It’s time for that funny little elf to make his appearance on your shelf, getting into all sorts of shenanigans and watching until Christmas. While he’s there, make our fun Paper Bag Shelf Elf Craft, too! What elf wouldn’t love to be the inspiration for his very own paper bag puppet?
Even though I’m calling our craft a Shelf Elf, it’s inspired by the same elf we all know and love or hate, depending on the day. Just without the copyright issues. We also have a Free Printable Shelf Elf Printable to make this Christmas elf craft extra fun and easy! Simply print out, cut out the pieces, and glue together for a super sweet holiday activity.
Make a Christmas Elf Paper Bag Craft
To make our Christmas elf craft you will first need to print our free elf printable template. The rest of the supplies include a brown paper bag, construction paper in red, white, brown, and pink, black sharpie, scissors, and glue.
Christmas Shelf Elf Craft Supplies Needed
- Shelf Elf Printable
- Construction paper – red, white, brown, light pink, darker pink
- Black sharpie
Shelf Elf Craft Step by Step Directions
Print the template. The template includes – head, hair, hat, hat pompom, gloves, sleeves, trousers, and collar. Select red, white, black or brown, and pink colored papers for various pieces of the elf.
Trace the template patterns on the selected craft papers and cut out the traced pattern.
Now, glue the glove cutouts with the sleeve cutouts and glue the circle pompom on the tip of the hat cutout.
Glue the hair cutout on the top part of the head cutout.
Cut out 2 round shapes from darker pink paper for the blush cheeks then draw and cut out a pair of eyes of your choice from white craft paper. You could also use large googly eyes.
Add the blush cutouts and the eyes on the head. Use a sharpie to draw the face of the Elf.
Attach the hat pattern on the top side of the head.
Now, grab a paper bag. Cut a piece of red paper for the shirt to cover the front side of the paper bag, from under the flap down.
Attach the collar cutout on the prepared red paper. This is the shirt of the Elf puppet.
Attach the legs cutout on the bottom side of the shirt pattern.
Attach the body pattern on the paper bag, with the collar under the flap.
Now, glue the head to the flap.
Finally, attach the arm patterns on both sides of the paper bag Elf to complete the puppet.
Such a cute Christmas craft that I know you all will love as much as we do!
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More Christmas Crafts for Kids
Looking for even more Christmas crafts? Check out our Paper Cone Elf Craft, Cardboard Roll Elf Craft, Cardboard Roll Gingerbread Man Craft, and our Rolled Paper Angel Craft to name just a few of our many fun Christmas crafts for kids at Our Kid Things!