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DIY Elf Headband Craft For Kids [Free Template]

Can we all agree that Christmas elves sometimes don’t get the love and attention they deserve?

They are the ones who actually make the gifts after all. But, most of the credit goes to Santa.

Not today!

Today we’re showing you how to make this diy elf headband craft for kids so they can dress up as a cute Christmas elves!

Make it at home as a family, in the classroom, or at daycare. It’s a fun headband craft for kids!

No matter where you make it or how you customize it, this elf hat craft is super fun for the holiday season!

Read or watch our step-by-step video tutorial to see exactly how to make this easy Xmas craft. Also, check out all of our elf activities for kids for more ideas.

How To Make An Elf Headband

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Supplies

Directions

Download the free printable elf hat template, print, and cut out the pieces.

Hands holding elf headband craft template

Start by placing any of the decorative accents on the elf hat. In our example, we used contrasting strips of paper. Glue into place.

Hands gluing stripes onto elf headband craft

Place the elf hat trim on top of the main hat piece and glue in place.

Hands gluing elf hat bottom onto headband craft

Glue the little bell or hat fluff to the end of the elf’s hat.

Hands gluing bell onto elf headband craft

Take the completed elf hat and secure onto the headband extender pieces (we used tape for this part).

Hands taping headband extenders onto elf headband craft

Add as many extenders as necessary to fit your child’s head.

Hands taping headband extenders onto elf headband craft

That’s all you need to do to make this festive elf hat for the holidays!

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Looking for some more fun Christmas activities to keep the kids busy? We’ve got you covered with this Christmas printables bundle! There are color by numbers, pattern block mats, do a dot printables, letters from Santa and so much more. No more hours of screen time – these activities will keep them engaged and happy!

Customizing Your Elf Hat

We showed you one simple way to make this paper elf headband, but the possibilities are limitless! For the most Christmasy feel, we’d suggest sticking to red, green, and white, but if that doesn’t matter to you, choose your favorite colors!

Besides making stripes, you can also use a circle punch to create dots all over the hat or find a cool star punch to decorate it. Another idea kids may like is to use Christmas themed stickers to decorate their elf headbands. 

When you’re done assembling the hat, you could also write the child’s name on the trim piece to make it extra special!

This Christmas elf craft would be super cute for a class photo or for all the kids to wear at the classroom Christmas party!

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Elf Headband Notes

Included in the free elf hat printable (the download form is at the end of this page) are three different templates, each with a slightly different purpose.

Version one of the template is the full-color elf headband. This one is the classic green, white, and red paper elf hat. All you need to do is print it out, cut the pieces, and assemble it with some staples or tape.

This version is best for one or two kids who want an elf headband but who either aren’t able to make the craft by themselves or who don’t want to.

Since it’s in full color it will take a bit of ink to print, so this option may be best for printing at a local print shop.

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The second version of the template is the exact same as the full-color option, but it’s a black and white version.

This elf template is great for classrooms or using for independent time for kids. Have your kids color in their black and white elf hat with crayons or markers, then assemble the hat like above. 

Finally, we’ve included all the craft template pieces for the kids to make an elf hat from scratch, like our example above. This option is best suited for kids who like crafting and want to make their hats one of a kind!

Whichever option you use, we’re certain kids are gonna love their elf headband!

More Christmas Festivities

Want to keep going with the fun and learning? If so, read on below for our favorite ideas.

First, we love books. Not only do kids love it when parents (or teachers) read to them, but it’s also so great for their development.

Below are some of the top Christmas books to read to your kids!

Dasher: This wonderfully illustrated Christmas book for kids gives you the back story on one of Santa’s favorite reindeer, Dasher! Girls will especially love to read this since Dasher is a girl.

Construction Site On Christmas Night: Fans of the fun characters of the construction site books have to add this Christmas-themed story to their collection. See how the trucks get ready for Christmas!

How To Catch An Elf: Kids everywhere love the silliness of this Christmas story. The rhymes and the illustrations will draw the kids in as well. This is a Christmas book kids will want to read every year!

christmas elf headband craft

Kids’ Christmas Crafts

Let’s not forget about fun crafts! They’re so entertaining and can help kids with following directions, expressing creativity, focusing, and more. Here are some of our favorite Christmas crafts for your little elves:

Paper Plate Santa Craft – This Christmas craft is perfect for kids! Not only is it easy and fun to make, but it also has a number of benefits. First, it helps to develop fine motor skills. Additionally, this activity is a great way to learn to identify those Christmas colors. Finally, this project is also a great opportunity to talk about shapes. So have fun and enjoy all the benefits that this paper plate Santa craft has to offer!

