman (Difficulty Rating: Moderate)
This Christmas paper craft for kids relies on the technique of forming three-dimensional boxes out of paper. Kids will really love putting together this boxy snowman. First so form the boxes, then you stack the paper model to form a holiday snowman. There’s even an adorable broom attached to the snowman’s arm and a scarf around his neck. Print the Hako Snow Man PDF template and have fun assembling this Christmas paper craft.
#4. Funny Santa (Difficulty Rating: Easy)
I just love this easy Christmas paper craft for kids. There’s very little assembly required to give the paper Santa his rotund belly. Santa’s legs are curved, so once the craft is finished kids can display their Santa sitting on the edge of a table, a window sill, or a branch of a Christmas tree. Kids can cut this Christmas paper craft without help because it is so simple and has so few parts. To assemble the Santa a little adult help might be required. Visit Disney’s Santa-Claus-Paper-Craft to print this delightful Christmas paper model.
#5. Santa’s Christmas Tree Dingy (Difficulty Rating: Challenging)
This is a stunning Christmas paper craft for kids that is a little more complicated than others in this collection. The holiday paper model creates a three-dimensional Santa sitting in a dingy with a Christmas tree before him. The printable template is especially charming because it looks hand-drawn, as if kids had made it from scratch. Adults should be there to help kids cut out the many sections of the holiday paper model. After everything is cut, assemble the parts separately for the tree, dingy and Santa, then put everything together. Here’s the template for the Santa row boat Christmas paper craft for kids (and see a picture of the finished holiday paper craft).
#6. Christmas Snowman (Difficulty Rating: Moderate)
This funny snowman stands up and smiles at everyone. He’s cute and fun to assemble, and kids can make a few snowmen and display them with cotton balls all around them for a snowy effect. The printable template is very simple. Kids can cut out the snowman parts then fold and glue them together. Parents could watch and help as needed. Visit All Free Printables’ Paper-Snowman-Craft to see a picture of this Christmas paper craft for kids and to download the template and instructions.
#7. Santa’s Sleigh (Difficulty Rating: Challenging)
This is another charming Christmas paper craft for kids that looks as if it was hand-drawn with Crayola pencils. Here Santa is sitting at the front of a narrow sleigh filled with gifts and a large Christmas tree. Though these types of holiday paper models are more complicated than the Disney one’s, they are unique and challenging. I recommend that an adult assist kids in organizing the cut outs and putting together the paper model in an ordered fashion. Download and print the Santa’s Sleigh holiday paper craft for kids, and see the picture of the finished paper craft.
#8. Christmas Village (Difficulty Rating: Easy)
This is a colorful, beautiful and simple Christmas paper craft for kids. The holiday paper model is easy to cutout because the village houses are basically large boxes. Kids will enjoy displaying their three-dimensional Christmas village on a bed of cotton balls. View and print the Christmas-village paper model. This is a perfect Christmas paper craft for young children who want to create a paper craft that looks like a store-bought display.
#9. Santa in a Small Car (Difficulty Rating: Challenging)
Another of the charming Christmas paper crafts for kids is the one of Santa sitting in a small car with a Christmas tree sticking out of the open roof. Once more, adult help will be required for younger children. This beautiful holiday paper model will look like a toy when it’s finished. Download the Santa’s Car template, and see the picture of the finished Christmas paper craft.
#10. Angel Topper (Difficulty Rating: Easy)
To finish this collection of the best Christmas paper crafts for kids, here’s a holiday paper model to decorate the top of your Christmas tree. The angel is a beautiful, winged lady that kids can cut out of paper and easily assemble into a finished figure. The round long skirt of the angel is hollow, so kids can slip their angel at the tip of the tree. Print the Angel-Topper paper model and see the picture of the finished Christmas paper craft for kids.
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