DIY Elf on the Shelf

4 Materials
$3
45 Minutes
Easy
Y’all i really wanted to do Elf on the Shelf with my little girl until I saw the price tag! Holy sticker shock! 😳 There was no way I was about to fork out $30 bucks for an elf. So I searched for ideas online and saw people sewing their own, I’m no seamstress but.... I figured in a pinch, I could at least do some minor sewing if needed but not a whole doll. So I went to the store in search of a doll that I could turn into an elf. I stumbled across a stocking that unbelievably had a whole elf attached to it and it was only $3!!! Score!!
Now she was attached with hot glue so I definitely had to do some minor sewing to patch a few places but nothing serious. I also knew that I wanted her to be bendable, so I brought out some wire that my husband had in tha garage and inserted it into her arms and legs.
Bell the Elf in all her glory.
this is the stocking it all started with. You can see that’s she a full elf doll. I cut around her and then pried the remaining stocking cloth off piece by piece. I did rip her clothes in a few spots but luckily once she was removed they were too big anyway, so I trimmed them up and that took care of the tears. I stitched them back together. It isn’t beautiful but it’ll hold he clothes together lol.
The wire I inserted through the seems of her arms and legs. Now she’s completely bendable.
I inserted the wire through the seams of her arms and legs. She’s now completely bendable.
As a finishing touch, I named her Bell as in Jingle Bells. I added her name to her skirt with rhinestone letters that are self adhesive.
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  • DesertRose DesertRose on Nov 14, 2017
    Darling and I love the idea of using the rhinestone letters.

  • Nadine Hartman Bourne Nadine Hartman Bourne on Nov 14, 2017
    Very cute. I personally think the customized elf dolls are better, something different from the masses. For anyone who will be trying this. If it truly was hot glue holding it, rubbing alcohol will help detach it even on fabric. a paint brush dipped in the alcohol and just saturate the fabric. it will come off after you work it in a bit.

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    • Nadine Hartman Bourne Nadine Hartman Bourne on Nov 15, 2017
      I was crocheting dolls that had safety eyes but they didn't feel secure enough to me so I put a glob of hot glue on the back only to realize the eyes were in the wrong place... Oops. out came the alcohol and my craft paint brushes and I worked the glue loose and alcohol dries fairly fast. It works Faster on hard objects but with a little patience it comes off on fabric.

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