Crafty Christmas Elf

My parents still have the Christmas crafts I made when I was a kid...and now that I'm a mom, I proudly carry on that tradition! One of my sons made this cute-as-can-be elf last weekend, and this jingly bauble will definitely deck our halls each holiday season. If you're looking for a stocking stuffer or party activity for the kids' table, consider creating this festive little elf.

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    To make the elf hat, cut a semicircle of felt that's 1.5" in diameter. Wrap the felt to create a cone, leaving a small space at the tip of the hat, and glue the edge.

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    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    To make the scarf, cut a 1/2" by 4" strip of felt and fringe the ends. Cut a small slit about 3/4 of the way from the end of the scarf.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Bend one pipe cleaner in half and thread a large plain bead (for the body), face bead, felt hat, and small jingle bell about halfway down. )

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Next, thread small beads onto each leg and bend the ends to make feet.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    Cut one pipe cleaner in half and twist one half around the neck to forearms. Thread small beads onto each arm and bend the ends to make hands.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Done!

    Wrap the scarf around the neck and then thread ribbon through the top loop. And there you have it...your own jingle bell elf!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

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