DIY Christmas Elves

 DIY Christmas Elves

DIY Christmas Elves

Grab some toilet paper rolls and other supplies and make a whole team of these DIY Christmas elves for your kids to play with this holiday season. A very simple and fun craft to sit down and summon your inner child on a cold winter day! Cheery faces and fun elf ears makes this toilet paper craft one of the most popular crafts for kids this Christmas. 

Toilet paper roll crafts are everywhere! They are very affordable and fun for kids to create art with. If you’re uneasy about using old toilet paper rolls, save your paper towel rolls and cut them down to toilet paper roll size. Your kids will love these elves and they can use them to play with or even decorate your home. 

DIY Christmas Elves

Here are more kid crafts and activities for indoors 

When it is bitter cold out, and the snow is falling, I always reach for my craft supplies. Once our homeschooling for the day is complete, I want to have activities to help keep the kids occupied. Cabin fever is real and, on those super chilly days, I make some homemade soup for dinner and serve a warm cup of apple cider to sip on while we craft. Stay nice and cozy indoors while it is chilly outside. 

How Christmas Elves Craft Benefits The Child 

Crafts are so much more than you might think. Crafts are an excellent way for your kids to learn and grow with their age and milestones on learning. Let me share a few ideas on how this toilet paper roll craft will help your child develop. The mess that crafts leave behind are so worth it in the grand scheme of things. 

DIY Christmas Elves

Fine Motor Skills 

Your child will be cutting, drawing and even gluing during the process of making their toilet paper elves. This is a beautiful way for younger children to focus and work on their fine motor skills. Make sure to have safety scissors for the younger kids. From teaching your child how to use their utensil correctly, showing them how to glue, and cutting on lines, these are the basics in developing fine motor skills.

Explores Creativity 

Any craft is going to allow your child to have some leeway to be creative. Maybe they come up with colors they want the elves outfits to be, or how they shape the ears, or give them funny or serious faces. All of those decisions are based off what they are drawing up in their minds. Nurture their creativity and cheer them on. 

Problem Solving

Like any craft, these DIY Christmas elves have steps that need to be followed to get the end result. Your kiddo will have to learn how to follow the steps and focus on the next step to complete the project. It is an excellent trial and error teaching moment as they work through problem solving. 

No Screen Time 

This craft also takes your kids away from screen time. I know this isn’t a huge benefit to some, but it teaches them there is more to life than streaming shows and playing video games. They can be hands-on with tangible items and create a fun craft that they can play with later. 

DIY Christmas Elves

Supplies:

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Directions:

1. Paint the top half of a toilet paper tube a flesh toned color. You’ll need to do two coats. You can also use paint and a brush if you prefer.

DIY Christmas Elves

2. Draw elf ears on a scrap piece of cardboard and paint them. Allow them to dry completely. Cut them out and set the to the side.

DIY Christmas Elves

DIY Christmas Elves

3. Cut the shape of hair from felt. Refer to the photo. Wrap the felt around the tube before making any final cuts to insure it’s long enough.

DIY Christmas Elves

4. Cut the elves’ clothes from colored felt. Make sure the felt is long enough to wrap around the toilet tube before making a cut. Refer to the photo below

5. Cut a white collar and a black belt from felt.

6. Cut a square belt buckle from glitter foam sheet.

DIY Christmas Elves

7. Glue the clothing to the toilet paper tube.

DIY Christmas Elves

8. Glue the belt over the clothing and then glue on the belt buckle.

DIY Christmas Elves

9. Glue the hair onto the toilet paper tube.

DIY Christmas Elves

10. Glue the ears onto each side of the toilet paper tube.

DIY Christmas Elves

11. Cut half circles from felt. Fold the circles to create a cone-shaped hat. Glue in place. Refer to photo.

DIY Christmas Elves

12. Glue a pom pom to the top of the hat.

DIY Christmas Elves

13. Glue the hat on top of the toilet paper tube.

DIY Christmas Elves

14. Wrap glitter tape around the bottom of the hat and secure in the back with a dab of glue.

DIY Christmas Elves

15. Use paint markers to draw a face onto the toilet paper tube.

DIY Christmas Elves

Your elf is now finished and ready to cause some Christmas mischief!

DIY Christmas Elves

 

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DIY Christmas Elves

DIY Christmas Elves

Grab some toilet paper rolls and other supplies and make a whole team of these DIY Christmas elves for your kids to play with this holiday season.

Materials

  • Toilet Paper Tubes
  • Felt
  • Glitter Foam Sheet
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pom Poms
  • Glitter Tape
  • Paint Markers

Instructions

  1. Paint the top half of a toilet paper tube a flesh toned color. You’ll need to do two coats. You can also use paint and a brush if you prefer.
  2. Draw elf ears on a scrap piece of cardboard and paint them. Allow them to dry completely. Cut them out and set the to the side.
  3. Cut the shape of hair from felt. Refer to the photo. Wrap the felt around the tube before making any final cuts to insure it’s long enough.
  4. Cut the elves clothes from colored felt. Make sure the felt is long enough to wrap around the toilet tube before making a cut. Refer to the photo.
  5. Cut a white collar from felt and a black belt from felt.
  6. Cut a square belt buckle from glitter foam sheet.
  7. Glue the clothing to the toilet paper tube.
  8. Glue the belt over the clothing and then glue on the belt buckle.
  9. Glue the hair onto the toilet paper tube.
  10. Glue the ears onto each side of the toilet paper tube.
  11. Cut half circles from felt. Fold the circles to create a cone shaped hat. Glue in place. Refer to photo.
  12. Glue a pom pom to the top of the hat.
  13. Glue the hat on top of the toilet paper tube.
  14. Wrap glitter tape around the bottom of the hat and secure in the back with a dab of glue.
  15. Use paint markers to draw a face onto the toilet paper tube.
  16. Your elf is now finished and ready to cause some Christmas mischief!
 
Laura Awe Filled Homemaker
 

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