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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 easy elf headband craft for kids so they can dress up as a cute Christmas elf!

Make it at home as 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.

How To Make An Elf Headband

Collage of elf headband craft images with the words free printable elf headband in the middle

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Supplies

Directions

Download the elf headband template, print and cut out the pieces.

Hands holding elf headband craft template

Start by placing any of the decorative accents to 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 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 and 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!

If your kids enjoyed this elf craft, they’ll love making this Buddy The Elf craft for kids.

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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.

diy elf headband

Another idea kids may like is to use Christmas themed stickers to decorate the hat.

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

Elf Headband Notes

Included in the free 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 red, green and white elf hat. All you need to do is print it out, cut the pieces and assemble with some staples or tape.

elf christmas headband

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.

Related: Reindeer Headband Craft For Kids

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

This template is great for classrooms or using for independent time for kids. The children can color in their headbands with crayons or markers, then assemble the hat like above.

christmas elf headband craft

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 hat one of a kind!

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

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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
  • Elf headband template

Tools

  • Scissors

Instructions

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

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