Today we were greeted by an elf in an ugly sweater. I used scraps of felt, ribbon, different decorations and a glue gun to create this one. We all got a good laugh.
With the holidays approaching, many of us will be traveling. Our little Elf'ish friends will surely want to come too. Here is a cute way to let your kids know that their Elf is along for the ride. We used a small jewelry box and a metallic pipe cleaner to create a little suitcase for our Elf.
Here's the messiest one (we promise). For this one we used about 1.5-2 cups of flour. We spread the flower in an even layer across the table, then laid our elf in the middle of the flour. We then pushed his legs and arms from side to side, to mimic the movements made when creating a snow angel. Afterwards we posed the elf nearby so that the children would find him.
Today our little Elf decided to take a selfie... It was a lot of fun for the kids to find him in the photocopier. I think we might just post his portrait on the refrigerator.
Here's a cute way to incorporate pets. We have a Dalmatian mix and a Harlequin Great Dane, so we decided to use a hole punch to create black spots and put them on our elf. We stuck the spots using (very sparingly) a glue stick. They came off easily, and there isn't a lot of residue.
*This can easily be incorporated for any pet.
Here's a silly one that only takes a few minutes to complete. We replaced out family photos, with pictures of our mischievous little friend. You can either replace the photos, or print photos and tape them to the glass in the frame.
So, you've purchased the elf and realized that he/she has floppy extremities. Here's how to remedy that.
Using the sharp scissors, cut a tiny hole in the back of each shoulder and just under the tush. You only need an opening large enough to slip your wire through, but not so large that it will need to be sewn shut... unless you want to sew.
Using the needle nose pliers, bend the top of the pipe cleaner into a loop. This prevents the wire from poking through the end of the Elf's arm or leg. Now take the pipe cleaner, fold it in half, and wrap it tightly around itself. twist the wire until it is about 4.5" long.
Lay the twisted pipe cleaner along the Elf's arm to measure how long you need it to be, ours was 4.5". Cut the pipe cleaners (if necessary) with the wire cutters, just short of the end of the Elf's hand, and bend this end into a loop as well.
Slip the pipe cleaner into the opening in the Elf's shoulder and work it down toward the Elf's hand. When you are done, if it's still peeking out of the Elf's shoulder, you'll need to cut or re-cut the wire and make it shorter.
If necessary, using your sewing needle and red thread, begin stitching up the Elf's shoulder. Trim the threads.
Repeat this process for the Elf's other arm and legs (use red thread when stitching up the Elf's legs) and TADA! Your Elf can now grasp itself to almost any surface by bending his arms and legs.
** Want a sew-free surgery option for your Elf on the Shelf? You can attach a small piece of white Velcro to the insides of your Elf's hands using hot glue. The Elf's hands will be able to stick together so that it can hang from things like chandeliers, cabinet knobs, fan pulls... you get the idea!
Here's one that would work best for older kids. You'll need 9 mini-marshmallows and glitter pens. We set up a loosing game, but you can place them however you would like.
*For younger kids, consider using food coloring or frosting pens to create an edible game.
Feeling a little mischievous? Here's a fun one. We filled a small Tupperware with mini chocolate chips, and posted a little sign for all to see, "Free Reindeer Poop". We have provided you with a template for the sign, below. Just print it, cut it out, and glue it to a Popsicle stick. TADA!
**If you would like a healthier alternative, consider raisins.