Buddy the Elf Christmas Wreath DIY

Marcia Socas
by Marcia Socas
5 Materials
30 Minutes

Why not make your Christmas décor more fun and whimsical this year? We could all use it in 2020! This easy Elf Christmas Wreath tutorial can be made for under $15 and adds a whole new dimension of joy to your Christmas door.

If you enjoy themed wreaths and would like other ideas for the upcoming season, you may want to also check out this Football Themed Super Bowl Wreath perfect for January and the Feb 7th Big Game.

For a February 14th themed wreath, check out this Valentine's Day Wreath I made for my kids' doors. They loved it and felt very special and didn't want to take them down.

4 minute video tutorial

If you prefer, view this short (under 4 minute) video tutorial. It was created without sound so you can watch it anywhere.

Cut Mesh Strips

You'll take about 8-12 inches of mesh ribbon. It's just enough to curl over on itself twice. Cut and hold the curled mesh piece you just created.

Fold and Cut

You'll fold the mesh piece in half and cut the folded end, this way you'll start seeing the "curls" of Buddy's hair.

Wrap the Mesh

Wrap the mesh curls in the center. I used planters wire. It's thin and easy to use, and I had some laying around the craft room. Twist ties may work as well, if you have those laying around instead.

Secure your curl to the wire wreath form

Secure your newly made curl (really it looks like 4 curls) onto the wire form.

Here's what it looks like so far

Here you can see how the first set of curls look secured to the wire form. You'll repeat the above steps until you've gone approximately half way around the wire wreath form.

Complete the Elf hair

Here's a photo showing the completed Buddy the Elf hair. You'll notice that the hair goes around the form approximately half way.

Start forming the Elf shirt

Buddy the Elf wears a green Christmas outfit and so I used this green ribbon from the dollar store. The ribbon I used didn't have much form to it.

Fold the green ribbon

Since the ribbon I was using didn't have any form to it, I found that the best way to incorporate it into the wreath was to fold several pieces accordion style.

Attach the green ribbon to the wire wreath form

You can run your wire through the top of the folded green ribbon and secure this to the wreath form.

Keep going

This image shows you how it looks when the green ribbon is secured. You'll keep going until you fill the bottom half of the wreath.

Add a decorative collar

You can get creative here, depending on what ribbon you have handy. If you're going to stay true to form, the elf character has a white collar. But this was a bit boring to me, and I had this cute decorative Christmas wired ribbon, so I decided to use it as the collar.

Wrap the Collar

Take your collar ribbon and weave it through the form. Using wired ribbon makes this very easy and then you can fluff up the ribbon at the end to make it look nice and full.

Add Buddy's face to your wreath

This Christmas wreath really comes alive once you add the face to it. Here's how I did it. I downloaded a picture of Will Farrell as Buddy the Elf from the internet. I printed it out and glued it to a piece of cardboard. The I cut it out, removing all of the white space around the image. I placed pin holes (using a straight pin) at the top and on the two sides. Run your wire through these holes. You'll use this to secure the face to the wreath form.

Secure the face to the back of the wreath

Secure Buddy's face to the back of the wreath, again using your wire. I secured it at the top, and on the two sides.

Add a Christmas Hat.

Adding a Christmas hat gives this wreath the final touch it needs.

Give your Elf a Haircut.

Don't be afraid to trim up your elf's mesh hair. This way the face will be nice and visible.

Hang it on your door and enjoy!

Hang your DIY Christmas wreath on your door and enjoy the reactions of your family and visitors.

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  • Biz Biz on Dec 05, 2020

    Marvellous job. You have a great talent and I enjoyed every minute love your creativity

  • Karen Bosco Karen Bosco on Dec 03, 2021

    I simply enjoyed this project. In times like these every one needs to laugh. Wonderful project!