20 Easy and Fun Elf Crafts For Kids to Make this Christmas

Christmas elves are a fun craft project for kids of all ages to create. From the elf ears to their hats and shoes, there's something endearing about these cute little creatures. From ornaments to puppets and from elf hats to painted rocks, you'll find a variety of kids elf crafts for preschoolers to older elementary kids.

These craft projects make use of common craft items such as felt, construction paper (sugar paper in the UK), egg cartons, craft sticks, paint and of course, glue. From adorable popsicle sticks elves to pinecone elves and from pipe cleaner elves to clay pot elves, these creative crafts will keep your kids busy creating this magical holiday creature.

Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers, this craft transforms a brown paper lunch bag into an adorable elf. A glue stick, cotton balls, pom poms, pipe cleaners and googly eyes are all you need to craft this paper elf.
Christmas Elf Brown Paper Bag Craft by Surviving A Teacher's Salary

Popsicle sticks make the perfect elf legs that kids will love to paint or draw on to create the stockings. You can optionally add glitter or rhinestones to give your elf's legs a little more bling. Don't forget his card stock shoes!
Elf Legs Kids Craft By Glued To My Crafts Blog

This craft comes with a template and a video so you can recreate this dancing elf yourself! You'll need newspaper, acrylic paint, googly eyes, pom poms and a few other craft items. The most fun part will no doubt be creating the long leg pieces and the curly toe dancing shoes. Cute!
Newspaper Elf Craft by Kids Craft Room

Craft sticks and pipe cleaners create a sweet elf ornament perfect for hanging on a Christmas tree. Fashion the elves hats out of pipe cleaners complete with a sparkly red pom pom at the top. Kids will love painting them and attaching the googly eyes!
Craft Stick Elf Ornament by The Resourceful Mama

Perfect for 3rd and 4th graders, this paper elf puppet has movable arms and legs that are attached with split pins. This tutorial provides a template for the elves as well as a video so that you can learn how to secure the string properly so that the elves can be effective "puppets!"
Elf Paper Puppet by Red Ted Art

Cardboard tubes get painted with acrylic paint and transformed into elves with the help of colorful cardboard paper and felt pieces. Glue, scissors and staplers are also used in this craft.
Cardboard Tube Christmas Elf Craft by Arty Crafty Kids

Pipe cleaners, felt, a wine cork and glue will get you started making this cute elf ornament that can be posed on tree branches rather than hung. You can also use pose these little elves anywhere around your house. Would be perfect for Elf On The Shelf.
Pipe Cleaner Elf Ornaments by My Very Educated Mother

This craft uses small wood plant pots and round wood balls to create the body and head for these elves. You'll also need metallic paint to give these elf kids a little sparkle. Felt, pom poms, lace and ribbon help dress them stylishly. Cute!
Christmas Elf Kids Craft by Fynes Designs

Transform an empty clear Christmas ornament into a singing elf! Sparkly pom poms are stuffed into the clear ornament to make the body of the elf. Craft foam creates the rest of the body. The face is created and a small piece of sheet music is attached. This ornament hangs on the tree with an attached ribbon. Sweet!
Singing Elf Christmas Ornament by Mom Unleashed

Younger kids will love tracing their foot on construction paper and cutting it out to create the elf's body. Hair, face and cap can also be cut from construction paper and attached with glue. Use paint pens to further decorate this paper craft.
Footprint Elf on the Shelf Craft by Fun Handprint Art

A small pine cone, a wood bead, pipe cleaners, felt and glue are all you need to make this cute little elf. Don't forget to draw a face on them with permanent markers in various colors.
Pine Cone Elves by Pine And Green Mama

Toilet paper rolls, construction paper, scissors and tape are all you need to craft a small elf, perfect for display on your mantel or for play time. Tip: don't tape the hat on because the kids might like to take it on and off and switch them out with the other toilet paper elves.
Santa's Elf Toilet Paper Roll Craft by Crafty Morning

These adorable curly elf boot ornaments are created from felt pieces that are glued together and then stuffed for dimension. Glue on a felt boot cuff for additional detail. A ribbon is attached for hanging. Use various felt colors and designs for festive decor.
Elf Boot Ornaments by The DIY Dreamer

Paint your elf's paper plate face, then make his ears, hat, collar and hair out of construction paper. Add a pom pom and a jingle bell, too! A pdf template pattern is provided for this tutorial.
Paper Plate Elf by Crafts By Amanda

Preschoolers will adore this simple craft which will leave them with a sweet elf hat to wear! All you need is green construction paper, a red ribbon and tape or glue. Super easy and super fun!
Elf Hat by Blessed Beyond Crazy

Create a little elf candy gift using mini flower pots that are painted and decorated with felt. The felt is cut out in the shape of elf ears and a hat and attached with hot glue. Fill with candy for a gift or just use the decorated pot as holiday decor. Creative!
Elf Craft Candy Pot by Crazy Little Projects

Here's a fun idea to take alphabet blocks and create hanging elf ornaments from them. Using blocks, felt and Styrofoam balls or wood beads, create the elf. You could also use them as mantel decor and have them spell out holiday words or phrases.
Alphabet Block Elf by That Artist Woman

Painted egg cartons, cut and separated, colored paper, a black sharpie, tape, and glue are all the kids need to create these sweet little elves! Have an assortment of colored paper so that no two elves are alike!
Egg Carton Elves by Crafty Morning

If your kids are into painting rocks, this makes a great holiday art activity. Rocks make a wonderful mini canvas for magical little elf shoes, elf hats, or an elf face with ears. Kids can help find smooth rocks, wash them, and then when dry, paint on them.
Elf Christmas Rock Painting Ideas

Preschoolers and toddlers will love assembling this elf. Made from popsicle sticks, construction paper, felt, pom poms and cotton balls, this craft makes a great Christmas ornament that the kids will love to hang!
Easy Popsicle Stick Elf Kids Craft by I Heart Arts N Crafts

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