Reindeer Tissue Paper Craft – This tissue paper craft is a great way to get into the holiday spirit! When your kids finish creating this adorable reindeer, they will have a crafting project that they can be proud of – not to mention a new friend to help spread holiday cheer!

Christmas kids' craft image collage

Handprint Manger Craft – Kids will have a blast making this handprint manger craft from paper! The best part is that it doesn’t require any messy paint – perfect for those who are less than enthusiastic about getting their hands dirty. Simply print out the template, cut out the pieces, and glue them together. The finished product is a cute little manger scene that is perfect for reminding kids of the true meaning of Christmas.

Grinch Craftivity – This Grinch craftivity is perfect for getting kids into the holiday spirit! It combines crafting a fun and festive Grinch papercraft with a writing prompt that encourages kids to think about what they could do to help the Grinch become happier. The end result is a cute and unique keepsake that can be enjoyed for years to come.

Christmas Kids’ Activities

Looking for a fun, festive way to help your little ones learn this Christmas? These gingerbread man color by number printables are perfect! Not only are they great for fine motor skills and counting practice, but they also help with number recognition. Plus, they’re just so darn cute! So print out a few copies and let your kiddos have some holiday fun while getting a little educational boost too.

The Christmas pattern block mats are a great way to teach kids about shapes and patterns this holiday season. They’re colorful, fun, and best of all they’ll help your little ones develop their fine motor skills as well!

Santa activity worksheets for kids collage

These fun gingerbread man worksheets are a great way to practice cutting, handwriting, and letter recognition with kids this Christmas. Get your free printable and use it this holiday season!

It’s time to get your kids in the Christmas spirit with these free printable Santa coloring pages. They’re perfect for a rainy day activity or anytime you need something fun and easy for them to do.

Share With Us

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For a chance to have your child’s project featured, simply snap a picture of the completed project and post it to our Facebook page, email it to us directly by clicking here, or use #simpleeverydaymom on your social media!

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Elf Headband Craft For Kids

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Turn your kids into cute little Christmas elves with this easy elf headband craft!

Materials

  • Colored card stock (in red, white, green and yellow)
  • Glue stick
  • Tape or stapler
  • Scissors
  • Elf headband template

Tools

Instructions

    1. Download the elf headband template, print it, and cut out the pieces.
    2. Start by placing any of the decorative accents on the elf hat. In our example, we used contrasting strips of paper. Glue into place. Hands gluing stripes onto elf headband craft
    3. Place the elf hat trim on top of the main hat piece and glue it in place.
    4. Glue the bell or hat fluff to the end of the elf's hat. Hands gluing bell onto elf headband craft
    5. Take the completed elf hat and secure it onto the headband extender pieces (we used tape for this part).
    6. Add as many extenders as necessary to fit your child's head. Hands taping headband extenders onto elf headband craft

Did you make this craft?

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Danielle Hiner

Friday 15th of December 2023

Can’t wait to use this for our Xmas school party next week!

Sam

Friday 15th of December 2023

Yay! Have fun!

Minerva Mina

Friday 15th of December 2023

Thanks for sharing. I would love to have the link sent to my email please.

Sam

Friday 15th of December 2023

Of course! All you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you. Once you've been confirmed as an email subscriber (by clicking the link in the first email), you simply enter your email in any of the forms and it'll automatically redirect you to the download page.

Fernanda Elisa

Wednesday 13th of December 2023

Thanks for sharing this template :D

Sam

Wednesday 13th of December 2023

Of course!

Katie

Wednesday 13th of December 2023

We would love a headband for our Chrsitmas play!

Sam

Wednesday 13th of December 2023

Of course! Since you’re already an email subscriber, all you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of any post and it’ll automatically redirect you to the download page ◡̈

Ana

Monday 11th of December 2023

I would love the template ☺️

Sam

Tuesday 12th of December 2023

Since you’re already an email subscriber, all you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of any post and it’ll automatically redirect you to the download page ◡̈

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