Santa Claus in a Chair Topper

Santa Claus in a Chair Topper

$180 - $220

Learn how to make a topper of a realistic Santa Claus sitting in a baroque style chair holding a book.

Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas! In this tutorial, Serdar will teach you how to make a topper of a realistic Santa Claus sitting in a baroque style chair reading a story.

Downloadable Course Material

If you would like to approximately match the size of the artwork in the tutorial, print the downloadable files at 100% size. If you require your artwork to be smaller or larger, just adjust the print size accordingly.
Santa Claus in a Chair Topper Course Material
This PDF document contains actual size blueprints of the chair as well as guides for the chair and Santa's body parts.

The Plan
Tools & Materials
Ingredients & Recipes
Making the Chair Structure
Making the Floor
Making the Book
Making the Boots
Making Santa's Head
Making the Chair Ornaments
Making the Chair (Airbrushing)
Making the Chair Ornaments (Continued)
Making the Chair (Adding Upholstery)
Adding the Ornaments to the Chair
Making the Floor (Continued)
Making Santa's Legs
Making Santa's Torso/Jacket
Making Santa's Arms
Making Santa's Head (Continued)
Making Santa's Beard
Making Santa's Glasses
Making Santa's Hands
Final Thoughts
Total Duration

While not everything on this list is absolutely required, these are the things used in this tutorial video. Of course you are welcome to find alternative ways of doing things and we would love to hear if you've discovered an easier method or better tool to achieve good results. Please note that some items may be listed as sets, and it is usually recommended to have full sets, it may not be neccessary. In most cases, only one item from a set is actually used in the tutorial. Please watch the tutorial before purchasing any items to make sure you are not buying anything you don't need.
Tools & Materials
Modelling Tools Shop Online
Minimum of 8 pieces recommended.
Craft Knife Shop Online
Marzipan Knife Shop Online
Small Star Nozzle
Set of Knives Shop Online
Powder Shaker Shop Online
Preferably with small holes.
Rolling Pins Shop Online
Preferably with no scratches or dents.
Airbrush Set Shop Online
Needle or Pin
Serdar often uses a needle or a pin to remove air bubbles from underneath the fondant when coating a cake. They can also be used to pick up very small objects when decorating.
Edible Marker Pens Shop Online
Very thin if possible.
Small Silicon Mat
Set of Scissors Shop Online
Hand Towels
Ensure fibers are not loose.
Small Gas Torch
Set of Brushes Shop Online
Oil Cooking Spray Shop Online
Colour should be as light as possible to prevent discolouration in the fondant or pastillage.
Water Spray Bottle
Cold Spray Shop Online
Skewers Shop Online
Wooden Base (Optional)
Aluminium Foil Shop Online
Thicker is preferred.
Styrofoam Block Shop Online
15mm thick sheet
Gel Food Colours Shop Online
Edible Pearl Dust Shop Online
Confectioners Varnish Shop Online
Recipes & Ingredients

A thick sugar paste, similar to gum paste, that can be molded into different shapes and forms. When dried, it is hard and brittle. Unlike gum paste, pastillage dries much quicker and stronger. Made with gelatine, water...[read more]

Rolled Fondant

Red, burgundy, skin colour, brown and white.

Royal icing is a hard white icing, made from egg white and icing sugar (mix or pure). A little addition of an acidic substance like lemon juice, citric acid or cream of tartar, the texture of the icing can be improved....[read more]

CMC (Tylose)
Icing Sugar Mixture Wikipedia
Icing sugar mixture, also known as confectioners' sugar or powdered sugar, is pulverised granulated sugar crushed together with a small amount (about three percent) of cornflour. This icing sugar is great to use when making icing for kids' birthday cakes or dusting sweet treats.
Kirsch or other clear alcohol
Dark Chocolate Wikipedia
Chocolate is a typically sweet, usually brown, food preparation of Theobroma cacao seeds, roasted and ground, often flavored, as with vanilla. It is made in the form of a liquid, paste, or in a block or used as a flavoring ingredient in other sweet foods.
Isomalt Shop Online
Isomalt is a sugar substitute, a type of sugar alcohol, used primarily for its sugar-like physical properties. It has only a small impact on blood sugar levels and does not promote tooth decay, i.e. is tooth-friendly. Isomalt is widely used for the production of sugar-free candy, especially hard-boiled candy, because it resists crystallisation much better than the standard combinations of sucrose and corn syrup. It is used in sugar sculpture for the same reason. Source:


  1. Brenda Pakau says:

    Thank you so much Chef Yener, as usual your work is nothing but Excellent. You’re a great teacher. I am looking forward to making. Thank you so much

  2. Bobbi Ames says:

    This is such a fantastic video! And everything was done so well!! Not only the wonderful lessons but also the filming. As usual, I feel like I didn’t miss a thing! You make a GREAT team and I love every video I have ever seen from you and your wonderful, talented family. Thank you to all involved!

  3. brooke newell says:

    the air conditioning isn’t great so could you do the royl icing to do the decorations rather than chocolate since it would melt?

    1. Serdar Yener says:

      Yes, but consider that finishing will take longer time.

  4. Carrie James says:

    Thank you for another incredible tutorial. I’ve been trying for years to make my faces more realistic & your methods, particularly for the creation of the eyes & filling with Royal Icing are genius! Apart from the one you specifically mention as being made from a glue stick, are the two other clear tools made from larger glue sticks?

  5. ThejaIdris says:

    It’s really awesome and lots of tips I learned, Thank you So much.

  6. nozkamil says:

    this tutorial is amazing love it .i am going to try to make Santa thank you mr yener

  7. klince says:

    Great bunch of tips and tricks again, Mr. Yener. Especially how to make the eye lids (I loved it), the whole face and the glasses. Amazing! Merry Christmas to you and to your family. And Merry Christmas to all the members of Yeners way.

  8. Manya Unusyan says:

    Very cute Santa. Thank you so much for teaching us.

  9. Dolci Di says:

    Looks amazing! And of course completely out of my league. But I am hoping to try the gingerbread house next weekend. 🙂

  10. Atlantic Cake Creations says:

    I can’t wait to try this tutorial!!! I love Santa!
    Thanks Chef!

  11. AMEL says:

    Very excited to learn that .thanks chef

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