Christmas craft for children: folding your letter to Santa

by Shereece Spain
Stripes Europe

As a kid, it was always such a joy to write my letter to Santa each year. I’d flip through the JCPenney toy catalog to create an epic wish list of Barbies (I realize I totally dated myself with this admission). I was convinced that if I made my letters stand out, Santa would remember mine more than any other kids’! Now I’m passing the tradition along to my kiddos (sans an actual printed catalog) and we wanted to share it with you. Here’s how you can fold your letter of dreams into an origami-style envelope.

Supplies:

  • 8 ½” x 11” sheet of paper
  • Pen, pencil or marker
  • Decorative flare - stickers, glitter, etc.

Steps:

1) Fold your paper in half long- and short-ways.

2) Fold the left and right bottom corners in so the paper edge meets the long-ways crease.

3) With corners still folded in, fold in the left and right sides so they meet in the center crease.

4) Fold the bottom edge (the shorter edge) up so the angles and corners meet.

5) Fold that same edge up toward the top stopping about an inch below the edge.

6) Fold the top edge down.

7) Open up all the folds made in Steps 4-6 and turn the letter 180 degrees.

8) Tuck your one-inch fold into the angled creases on the left and right. (Tip: This step will take a little help from Mom or Dad.)

9) Fold down the top edge.

10) Use your flare to decorate the envelope however you choose!

Now your letter is ready to go! See the Letters to Santa ad in the December What's Up or Christmas Markets in Europe magazines for getting it mailed to Santa. It's not too late!

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