Ho Ho Holiday crafting with our design team

Make a paper Santa and Elves for your Christmas mantle from Paperless Post
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The designers, illustrators, and art directors behind the delightfully festive holiday greeting cards and invitations at Paperless Post start turning the office into a holiday workshop every summer. On a normal day in August, you might find tinsel, ornaments, a gingerbread house, vintage elves, and a giant giggling Jello in the canteen refrigerator. This year, however, the holiday workshop moved to apartments across New York as the team worked from home. Mariya Pilipenko, a Senior Graphic Designer on our Content Team, has become known around the office for her charming cut-paper animations. Last year she created paper piesturkeys, and sides for Thanksgiving. This holiday, she created Christmas treesgarland, and the sweetest Santa and his Elves for our newest collection of holiday Flyer invitations.

Cut paper snowflakes and stars

While she used a laser cutter for some of the more intricate designs, her charming Santa and his Elves are surprisingly simple to create, even for little hands. It’s the perfect family crafting activity for chilly winter quarantine afternoons, a virtual class holiday party, or for a Christmas baby shower. Ahead, we’ll walk you through how to make your own to decorate a holiday mantle or dining room table.


You’ll need:

8.5”x11” Paper

Coloring Supplies





How-to make Santa and his Elves

Step 1: Download and print the Santa and Elf craft template.

Santa & elf craft template


Santa & Elf templates



Step 2: Use any medium to color in the Santa and Elf. Paint, markers, collage are great for older kids and adults, while crayons or colored pencils work for smaller children. It’s up to you!

coloring in the Santa and Elf template

Step 3: Cut out along the dotted line and fold back the gray strip. 

cut along the lines to create the Santa and Elf craft

Step 4: Apply glue to the gray strip and attach both sides to create a cone shape.

creating the cone Santa and Elf craft

Step 5: Attach a pom-pom to the top of your Santa and Elf and put it out on display! We love it on a mantle next to holiday cards from friends near and far. 

finished Santa and Elf craft

Thanks, Mariya! To use a Flyer holiday party invitation from this collection, head to Paperless Post. Looking for holiday greeting card inspiration? Find our guides to holiday card messages and Christmas card etiquette.

Animated Christmas invitation with elvesSecret Santa Squad” Flyer by Paperless Post