Christmas Elf Paper Plate Craft

Christmas Elf Paper Plate Craft

Santa’s elves work so hard each year, don’t they? Elves are in charge of making toys for the entire world and miraculously meeting their annual deadline with spectacular cheer! Does your family have an elf-on-the-shelf tradition? We think an adorable elf-craft-on-the-fridge tradition is the perfect way to decorate for the season- and get little ones crafting and having fun. 

BONUS: All of our paper plate crafts for Christmas make excellent Christmas cards, too! Have your little one autograph their name on the back with a seasonal greeting. 

If you’re ready to hit your elf workbench and get crafty with us, let’s get started! 


Things you’ll need

Christmas Elf Paper Plate Craft
  • Paper plates
  • Craft paint in various skin tones
  • Paint brush
  • Construction paper
  • Googly eyes
  • Pom poms
  • Black marker
  • Bottle cap
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

Steps

Christmas Elf Paper Plate Craft

First, prepare two paper plates by painting the undersides with a skin toned shade of craft paint. One plate will make your elf’s face and the other will be for the ears. Set the plates aside to dry. 

Christmas Elf Paper Plate Craft

Once the paper plates are dry, use one to make some iconic elf ears. Use your marker to draw a large heart in the center of the plate, then a line down the middle. Cut out the heart and cut it down the middle, rounding off the pointy edges with your scissors.    

Christmas Elf Paper Plate Craft

Trace a bottle cap onto a rosy pink shade of construction paper to make some cheeks. Cut them out. 

Christmas Elf Paper Plate Craft

To make your elf’s hair, use the edge of a paper plate to draw a curve on the construction paper. Draw a scalloped or wavy edge to make the elf’s fringe. Cut out this piece and set it aside. NOTE: the hairpiece should cover about one third of the paper plate. 

Christmas Elf Paper Plate Craft

Choose another shade of construction paper and trace around the elf’s chin to make a collar. You can make any style of collar you like, from soft and traditional to frilly and fancy. We went the fancy route, of course. 

Christmas Elf Paper Plate Craft

Now, for the elf hat. Cut out a large triangle from a full sheet of construction paper. You can make a long, vertical triangle for a folded cap or cut out a large, horizontal triangle for a short, pointy hat. Both are adorable. 

Christmas Elf Paper Plate Craft

Adorn your elf hat with some ribbon and a pom pom on the end. We added a blue button to ours. You can get creative with bows and bells, too.  

Christmas Elf Paper Plate Craft

Now that you have all of your elf pieces prepared, have fun glueing them in place. 

Christmas Elf Paper Plate Craft

Use your black marker to draw a sweet nose and smiling mouth. Your elf is complete! Nice job! 

Christmas Elf Paper Plate Craft

Q: What kind of music do elves like best? 

A: Wrap music!  

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