Step into the truly magical world of Santa’s workshop with these fun Santa printables and free elf patterns, illustrated by Emily Waite. Create super-sweet Christmas scenes featuring mischievous elves and piles of traditional toys then add bright, festive papers in complementary colours.


Don’t forget to include Santa, too – you’ll find him making his list and checking it twice. There is even an array of outfits for old St Nick to be dressed up in!

Sarah Jackman-Read has used these free Santa printables to create fun designs, including an exploding box card that houses Santa’s Toy Shop – you can make the toy shop by scoring, folding and sticking the downloadable design into shape then adding the red roof printable strip on top. We’ve even included a FREE template to help you create the exploding box card base. Here's a top tip, use baker's twine in red and white for added festive flourish.

If you like these free elf patterns, check out our other free patterned papers, there are lots to choose from and there are lots of different festive themes. We also have these Jolly Santa printables, or for non-traditional free papers, how about these free sloth downloads for making your own sloth Christmas cards? Or, for more general card making, let us show you how to make cards.

We love seeing what you make with our free printable papers, so don’t forget to share your cards and papercraft projects with us on Facebook and Twitter, too!

Try these Christmas cards using your Santa printables

Bendy card

Include a curved panel on your card front to create a shop-counter effect, surrounded by toys and gifts.

He's making a list!
  1. Create a 17 x 13cm, white card blank. Score vertically at 1.5cm in from the left-hand side of a 5 x 13.5cm piece of white card. Cut a tab into the right-hand side. Add double-sided tape to the scored section and attach it to the left-hand side of the card front.
  2. Trim a piece of present-patterned paper to 16 x 12cm, and another to 4 x 10cm. Layer both pieces onto slightly larger panels of green card then attach to the card front and the tabbed panel.
  3. Cut a 1.5cm slit in the card front, 3cm in and 3.5cm up from the bottom-right corner, then slip the tab into it. Fussy cut toys then glue to the bottom-right corner.
  4. Attach a fussy-cut Santa to the top of the curved panel. Use sticky foam pads to attach Santa’s arms, leaving his hands free. Trim white paper to 14 x 2cm, curl it up then adhere the end into Santa’s hands.

Santa's new clothes

Free Santa printables

The aperture in this card means your recipient can dress up Santa in the outfits pegged onto the baker’s twine washing line, by folding the tabs into place.

Exploding box card

Surprise your recipients by placing the Santa’s toy shop gift box inside an exploding box card. Punch a small hole in the roof of the box and thread with baker’s twine to secure.

Download your free Santa's workshop printables:

Click the link to download the Santa's workshop printable collection, or to download each printable sheet separately, click on the link below the image and it will open in a new window. You can then save/download the sheet. There are a total of 12 printable sheets to download to complete this card project.

Free Santa's workshop printables - Sheet 1

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Sarah is a freelance craft designer specialising in paper craft, quilling and sewing. She regularly creates a variety of projects for several uk craft companies and magazines. She also designs and makes her own resin jewellery:

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