Elf on the Shelf, DIY style.

Let the Christmas season begin!

DIY Elf on the Shelf

I never thought I would own an Elf on the Shelf, but the way my days have been going lately, I am willing to try anything to get my 3-year-old hellion to behave a little better.  I am a cheapskate and refuse to pay $30 for the somewhat-creepy commercial elf, so I whipped this one up for $5.44 with supplies from Joann’s (doll head, pipe cleaners and red and white felt).  I could have spent less, but I didn’t have an active coupon on my Joann’s phone app.

Just don’t expect to see any super elaborate Elf ideas here.  I’ll be lucky if I remember to move her each night!


Linking up with TGIFF over at Sewing By Moonlight.

16 thoughts on “Elf on the Shelf, DIY style.

  1. I’ll be honest, that is slightly disturbing, is it to scare your little one into being good?? You remember the 80’s, so I know you’ll get a Chucky reference!! ; ) But seriously, Elf on a Shelf, is that some kind of American tradition??

  2. This is the best elf I’ve seen! I like the concept of elf on the shelf but there is no way I’m paying $30 for one. Plus yours is so much nicer. I see some big money on etsy next year for these. I’ve already pinned this in pinterest. Awesome job again!

  3. LOVE your elf. So much more personality that the mass produced ones! I know its been a while but would you share a pattern/tutorial? I’d love to introduce an elf to our family this year.

  4. Your elf is adorable! I didn’t know that I was a pioneer, but I made an elf in 1966 after my first child was born. I used it for all 3 of my children, and we have had a great time with him/her. One of our rules was that the elf could not be touched. Now that my children are grown with children of their own, they also have an elf that I made for them. I have also heard many funny stories about what happened when they were young. For instance, the elf fell and my youngest tried to figure out how to get him/her back where it was without touching it.

  5. Hi I think you doll is better than elf on shelf loving that hair, since I live in Italy we don’t have elf on the shelf:( but I want to start one this year for my kids do you have a pattern I could follow ( I am not a very good sewer but will give it a try) the doll to have them shipped out here are going to cost me around 60 euro and I have two kids help me please .
    Thanks in advance

  6. Hi ladies I’m from South Africa it’s the first time I’m hearing of elf on the shelf tradition. I’m really in love with this. Will definitely try it.

  7. What a neat craft you have made! Very convenient, money-saving, and inspiring! Mass-produced stuff can turn out to sell at ridiculously high prices. Well done!

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