Meet Elfred. A DIY Elf on The Shelf!

By Dana Fox

I was having a bit of a dilemma the past couple of days. I had this randomly strong urge to get myself a classic Elf on the Shelf so that Dustin and I could start a wacky Christmas tradition. The problem was trying to find one for a decent price, within Canada (I wanted it asap!). I wasn’t about to dish out $40, so after losing an eBay auction for a bunch of little vintage elves, I decided to take matters into my own hands and create my own knee hugger elf. I give you…. Elfred!

This was probably the easiest doll to make… ever. The most time consuming part was the face. I wanted it to have the same body type as those old vintage ones, which really just means you make some tubes of arms and legs and attach them to a body. For the face, the only flesh coloured material I had was a t-shirt fabric… not my ideal choice, but it worked. I painted on the facial features and then outlined the eyes in black thread for definition.

I added snap buttons to his hands so that he could hold that “knee holder” position too. 

Overall, I’m happy with how he turned out. He is totally unique and we can now start him out on some Christmas adventures!  If you’ve been looking for your own Elf on the Shelf, I highly suggest trying your hand at making your own! It cost me zero dollars and only a short amount of time.

Do you follow this Elf on the Shelf tradition?


Need blog topic ideas? Check out 365 Blog Topic Ideas on Amazon!

Follow (CLICK TO FOLLOW ALONG AND STAY UPDATED)
Dana Fox
Dana Fox
blog
About me

I am a country loving Canadian with a mind that never sleeps. When I'm not running the Wonder Forest blog ship, you can find me creating artwork for phone cases and home decor, whilst managing the daily tasks of Dana Fox Creative. Visit me at the links below if you wanna be friends!

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

cottage-reno-art
My Cottage Reno: Beach Inspired Art
February 01, 2016
christmas-games
Fun Christmas Games and Traditions You Can Start This Year!
December 23, 2015
diy-xmas-pillows
DIY No Sew Holiday Pillows
December 02, 2015
DIY Natural Calming Face Mask
Calming & Clearing DIY Face Mask Recipe
October 19, 2015
strawberry-mask2
DIY Strawberry Face Mask
October 12, 2015
fireplaces
7 Awesome Ideas for an Unused Fireplace
September 14, 2015
SummerDIY
Best Of Summer DIYs
August 05, 2015
PaintWithMe
Paint With Me: Watercolour Lake Scene for Beginners
July 30, 2015
SummerDIY
Make a DIY Kimono From a Scarf
May 01, 2015
  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08820908415315702778 Kym

    This is SO CUTE! I am incredibly jealous of your craftiness! You need to sell these!!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/06269836207282975360 Catherine

    He's very cute & original. I love him!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05916607291943138271 Vegetarian Abroad

    This is adorable and such a great idea! He kinda looks like a Whoville elf, it might be because of the hat sticking straight up, but I love it! great job!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/14347031157703265500 Gina

    he is too cute!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/15414100004194633300 Jennakj

    Cutest thing ever!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16780450024723206903 Fatzee

    Ooooooo my my heights of cuteness….I can simply place a pic f tis elf on my disk and it will make me happy!
    Thumbs up to ur creative talent
    Fatzee.blogspot.com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05701539888649776172 Maria-Isabel @ Agape Love Designs

    very cute! Youre so talented Dana!!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12071477027784226840 Chloe Moon

    I don't have any type of elf on the shelf so this is adorable!! I may have to make one! =)

    Ergo – Blog

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00846230919732138338 Kendra

    This is actually the first time I've ever heard of this tradition. He's super cute though!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/13270683124723296786 Charlotte @ Midnight Caramel

    We don't have this tradition in France, but I absolutely LOVE your little elf! Really cute!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07808374477649152797 braids&lipstick

    I love the genius idea that you can make your own Elf and be creative with it! I hate that everyone has the exact same elf on the shelf doll. Love, love, love it!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/18192151418822811189 Adele

    Adore this idea. He's super cute!
    Would love you to check out my latest post :)
    Happy Wednesday Hun xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/02490045949910214914 Melissa

    Very cute, & one-of-a-kind!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00804978433393252639 Leanne Helmer

    This is amazing Dana, just as good (if not better) than the real thing! xx

    seeking–serendipity.blogspot.com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/03827372360954203739 Laura Hyatt

    Gosh, you blog is gorgeous! Wow, it really is great.
    Been reading through your blog, and I love it- such inspiration.
    Got yourself a new fan :)
    xx
    http://heroineinheels.blogspot.co.uk/

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/03471481153404366188 Ashlie

    I like your little elf. You should post a diy, step by step. I've been thinking of doing my own sock monkey.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07167475589041134144 oomph.

    Elfred looks great! i didn't want to pay full price either, so i waited for the 40% coupon that Borders used to send me. we started elf last year, but i'm getting a little more creative with him this year! have fun with elfred!

    [oomph.]

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00472551466972804052 Dalia

    so adorable! You're so crafty!

    cheshireillusions.blogspot.com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07332723101968261902 Rebecca Tan

    I absolutely love this little guy!! what a cutie! x

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07650587056374483559 his little lady

    I think this tradition is SO cute! I haven't jumped on board yet, probably when I have little kiddos running around, but I love it!!!
    xo TJ

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/13703171973896749762 Livia Anggraeni

    Great post! love your blog :) mind to check out my blog? maybe we can follow each other :)

    http://www.thebeautyyoffashion.blogspot.com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12165604223129249538 Michéle Lililotta

    ohhhhhh, den will ich auch!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04054714034699213529 Melissa Walker

    Great job with the Elf – very creative and talented!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/03148972559036739050 RetroSandie

    Very cute little elf and I love his face and expression!!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05232155737520099120 Jemma x
  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/13061052835388041869 cuppycake

    Did you make the toad stool? It's adorable <3

    creamteaandrosejam.blogspot.com