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^Okay if you remember, this was the inspiration^

Here are images of my elf ornament in progress.
[I’ll try to edit this with directions when I’m finished. Hopefully I’ll be able to make some patterns!]

What you need:

round wood bead [I used 25mm]

Flesh toned acrylic paint [I used Delta Ceramcoat  ‘santa’s flesh’]

paint brush

black art pen [for drawing face]

2 pieces of chenille pipe cleaner [beige or flesh tone would be best]

Your choice of felt colors [I used scraps of lime, red and green]

clear tacky glue

needle and thread [coordinate your thread with felt colors]

pom poms, jingle bells or other accoutrement

Gold cord for hanging

Here’s the finished elf, A little rough but I think he came out pretty cute! Still working on how to do patterns and directions!!


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elf coloring sheet

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Why not do something special for Christmas this year and make an elf costume with your child?

Christmas is on its way and you are looking for a fun activity that you can do with your child. Why not create an elf  together? It will be a creative and satisfying experience for the young one and makes for some valuable parent/child time together. Once the elf costume is finished, a whole slew of elfish activities can be initiated such as songs, plays, and games.

The finished costume will consist of a short tunic and a pointed hat – decorated according to the child’s taste. It is recommended that you spread the activity over a few days to maintain your child’s interest. This activity is recommended for children age 4 and up. Parental supervision is advised.

Step 1: Materials

You will need one and a half to two yards of red felt per child, smaller pieces of other colors of felt (such as, green, white, yellow and black), non-toxic glue, a measuring tape, tiny bells, needle and thread. Fabric other than felt can be used, but it will probably require hemming.

Step 2: Introducing the idea

Tell your child that you are going to make an elf costume together. Describe the costume and specify that you will need their help. Recounting a few stories about elves (and all their good deeds) might add some magic to your activity.

Step 3: Measuring and cutting out the fabric

Fold over the felt and ask your child to lie down on it. The fold will be the shoulders of the tunic (so you don’t have to sew them!) Use a marker to indicate the sides of the neck, the lower edges of the armholes and the desired length. To avoid any limitations on movement, hip length is best. Cut out the tunic and try it on over your child’s head.

For the hat, measure the circumference of your child’s head and mark it on the felt with about an inch to spare. Mark the desired height (about 1 foot is recommended, too long will lead to the hat falling off.) Cut out the resulting rectangle, roll it into a cone and place it on your child’s head (it should go down over their ears). While holding the felt with your fingers, remove it from the head. Pin the cone together (in a straight line from hem to point) using safety pins. An extra flap of material will be left over – don’t worry about this. It won’t be seen once the hat is turned inside out.

Step 4: Sewing the fabric

This is the only step involving sewing, and it won’t take long. It is recommended that you do this step when your child is not around (needles in the eye or skin can happen, so it is best to play it safe). Using a double thread if sewing by hand, sew the sides of the tunic together leaving ample room for the arms. Turn it inside out so the seams don’t show. Next, sew the cone along the line of safety pins in the hat (from rim to point in a straight line) and turn it inside out. Finish by sewing a little bell onto the point of the hat.

Step 5: Trying on the costume

Let your child try on the costume and then check the fit. If the hat is too big, you might want to hem it under or adjust the cone seam a little.

Step 6: Decorating

Encourage your child to do a drawing of the desired costume. The child will feel very proud when his or her plan becomes a costume that can be worn.

Ask your child to draw the shapes from the plan on the smaller, different colored pieces of felt. If the child is old enough, he or she can cut out the shapes. If not, you do the cutting.

Lay out the tunic and hat and have your child glue the shapes onto the costume. Make sure ample amounts of glue are spread to the edges of the felt so the pieces won’t fall off. After decorating one side of the tunic and hat, allow the glue to dry completely before turning them over and doing the other sides.

Step 7: Enjoy

When your child puts on the finished costume, you will certainly want to take advantage of the photo op. You could also suggest that he or she come up with a little elf play or song that will be presented at a family gathering or just for you. And of course, elves are Santa’s little helpers, so you could also suggest that your elf-kids help out at the Christmas party.

Merry Christmas!

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elf ornaments

[Here are a couple of craft projects mined off of the net. Above is a cute ornament I found a picture of on Flickr, I will try to come up with directions on how to make it when time permits!! There should be links back to the original sites on all the photos, if not please let me know because I believe in giving props to those who have created all the little lovelies I find!!]

