Make Your Own Santa’s Workshop

After I designed my Barn with Stables (Reindeer Stables) earlier this year, I knew that I wanted to design a Santa’s Workshop to go with it. Ideally, I would have made Santa & Mrs. Claus’s house too, but that is going to have to wait for next year. Since I grew up in Santa Barbara, I remembered the very kitschy Santa Claus Lane in nearby Carpinteria. I started researching other Santa Claus villages for inspiration, and landed on Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, Finland. There are a lot of very interesting buildings, but I decided to use the Christmas House where you can see Santa year round as the inspiration for my Santa’s Workshop.

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I wanted a large window so you could see into Santa’s Workshop, thus I made the building wing on the left two stories instead of one. For anyone who has no interest in making Santa’s Workshop, I thought the building would also make an interesting department store.

This Is How You Make Santa’s Workshop

Size of the finished building as designed will be approximately 11 1/4″ W x ” 7 3/4 D x 9″ H. These measurements do not include the size of the base. I consider this a more advanced pattern.

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The Santa’s Workshop Pattern Specific Materials

  • My free pattern for Santa’s Workshop from the A Cottage in the Forest Library. Design #80. Get the password for free by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.
  • Cricut Acetate, or clear report covers from Office Depot or The Dollar Store if you want to have a clear large window. The Cricut Acetate is designed to be cut by your machine, and has a film on both sides that you remove after cutting the shapes. Since the report covers do not have a film protecting them, I would suggest you cut those by hand.

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Steps to Make Santa’s Workshop

  • Download Santa’s Workshop pattern from A Cottage in the Forest library
  • Import Santa’s Workshop pattern into your design software
  • Cut out the pattern – I use my Cricut Maker. Texture if desired
  • Make each of the three building parts separately:
    • Fold the body of the building
    • Glue on the window frames and door. Attach acetate or vellum windows
    • Glue together the body of each building
    • Add the bottom & top insert to each building
  • Assemble the 3 building parts together
  • Glue on the roofs and cupolas
  • Attach the entryway and signs
  • Make Base and Decorate as desired

How To Make Santa’s Workshop

Download Santa’s Workshop Pattern

Download the Santa’s Workshop pattern from A Cottage in the Forest Library. It is design #80. Don’t forget to unzip it. The pattern is available in multiple formats – as a SVG (scalable vector graphics), DXF (drawing eXchange format), as a studio3 file for Silhouette, or as PDF file. I now include a 1″ square in with all of my SVG, DXF and Studio3 files. Scale the pattern so that the square is 1″ to make the building in the size it was designed. Of course the wonderful thing about SVG files is that you can easily scale them to make your building whatever size you would like.

Choose between whether you want a regular back with the light holes at the bottom of the building (this is the option I make below) or if you want to use the Putz Back, where the light holes are in the back of the building.

Import Santa’s Workshop Pattern Into Design Software

As of this blog post, a Cricut Design Space update in 2021 broke the attached score lines. You will need to go through the pattern in Design Space and change the score lines to Score and then attach them to their object. I am still designing so that if someday Design Space fixes their problem score lines and drawings import as actual score lines and drawings attached to their object, though I have pretty much lost hope of that ever happening.

Here is a great tutorial from Jennifer Maker’s website on attaching score lines. I have started making all of my score lines red so that you can tell that they are intended to be are score lines.

Each of the 3 parts of the building have been grouped together. You may want to cut them out 1 building part at a time to keep track of the pieces.

Cut out all of your cardstock, Kraft Board or aluminum can pieces using my pattern. If you are using cardboard and don’t intend to glue glitter or decorative papers onto your building, I suggest visiting Lucy Foxworth’s blog at Paper Glitter Glue where Lucy explores multiple ways to paint and texture your cardboard building.

Refer to the PDF I included with the svg pattern for the name of each of the pieces you need to cut out. Texture your pieces using your embossing machine and texture folders if desired.

Left Part of Building

Fold the Body of the Building

Fold the front and back of the building.

Glue on the Window Frames and Door. Attach Vellum Windows.

Glue on the window frames and door. Glue the door frame around the door.

Glue the vellum in place if you are using it. Use the Big Window vellum pattern to cut the acetate if you are using it.

For the Big Window you have 4 choices:

  • Glue vellum into the window
  • Glue acetate into the window, and behind the window glue on a scene
  • Glue acetate into the window, and behind the window glue on a shallow display window scene
  • Glue acetate into the window, and behind the window glue in the deeper display window with actual items like a tree or toys inside it.

