Bright Stand-Up St. Nicholas

by Gertrud Mueller Nelson

These wonderful St. Nicholas figures have been generously shared by the author of To Dance With God.


St Nicholas stand-up
Two bright, colorful designs
St Nicholas stand-up
St Nicholas stand-up
More cylindrical version
St Nicholas figure back
Stand-up tabs from the back

To make St. Nicholas figures

  • Print PDF (below) on photo paper, bright white cardstock or regular bright white paper.
    Use photo paper for best jewel-tone color and heavier stock for sturdier figure
  • Cut out figure, snipping where indicated by light white dotted lines.
  • Fold feet forward.
  • Fold red tabs to the back;
    For a more cylindrical figure, use Design 2; overlap the tabs in the back; paper clip, glue, or staple together (paper clip allows storing flat for future use)
    Press lightly so he is a wider oval shape
  • Lightly fold bag forward so it shows from the front.
  • Stand up and enjoy!
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Design 1 PDF
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Design 2 PDF

To Dance With God: Family Ritual and Community Celebration by Gertrud Mueller Nelson. Copyright © 1986 Paulist Press.

This classic book has good background for developing Nicholas and other traditions and a nice re-telling of four St. Nicholas legends with suggestions for creating plays. Purchase from, or

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