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Why not try and recreate this festive Christmas ‘How to’ make a Santa’s Grotto… in your classroom or learning environment?  With the help of this step by step guide to follow, and using one of our giant dark dens along with some of our Christmas themed materials, you too can have a Santa’s Grotto.

Making a Christmas Santa’s Grotto…

Christmas Crafts

Step 1

You will need to roll up the fabric opening to the giant dark den and securely tie in place using ribbon. Secure some mesh lights around the inside of the giant dark den using the hook and loop tabs found in the top inside corners of the den. Top Tip: decide which side you need the plug to be on before you put up the lights.  Next, pull out a long length of creative foil and scrunch up to create texture and volume. Tie 1 length of the foil on each side of the den leaving plenty of spare foil at the bottom to build up the base. Gather and stick the foil to the inside of the door frame using sticky tape.

Giant Dark Den       Giant Dark Den       Giant Dark Den

Step 2

Add a ‘swag’ of scrunched up foil across the top of the den to finish off the Grotto’s entrance and build up the outside of the Grotto using boxes etc. Cover the boxes with the spare foil creating a built up snowy entrance effect.

Iridescent Snowflakes      Big Display Snow Set      Big Display Snow Set

Next, add soft, sparkling texture by sprinkling iridescent snowflakesfluffy snow and a snow blanket. Add the finishing touches by draping wadding icicles and sticking on giant snowflakes and stars.

Step 3

Cover a chair with coloured foil and add a Sparkle Cushion to create a special ‘throne’ for Santa (or a little helper!)  Make a special chair back by twisting and shaping metallic pipe cleaners, place the chair inside the Grotto and add presents around the base.

Metallic Pipe Cleaners      Giant Dark Den      Santa's Grotto

Add a Christmas tree with twinkling lights and children’s decorations and finally a beautiful reindeer and sleigh full of presents for a perfect Santa’s Grotto!


Enjoy creating your magical festive space….

View our other Christmas ‘How to’ blog posts below:

Santa’s Grotto

Christmas Fireplace and Hearth

Christmas Tree Decorations

Stained Glass Windows

Christmas Reindeer Scene

Festive Decorations

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