I decided to glue on a piece of acetate, then found a Santa’s Workshop scene I liked from Creative Fabrica, and printed it out in the center of a sheet on my printer. I then carefully lined up which part of the scene I wanted, and cut out the shallower display window out of my printed piece of paper.

Fold your display window and glue the tabs together.

Carefully glue the display window into the inside of your building.

Glue Together the Body of the Building

Glue the front to the back of the building.

Add the Bottom Insert

Check the fit of the bottom insert piece, adjusting any of the fold lines as necessary. You may need to trim the corners. Glue in the bottom insert piece now as it will help to help to stiffen and maintain the shape of the building. I like to lower it in from the top. I run the needle tip of my glue bottle between the bottom Insert and the sides, making sure each side is glued securely before moving on to the next.

Middle Part of Building

Fold the Body of the Building

Fold the front and back of the building. The horizontal score lines in the center of the building are for placement of stonework if desired, not folding.

Glue on the Window Frames and Doors. Attach Vellum Windows.

Glue vellum into each of the front doors.

Glue on the window frames. Glue on the doors and the door frame around the doors.

Glue the vellum in place if you are using it. 

Glue Together the Body of the Building

Glue the front to the back of the building.

Add the Bottom Insert

Check the fit of the bottom insert piece, adjusting any of the fold lines as necessary. You may need to trim the corners. Glue in the bottom insert piece now as it will help to help to stiffen and maintain the shape of the building. I like to lower it in from the top. Align the notch with the doorway. I run the needle tip of my glue bottle between the bottom Insert and the sides, making sure each side is glued securely before moving on to the next.

Right Part of Building

Fold the Body of the Building

Fold the front and back of the building.

Glue on the Window Frames and Doors. Attach Vellum Windows.

Glue on the window frames. Glue on the doors and the door frame around the doors.

Glue the vellum in place if you are using it. 

Glue Together the Body of the Building

Glue the back seam of the building together. You don’t glue the front tabs at this time.

Add the Bottom Insert

Check the fit of the bottom insert piece, adjusting any of the fold lines as necessary. You may need to trim the corners. Glue the building around the bottom insert now as it will help to help to stiffen and maintain the shape of the building. Align the notch with the doorway.

Glue on the top insert. This piece is very important to stiffen the top of the building so the roof will fit.

Assemble the 3 Building Parts Together

Glue the left building to the middle building, aligning the back wall.

Note on the glue I ended up having to use: for the 1st I time, I used a metallic paint on the walls of this building, and I had a hard time getting the metallic to metallic walls to stick together. Eventually, I tried Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue and was successful with that.

At this point I decided to add a top insert onto the middle part of my building to retain its shape. My left building did not need one, but I realized that if you used a thinner material to make your building, it might. If so, cut out a 2nd bottom insert and trim off the tabs and glue on the top. The picture below shows how that would look.

Glue the right building to the middle building, with one short wall also attaching to the left building.

Your attached buildings should now look like this: you may want to paint the edges of the top inserts.

Glue on the Roofs

Fold and glue both the left and the right roofs using the tabs.

Glue each part of the middle and cupola roofs together, then insert the cone part through the skirt part and glue.

Make the cupolas by gluing the louvers into the inside, then gluing into a hexagon. Glue on the cupola roofs. **Note: I had no problem cutting the louvers on my Maker, using a sticky mat, a new blade, and 65# cardstock and using the 65# cardstock with “less pressure” setting. If you can not get them to cut nicely use the pdf to print them out on your printer and cut with a craft blade.

Glue on the right roof. The roof should fit right beneath the back window frames of the middle building. Depending upon the thickness of your building material, you may need to slightly trim the roof where it abuts the back wall of the left building. Your bead of glue will need to be right at the edge of the top insert to catch the roof.

Glue on the left roof, then lastly the middle roof.

Glue the cupolas to the top of the left and right roofs. If you want the light from the buildings to shine out through the cupolas, cut off just the tip of both the left and right roofs before gluing on the cupolas.

Attach the Entryway and Signs.

Fold together and glue columns to the left and right of the main doors. Attach the entryway roof to the building and columns.

Decide where you want the front columns and glue onto the roof. Then cut as much railing as you desire to attach to the front and back columns to strengthen the entryway. You can glue the railings on the outside or the inside of the columns, or between the columns like I did.

Lastly, glue on your signs.

Make Base and Decorate as Desired.

Enjoy making Santa’s Workshop yourself! I would love to see your finished design. Please share a photo of it with me by emailing me at Jackie@acottageintheforest.com

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