Meet Elfred. A DIY Elf on The Shelf!

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?

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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!


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  • Kym

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

  • Catherine

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

  • 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!

  • Gina

    he is too cute!

  • Jennakj

    Cutest thing ever!

  • 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

  • Maria-Isabel @ Agape Love Designs

    very cute! Youre so talented Dana!!

  • Chloe Moon

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

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  • Kendra

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

  • Charlotte @ Midnight Caramel

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

  • 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!

  • Adele

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

  • Melissa

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

  • Leanne Helmer

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


  • 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 :)

  • Ashlie

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

  • 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!


  • Dalia

    so adorable! You're so crafty!

  • Rebecca Tan

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

  • 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

  • Livia Anggraeni

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

  • Michéle Lililotta

    ohhhhhh, den will ich auch!

  • Melissa Walker

    Great job with the Elf – very creative and talented!

  • RetroSandie

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

  • Jemma x
  • cuppycake

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