Bottle Cap Santa

  • History & Social Studies
  • Young Adult
  • Grades 1-3
  • Grades 4-5
  • All Ages

Upcycle bottle caps to create Santa's white beard and fluffy hat!



Step 1. Gather your supplies.


Step 2.


Glue together (6) jumbo craft sticks by crossing (2) jumbo craft sticks across the back. Make sure they are staggered, as shown.


Step 3.


Cut out a Santa hat shape from red craft foam.


Step 4.


Glue the Santa hat to the top of the craft sticks.


Step 5.


Glue a white bottle cap on the tip of Santa’s hat and glue (4) across the bottom.


Step 6.


Glue a jingle bell inside the bottle cap on the end of the hat.


Step 7.


Glue on (2) wiggly eyes so Santa can see.


Step 8.


Glue (10) white bottle caps, following the shape of Santa’s face.


Step 9.


Glue on a medium red pom for Santa’s nose and draw on a smile.


Step 10.


Fill out Santa’s beard by adding a second layer of white bottle caps. Use (4) to fill in the empty spaces.


No need to bottle up your excitement for the holiday season — explore the history of Santa Claus with this recycled craft!

  • Jolly Saint Nick: The man with a white beard and round belly goes by a lot of names: Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and even St. Nick! Although he lives up at the North Pole now, his origin story started around the Mediterranean — learn the history of Saint Nicholas and how his gift-giving spread across the world!   
  • Recycled & Handmade: Who doesn’t love a handmade gift? Not only is this craft environmentally friendly, but it also makes the perfect present! Explain to your students that not all presents need to be bought — some of the best ones are made from the heart. How will your students use their skills to give gifts this season?                

As an end-of-day activity, give your class a treat and watch the VeggieTales Saint Nicholas story. Then, have your student reflect on the story of joyful giving — how will they give back to others during the holiday season?