Activa Elf Ornament This little guy will add a touch of holiday whimsy to your tree. Designed by Jill MacKay

Activa Elf Ornament This little guy will add a touch of holiday whimsy to your tree. Designed by Jill MacKay

4” Roll of Rigid Wrap®

3 “ Styrofoam Egg

Red Glitter

Red Pom-Pom

Acrylic Paint: Red, Green, Peach and Black

Piece of Craft Cord- 6”



Container for Water

Plastic to Cover Workspace


Cut several strips of Rigid Wrap® (RW) of various sizes ranging from

½” to 1 ½”, Cut one 8” long strip.

Make a loop with the cord and have the cord ends facing each other,

lying next to each other. Using smaller pieces of RW to secure the ends

of cord to top of egg. Then continue on and cover the entire egg with a

layer RW. For hat band, cut the 8” piece of RW in half length-wise.

Next fold the piece in half length-wise, dip in water and place around

head (egg) and smooth. For ears and nose scrunch up a wet piece of

RW and shape with finger tips, press in place, and smooth.

Hang to dry.

Paint head and face while holding hat, let dry.

Paint hat while holding face, let dry.

Trim hat band with glue and glitter let dry.

While hanging glue pom-pom to top of hat.

Let dry

Tip: Make a place to hang your ornament at your workspace,

so it can hang to dry in-between the different steps

Felt Elf Christmas Ornament

Red Felt; 4″ x 7″ piece

Green Felt; 4 1/2″ x 2″ piece

Flesh colored felt: 3 1/2″ x 9″ piece

One 10mm bell

One 5mm pink pom-pom

Two black glass E beads

Tacky glue

Small amount Polyester Fiberfill (stuffing)

8″ piece of elastic thread or crochet thread

Powdered blush

Ultra fine tip black permanent marker

Needle & thread

optional:  sewing machine and gold glitter glue

or fabric paint in a squeeze bottle

Trace and cut out two hat pieces from red felt.

Trace and cut out one collar piece from green felt and

trace and cut out two heads from flesh colored felt.

Pin the two head pieces together and sew around the

face close to the edge leaving the top section opened.

Topstitch around the ears.

Stuff the head with Polyester Fiberfil (stuffing).

Only the face will be stuffed – the ears will not get stuffed.

Then, sew the opening at the top of the head closed.  Set aside.

Pin the two hat sections together and stitch the two sides

close to the edge leaving the bottom edge opened.

Right side out the hat and place it on top of the elf’s head.

Stitch in place.

Fold down the top of the hat as pictured and tack

in place with a couple of stitches on the back side of the ornament.

Sew a bell to the tip of the hat.

Hand-stitch the collar to the lower portion of the head.

Brush powdered blush on the cheeks of the elf.

Sew the two black beads on for eyes.  Glue the pink

pom-pom on as the nose and using the permanent marker,

draw a mouth.

Thread a piece of elastic thread or crochet thread

through the back of the elf’s hat using a needle with

an eye large enough to pass the thread through.

Remove the needle and tie the ends in an overhand knot.

This will be your ornament’s hanger.

Optional:  Personalize your ornament by writing the recipients

name on the collar using the glitter glue or fabric paint in a squeeze bottle.

linked to original directions

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[mined the net again, here’s directions for making an elf tree skirt from http://swapatorium.blogspot.com archives and a 1969 magazine!]

Pixie Elf Tree Skirt

Poopscape here and I’m feelin’ all festivey and stuff. For this project, I referred back to my pile of old Pack O Fun magazines for craft inspiration. This time my eye was caught by the pixie-elf tree skirt project in the centerfold of the December 1969 issue. Second choice: That scary, tray-carrying Santa on the cover. Maybe next year.

Why does a tree need a skirt? Well, without one you’re stuck looking at the tree stand which, let’s face it, is more functional than decorative and needs covering up. For years I used an old bedsheet as a tree skirt (you can see a bit of it in the image below), which I would fluff up to look like a snow drift, and not a very convincing one at that. When I saw the tree skirt with its happy little foursome of elves with bad haircuts, I knew the sheet had had its day.

The pattern for the tree skirt was a mere 36″ wide- and that’s just not big enough- so I made the skirt almost twice as big because my tree is a monster (which also meant that I needed to make a few more elves to fill the space). I used glittery chartreuse felt for the skirt, magenta felt for the elves’ hats and collars, cream felt for the fleshy bits, and black for their hair.

I could have gone with more traditional Christmas colors I guess, but I had to create my own perverse take on green and red. I hotglued silver rickrack to the elves’ costumes, white rickrack around the edges of the tree skirt and white pom poms on the tips of their pointy hats. It looked way too unfinished without all that stuff on it. The rickrack totally makes it.

The verdict? Much, much better than that pathetic white sheet. Merry Christmas, Swapatori!

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