Elf on the Shelf may seem like a trend from years past, but it’s actually true there are numerous ways to freshen up this holiday home essential. All you need is a little inspiration! At our house, we recently introduced Elf on the Shelf, and I can’t help but want to craft him up an assortment of accessories.
For instance, if you know how to sew, you can make your elf a skirt or a sports jersey. (You can even draw inspiration from your favorite team!) Or, if you’re hitting the road, why not bring the elf with you? Kids can get crafty by filling out activity pages and coloring books inspired by Santa’s favorite helper, to boot.
I’ve found that incorporating projects related to the Elf on the Shelf has made the kids even more excited to see where he ends up on each new day. I guess you can say he’s quickly become party of the family. And with these 20 ideas, your elf is sure to become part of yours, too!
20 Elf on the Shelf Crafts & Inspiration 1 of 21
Click through for 20 Elf on the Shelf crafts that are sure to revamp your elf — and get your family in the holiday spirit!
Mustache Elf 2 of 21
It's the end of Movember but why stop with the mustaches there? Make your elf his very own mustache on a stick.
Learn more at Crystal and Comp
Math Studying with Elf 3 of 21
Make your very own math studying game inspired by Elf on the Shelf. It's the perfect activity for when the kids are on holiday break.
Learn more at Chaos Meets Creativity
Elf Bow Tie 4 of 21
DIY Elf 5 of 21
Make your very own Elf on the Shelf from scratch. This way, you can customize Santa's little helper — and your family's elf will undoubtedly be one of a kind!
Check out the tutorial at The Wonder Forest
Crochet your Elf 6 of 21
In the mood to take up crocheting or already a pro at this wintertime-perfect activity? Try this pattern to make your own soft and cozy Elf on the Shelf for a twist on the classic project.
Learn more at Craft Drawer
Mini Paper Chain and Wreath 7 of 21
Give your little Elf on the Shelf his own decorations by making a paper chain and mini wreath. He deserves a little holiday adornment, too!
Get the tutorial and printable template at Cricut
Reindeer Rides 8 of 21
Send your little elf on reindeer rides in this winter wonderland scene. Santa should't be the only one who gets to hang with the reindeer, after all!
Get the tutorial and template at Cricut
Hiding in the Flowers Elf 9 of 21
Hide your little elf in flowers (or make this cool template)! No one will suspect where he's hiding this time!
Get tutorial and template at Cricut
Innapropriate Elf on the Shelf 10 of 21
Take your elf in a completely new direction with these inspiring ideas of inappropriate elf on the shelf. Use your elf on the shelf to reenact an old movie, like Psycho.
Learn more about Innapropriate Elf on the Shelf at Baby Rabies
Elf on the Shelf Fabric 11 of 21
Sew something up with adorable Elf on the Shelf fabrics. For those people who like this trend but don't want an actual Elf on the Shelf in their home, this is a great way to incorporate the little guy in your home decor!
Buy this fabric for $6.44 at Fabric.com
Elf Cookie Cutters 12 of 21
'Tis the season for baking, so why not feature your elf as part of your holiday cookie spread? These cookie cutters would make the perfect addition to a hostess gift package!
Buy them for $8 at Creative Cookie Cutter
Elf on the Shelf Skirt 13 of 21
Buy or make an Elf on the Shelf skirt for your little girl elf. It's sparkly and totally festive — she'll be in holiday style, in the truest of forms!
Buy it for $6.99 at Amazon
Game Day Elf 14 of 21
Get your elf ready for game day with this cute jersey, or be inspired to make one of your favorite team. This would make the perfect gift for your little guy or gal who likes sports and wants to spruce up your family's Elf on the Shelf!
Buy it for $6.99 at Amazon.
Activity Book 15 of 21
Get the whole family in on the fun with songs, coloring, paper crafts, and more, inspired by Elf on the Shelf.
Buy the Activity book for $11.95 at Amazon
Floor Puzzle 16 of 21
Bring the family together to make a fun Elf on the Shelf floor puzzle you can put together year after year. It's the perfect holiday family activity!
Buy it for $6.07 at Amazon
Coloring Book 17 of 21
Decorate an elf however you'd like with this coloring book. Nudge nudge, wink wink, Santa — this would make a great stocking stuffer for any little guy or gal!
Buy it for $6.99 at Amazon
Knitted Accessories 18 of 21
Knit your elf a skirt, scarf, and bow, or make them yourself. With this attire, your elf will be en vogue and catching eyes!
Buy it for $8 at The Crafty Mama Fox
Elf Ninja Costume 19 of 21
Give your elf a covert costume by sewing it out of felt or buying this ninja one. The Elf on the Shelf is sly and sneaky like a ninja, so I'd say the outfit is fitting!
Buy it for $5 at Single Mom Marketplace
Photo Props 20 of 21
Create stories you can photograph with these printable photo props that are PERFECT for your Elf on the Shelf! No one will ever guess he's hiding in a photo frame around your house!
Buy it for $5 at Centerpiece Photo
Elf Meets Duck Dynasty 21 of 21
This idea is perfect for those Duck Dynasty fans out there! Just put a beard on your little Elf on the Shelf, and voila! He's a member of the crew.
Buy it for $3 at OMJCouture
Jacinda Boneau is a fabric designer and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.