I don’t think there is a Christmas tradition more divisive than Elf on the Shelf. Some parents love it and others hate it and swear they will never do it. We are firmly in the trapped camp. We don’t love it anymore but now we are kind of trapped into doing it. I have discovered the secret to loving it instead of hating it, is being prepared with fun ideas. If it late at night and we are trying to think of an elf idea, that is when we hate it. When we know what the elf is doing each night we are more inclined to love it as much as our kids. Another way we have found to keep us loving it, is to think outside the box a little bit more, to get creative without getting messy. That is how Elf on the Shelf Costumes were born. The best part? Now that they are done I can put them in the Elf box and next year we have an easy day! They are incredibly easy to make and really fun!
Elf on the Shelf Costumes
You will need:
- a Cricut Maker or Scissors
- the pattern at the end of this post
- brown felt
- green felt
- thin elastic
- hot glue
- sequins and buttons
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Print the pattern from the bottom of this post out and then use it as a template to cut out the tree and the gingerbread person. Make sure to also cut out the oval for the face.
Cut a 3 inch strip of elastic and hot glue it to the back side of the costumes with the ends folded under, like in the photo above. Hot glue buttons and sequins in patterns all over your tree and gingerbread person to make it more festive. Use a hair dryer to melt away any extra hot glue strings. Slip the Elf on the Shelf Costumes over your elves and put them in the next fun spot to be found! I like putting them in the Elf on the Shelf Costumes in the Christmas tree!
Do you do Elf on the Shelf?
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