This preschool elf craft is great for making at home or with an entire classroom full of preschoolers. If you have a daycare and are looking for a fun take home project that is totally personalized, this is the perfect Christmas craft. You can take pictures of the kids’ faces and print them out on the spot…or encourage them to draw their own faces. This is a great way to work on visual perceptual skills.
Of course, this is also a super fun Christmas craft to make with the family too. Make it a whole creative experience. You can even start by asking the question “Are elves real?” I bet this could lead to a super fun discussion and time of creativity. Add a popsicle stick handle to the finished product to form your Christmas elf craft into a Christmas puppet.
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SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- 3 Large popsicle sticks
- Elmer’s glue (or Glue Dots to save time)
- Paint (colors of your choice)
- Medium pompom
- Construction paper (to match the paint)
- Flesh-toned or pink construction paper
- Glue stick
- Small pompom (optional)
- Close up photo of self printed on cardstock (optional)
- Templates as needed (see below)
All of these supplies are part of the same master list of basic craft supplies that we use for every creative project here at “In the Bag Kids’ Crafts”. We stick to 27 inexpensive and versatile items that fit into one bag to make crafting with your kids so much easier. Once you fill your bag, you are set to go. Just pick a craft (choose from hundreds). You already have everything you need without an extra trip to the store, any major prep on your part (no cutting cardboard or putting together most of the craft before your kids are even involved) and no missing “ingredients” half way through. Give it a try!
Here are some other Christmas crafts we know you’ll love…
- Christmas Picture Frame Ornaments
- Snowy Christmas Scene
- Christmas Finger Puppets
- Oversized Newspaper Christmas Stockings
- Rocking Rudolph Paper Craft
Preschool Elf Craft Instructions
Step 1: Build the Base for Your Elf Photo Craft
- Create a triangle shape with your large popsicle sticks and secure each corner with some Elmer’s glue. *This will take some time to dry, and you may even want to do it the night before. While you’re at it, make several so that you have them in your craft bag for future activities or more elf hats.
- OR…use my new favorite product, Glue Dots, instead to connect the popsicle stick triangles. There is no wait time with this product like there is with Elmer’s glue.
Step 2: Paint Your Elf Popsicle Stick Craft
- Once the glue has dried, place your triangle popsicle stick frame on some newspaper to control the mess.
- Squeeze out some paint in the color of your choice.
- Pinch your pompom with a clothespin to create a “paint brush”
- Then paint the triangle frame and give it some time to dry while you move on to step 3.
Step 3 (Option A): Turn It Into an Elf Photo Craft
- Print a copy of your favorite close up picture onto some cardstock. The photo should be about 5 to 6 inches across the forehead.
- Then cut around the silhouette of the face, leaving off the ears (since we will be adding on some elf ears later).
Step 3 (Option B): Draw Yourself as an Elf
- If you don’t have access to a printer or don’t want to use an actual picture, dry a picture instead.
- Just draw a big oval (or use the printable below to make it a little easier) and then add the details of your face.
- Color the picture however you would like. Maybe you don’t even want to use your own face but would rather make your dog or cat as an elf. This is your project…make what you want 🙂
Step 4: Use the Christmas Elf Craft Template
- Below you will find some a template to use for the triangle that will fill in the center of your elf hat. *However, if you do not have a printer, you can also trace around the outside of your triangle frame and then just cut slightly inside of what you have traced.
- After you cut out the triangle, use your glue stick to add it to the back of your painted popsicle stick triangle frame.
Step 5: Turn It Into an Elf Yourself Craft
- Now that you have cut out or drawn your face, it’s time to glue it into place under the elf hat. Just connect it to the bottom of the popsicle stick triangle using the glue stick.
- And you can’t have a Christmas elf craft without the elf ears. To make it easier, there is a pdf that you can print as a template for the elf ears.
- Cut out the ears from some construction paper and glue them in place.
Step 6: Paint the Elf Hat
- Our final step is to decorate the elf hat.
- Pull out whatever paints you want, along with pompoms and q-tips for painting. Then just go to town.
- Add a pompom to the top of the elf hat for a little extra something.
*If you really don’t want to bother with more paint, just pull out markers, crayons and stickers to decorate the Christmas elf hats instead.
Now that you know how to make this super adorable and fun preschool elf craft, it’s time to really make it your own and put that imagination in full gear. There are not limits to the possibilities with this simple Christmas craft. If you want to, pull out everything in your kids’ craft bag and go for it. How about some washi tape? Or some beads? Maybe wrap a pipe cleaner around the hat? Just have fun with it!