How to Fold Origami Santa (Easy Instructions with Video)

It’s never too early or too late to craft for Christmas! We’re here with a fun craft today, learn how to fold origami Santa with us with the help of these step-by-step instructions.

origami Santa

This origami Santa pattern isn’t too easy but it isn’t too difficult either. But you need to know one important thing, for the Santa origami figure, you’ll need origami paper with one side white and the other side colored red. If you can’t find this type of paper, you can attach white craft paper and red craft paper together, but make sure that the papers are super thin, otherwise, you’ll have difficulty folding the paper.

Anyways, you can use this origami Santa craft as an ornament, make a garland by adding a couple of more Christmas-themed papercraft items; or use it as a story puppet; just get creative and use it however you want.

All you need is 2 sheets and you’re good to go. Won’t even cost a dollar.

How to Fold Origami Santa (Easy Instructions with Video)

How to Make Origami Santa Claus

List of Supplies


  • Craft glue
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors


  • Colored craft paper (white on one side and colored on the other side)
  • Regular colored craft papers (for the nose, face, etc.)

 Step-by-Step Origami Santa Instructions

Step 1: Basic Folds and Creases

Prepare a piece of square sheet. One side of the sheet should be white and the other side should be red. Keep the red to the top and work diagonal half-folds from both sides. Unfold to leave diagonal creases.

Take any 2 opposite corners and join them with the center of the square sheet. Unfold again. Take any one of the corners and join it with the last crease on its side.

origami santa step 1

Step 2: Base Folds & Hat Part

Unfold to leave the crease line and then the same with the opposite corner. Unfold and turn the sheet to the white side.

Hold any one of the corners (intact) and bring it to the center of the sheet. Keeping the fold as it is, now fold the corner to the open end (upwards).

origami santa step 2

Step 3: Forming the Hat Part

Unfold the last fold. Fold up the corner to the last crease.

Fold the open side along with the initial half fold and then fold it again along the initial half fold. This white thin part will be the border of the origami Santa hat.

origami santa step 3

Step 4: Forming the Beard

Let’s work on the opposite side of the hat part. Fold the opposite corner all the way to the hat’s open end.

Now, keeping the last fold intact, fold that part in half. This will bring the white part to the front. This white part will be the beard of Santa. Turn the current pattern to the other side.

origami santa step 4

Step 5: Forming the Sleeves

Make a thin fold along any one of the longer diagonal sides. ow, fold that part along the 2nd crease from that side.

This part is easier to understand if you look at the images or follow the video instructions. Notice the small triangle part on the bottom outer side of the part we’re working on right now. Align the bottom side of the triangle with the adjacent side (marked with the crease). Now, fold the flap along the middle crease.

origami santa step 5

Step 6: Forming Sleeves and Hat

Turn the pattern to the other side to check. The sleeve should be visible from this side. Similarly, fold the other side to form the other sleeve and then turn the pattern to the other side.

Turn the pattern to the backside again. Fold the corners of the hat part inside, along the middle. This will form the tip of the hat.

origami santa step 6

Step 7: Forming the Legs

Turn the pattern to the front side now. Fold the beard in half if you want to.

Carefully fold the top layer of the bottom side inwards. This will expose the bottom layer, which will be the legs of the origami Santa.

origami santa step 7

Step 8: Forming the Legs

To give the legs a more visible look, fold the corners of the inner parts. Have a look at the backside of the leg parts to be clear about this step.

Cut out a nose, hat-pompom, and a piece for the face of the origami Santa. Use craft glue to attach these items and complete the craft.

origami santa step 8

Video Tutorial: How to make a simple origami Santa Claus – Origami for Christmas

Want to learn how we made the gift bag? Check out the video tutorial on our YouTube channel. Besides, you can also find the full video tutorial of the origami Santa just in case the picture tutorial isn’t clear enough.

Tips for Beginners

State the problems you faced while making this and provide some tips.

  • For the Santa pattern, use paper that has white on one side and red on the other side.
  • Use a square sheet and make sure to do the base folds neatly.
  • Use craft glue to keep the small folds in place if necessary.

This origami Santa craft was super fun and we were so excited to share the tutorial with you guys! We really hope that you enjoy the craft and give it a try. If you enjoy origami projects, here are some origami tutorials from our blog you might also like.

We always love to hear your feedback. Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to share pictures of your version of the origami Santa and gift bag if you do give the tutorial a try. You can share your picture with the hashtag #craftaholicwitch on Instagram or Facebook or just DM your picture to us on our Instagram or Facebook page.

Happy Crafting!

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