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OK, don’t tell anyone, but we’ve got a birthday in the house… it’s mine! I’m not the only one celebrating today though, because it’s December 6th – St. Nicholas Day! Legend has it, the jolly old elf himself was born on this day in 280 A.D. near modern-day Turkey.
In honor of our dual birthdays (!!!) I’ve put together a DIY Santagram that you can download, fill in, print, and hide in the mail for your favorite littles to find. Pure holiday magic (and the perfect way to remind them that Santa is still watching).
To make your own DIY Santagram you’ll need:
Note: We prefer to shop locally or use what we have at home, but this list contains a few Woodpeckers Crafts and/or Amazon affiliate links for reference. As Amazon Associates, we make a small commission on qualifying purchases.*
- Heavy Cardstock
- Our Customizable Santagram Free Printable PDF
DIY Santagram Instructions:
- Download our free printable Santagram
When you download our Santagram you’ll find a PDF, a text file with links to the fonts we used in our example, and PNG files you can electronically layer on the Santagram, or print and add to an envelope!
- Fill in the PDF form
The Santagram is set up as a fillable PDF form, which means once you open it all you have to do is fill in the boxes – it’s all been formatted for you! It’s worth mentioning though, that it can also just be printed and filled out by hand.
- Put in an envelope addressed from the North Pole
I put my Santagrams in some fancy silver button and string envelopes just for fun, but no envelope is necessary! If you decide you’d like to go the extra mile, the Santagram fits a #10 policy envelope perfectly (just a note though, if you’re printing at home, probably don’t try to run the b&s envelopes through the printer…I ended up switching to this self-sealing kind, but wasted tons of envelopes due to jams – grrrrrrrrrr).
- Slip in among your mail for a surprise!
Quietly slip this in the mailbox or hide it among your mail for little ones to find!
Looking for more holiday fun? Check out our Winter Forest Paper Play Kit – with zillions of creative uses (we just used it to put on a puppet play!) it’s perfect snowy day entertainment. Or download a set of free printable gingerbread and snowman playdough mats.
For more Christmas magic, try out this sensory play pine tree farm Christmas countdown. For non-denominational holiday kids’ activities, build your own mini winter sensory garden, explore our ideas for winter-themed practical skill activities or create a DIY peace & love watercolor wreath.
We’d love to see some snaps of your surprised kiddos! Be sure to take pics and tag us (@barleyandbirch or #barleyandbirch) – we’ll share our favorites on Instagram! Love this? Want to pass it on? Please, please do! Our only request is that if you repost somewhere, you include a shout-out back to us with the original link to this post instead of a direct link to the files – we appreciate it!
*A note about affiliate links: We strive to use simple, earth-friendly supplies that can be purchased locally whenever we can, but sometimes we find the best universally available options, a rare eco-friendly find, or a niche product only available on Amazon or Woodpecker Crafts. When included in our supply list, these products are affiliate links, and if you click-through to make a purchase, we receive a small commission that helps us re-order these supplies!