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

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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

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

    Ergo - Blog

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

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

  8. 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!

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

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


  11. 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 :)

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

  13. 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!


  14. so adorable! You're so crafty!


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

  16. 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

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


  18. Great job with the Elf - very creative and talented!

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

  20. So cute! :) xxx


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



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