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Elf On The Shelf Paper Plate Craft [Free Template]

It is almost Christmas, and if you have a little one in the house it is time to get your Elf on the Shelf ready!

This elf on the shelf paper plate craft is a great way to get the kids excited about the return of their elf.

Whether this is the first time you’re bringing an elf into the home or it’s your family’s tradition, we know they’ll love this simple craft.

It’s a great opportunity to let the kids’ creativity take over, plus it also helps kids with scissor practice and following directions!

Download the free template and do this fun project as a family.

Also, be sure to check out all of our fun elf activities for kids for more holiday ideas!

Elf on the Shelf Craft

paper plate elf on the shelf craft image collage with the words paper plate elf on the shelf

Supplies

  • Paper plates
  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Tape (optional)
  • Markers
  • Elf template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you)

Directions

Download the elf template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.

hand holding elf on the shelf paper plate craft template

Begin by painting the paper plate into 1-2 thin coats of skin colored paint. Let it dry completely before moving on.

hand painting paper plate tan

Take the hair and glue it to the top of the paper plate.

hand gluing hair to elf on the shelf paper plate craft

Next, position the eyes in the middle of the head and glue them in place. Use a black marker to draw on the eyelashes and the eyebrows.

hand gluing eye to elf on the shelf paper plate craft
hand drawing eyelashes onto elf on the shelf craft

Place the nose in the middle of the face, just below the eyes, and glue it in place.

hand gluing nose to elf on the shelf paper plate craft

Glue the cheeks below the eyes on both sides of the face. If you’re making a girl elf, glue the lips below the nose. Take the black marker and draw a smile between the cheeks.

hand gluing cheek to elf on the shelf paper plate craft

Position the ears on both sides of the head, right near the bottom of the hair, and glue them in place.

hand gluing ear to elf on the shelf paper plate craft

Flip the paper plate craft over and tape the elf’s collar to the bottom of the paper plate. You can also use glue, but we find it’s much harder for it to stay in place with glue.

hand taping collar to elf on the shelf craft

Create the elf’s hat by gluing the white fluff to the bottom of the hat.

hand gluing hat fluff to elf on the shelf hat

Finish the craft by gluing the hat to the elf’s hair.

hands gluing hat onto paper plate elf on the shelf craft

Now your child has an elf on the shelf craft they’ll proudly display! We think kids will love this Christmas craft!

hand holding elf on the shelf craft

Christmas Unit For Kids

Keep the fun and learning going by creating a Christmas unit study around this paper plate elf on the shelf craft! Read on below for our favorite ideas.

We recommend beginning any new theme with books! Reading to your kids is a great way to help them develop a love of reading and improve their vocabulary.

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!

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Crafting is another activity we always encourage. Besides being fun, it can give kids the opportunity to refine their fine motor and scissors skills, learn to follow directions, and be a creative outlet. Below are some of favorite Christmas crafts:

Want a quick and easy Christmas activity that’s perfect for kids? These Christmas pattern block mats are the answer! This is an easy, no-prep activity. The mats can be used to help with fine motor skills or learning shapes in addition to being fun.

elf on the shelf craft

This free printable roll a reindeer game is a fun way to teach kids the importance of taking turns. It’s for preschoolers and kindergarten children this Christmas season! Just print, grab your pom-poms and dice, and you’re set!

These Christmas do a dot printables are perfect for young kids of all ages! They help kids work on fine motor skills, number recognition, and letter learning in the process.

It’s all about the Grinch this year! These free printable Grinch worksheets will help your kids recognize the letter G and give them some practice with their scissor skills. They’ll also get to work on handwriting, which they can do by tracing over uppercase and lowercase letters G.

Share With Us

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For a chance to have your child’s craft 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!

More Christmas Ideas For Kids

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Elf On The Shelf Paper Plate Craft

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Drying Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Get your kids in the festive spirit with this elf on the shelf paper plate craft. This is a quick and easy, fun project that will keep them busy!

Materials

  • Paper plates
  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Tape (optional)
  • Markers
  • Elf template

Instructions

  1. Download the elf template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
  2. Begin by painting the paper plate into 1-2 thin coats of skin colored paint. Let it dry completely before moving on.
  3. Take the hair and glue it to the top of the paper plate.
  4. Next, position the eyes in the middle of the head and glue them in place. Use a black marker to draw on the eyelashes and the eyebrows.
  5. Place the nose in the middle of the face, just below the eyes, and glue it in place.
  6. Glue the cheeks below the eyes on both sides of the face. If you're making a girl elf, glue the lips below the nose. Take the black marker and draw a smile between the cheeks.
  7. Position the ears on both sides of the head, right near the bottom of the hair, and glue them in place.
  8. Flip the paper plate craft over and tape the elf's collar to the bottom of the paper plate. You can also use glue, but we find it's much harder for it to stay in place with glue.
  9. Create the elf's hat by gluing the white fluff to the bottom of the hat.
  10. Finish the craft by gluing the hat to the elf's hair.

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Elf on the Shelf Face Template

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