My favorite Christmas movie is Elf. It’s so funny, but also has a heartwarming story line. As a person with a degree in music, I especially love the idea that “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” But there’s another way to spread Christmas cheer too. With an elf craft! If your kids aren’t old enough to watch the movie Elf, you can introduce them to the funny character by crafting with them.

Here are just a few fun projects for spreading holiday cheer in the form of pointy ears and boots with bells on the toes.

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1. Popsicle Stick Elf

With just a handful of craft supplies, your little one can enjoy putting together a popsicle stick elf that will look adorable wherever he’s put on display. Maybe you could even use this guy to spread some Christmas cheer, instead of that creepy Elf on the Shelf!

Stop by I Heart Arts n Crafts for instructions on making this cutie.


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2. Pine Cone Elves

Look at all the pretty colors! What a fun way to incorporate seasonal textures and festive elements into one craft. Get your kids out in nature to collect pine cones, and then take them inside to put together adorable little elves. I bet you could bend their legs and sit them on the branches of the Christmas tree. Or the fireplace mantel. Or the dashboard inside your car. Ooh, so fun!

Get the 4-1-1 on this craft by visiting Pink and Green Mama.

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3. Paper Plate Elf

Who doesn’t love a good paper plate craft? It’s probably the easiest type of craft there is! But if you aren’t sold on the idea, maybe you’ll like it after hearing that the other materials used are paint, jingle bells and pom poms. Now those are some fun items to craft with!

Get the full supplies list and directions from at Crafts by Amanda.

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4. Girly Elves

Calling all girly girls! This craft’s for you. It’s best suited for kids who are a bit older, since it requires a bit of patience and discipline. But oh my gosh, these little girl elves are so cute! I know I’m a grown up, but I would totally make these and play with them afterwards.

Head over to Fynes Designs, where you’ll find all the info you need for getting your elf on in girly form.

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5. Elf Boot Ornaments

Oh. My. Gosh. These are so much fun! They would add a whimsical, colorful, playful vibe to your Christmas tree, that’s for sure! You could even make bigger versions of them and hang them instead of traditional stockings. Totally cute, right?

The DIY Dreamer has everything you need to know about making these mini boots.

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6. Elf Hat

This is probably the easiest craft you’ll ever do. You basically just form a piece of construction paper into a cone, wrap a ribbon around it and glue it together. Of course, you can decorate the hat with fun embellishments if your kids want to get really festive. That’s why this craft is great- you can personalize it to make it more fun!

There are lots of other fun Christmas project ideas at Blessed Beyond Crazy.

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7. Toilet Paper Roll Elves

Don’t toss those empty toilet paper rolls! Turn them into cute elves for Christmas. Even smaller children can decorate these with a little supervision. And they’re cute enough to display just about anywhere in your home! Just be careful displaying them around the fireplace, or Santa might not be the only one coming through the chimney…

Learn how to make these adorable guys at Arty Crafty Kids.


Leena Kollar

Leena Kollar

Contributing Writer at Life As Mama
I'm a wife, mother and everything else associated with domestic life. I can often be found hiding from my kids to sneak treats (especially ice cream). I love rainbows and naps, and I find any excuse to go to Target. When I actually make it out of the house in real clothes, I document my outfits on my fashion blog, Leather & Lip Gloss. My love for fashion also inspired me to start my own comprehensive style website, The Style Spectrum.
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