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Festive Elf Popsicle Stick Craft [With Template]

When you think of Christmas, so many wonderful things come to mind. From Santa to presents, to reindeer, and more!

But perhaps one of the most fun things are silly little elves! Everyone loves their cheerful nature so we’re bringing that to you with this festive elf popsicle stick craft.

It’s another Christmas craft that’s easy and is a fun way to spend some quality time with the kids.

We’re sharing all of our tips, tricks, and directions below, plus our free printable template.

Watch our quick video tutorial and make it with your preschool, kindergarten, and elementary-aged children!

Be sure to look at all of our elf crafts for kids for even more ideas.

Elf Christmas Craft

elf popsicle stick craft image collage with the words popsicle stick elf craft in the middle

Supplies

Directions

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

hands holding elf popsicle stick template

Take 4 popsicle sticks and place them side by side. Cut 2 popsicle sticks into thirds. Stretch a glue dot onto the back of each of the short popsicle sticks, then use them to attach the 4 popsicle sticks together. Repeat this for the top, middle, and bottom of the 4 popsicle sticks.

hands gluing popsicle stick together

Flip the 4 popsicle sticks over and paint about 2/3 of it in the skin colored paint. Paint the remaining 1/3 in a bright green paint. Let dry completely.

hands gluing popsicle sticks green

Assemble the elf’s hat by gluing the hat trim to the bottom of the hat. Take the red pom pom and glue it to the tip of the hat.

hands gluing elf hat trim onto popsicle stick hat
hands gluing pom pom onto popsicle stick hat

Glue the completed elf hat to the top of the elf’s head.

hands gluing hat onto popsicle stick craft

Place the eyes slightly below the hat and glue them in place. Use the black marker to draw on a smile just a bit below his eyes.

hands gluing eyes onto popsicle stick craft
hands drawing smile onto popsicle stick elf craft

Take the pink pom pom and glue it just between the eyes.

hands gluing pom pom nose onto popsicle stick elf craft

Glue the elf’s shirt trim where the skin colored paint and the green paint meet.

hands gluing elf shirt trim onto popsicle stick elf craft

Now your child has an adorable Christmas craft they can make into an ornament or give as a gift!

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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!

Christmas Ideas For Kids

Want to incorporate this elf craft into a Christmas themed unit? If so, we’ve got some great ideas for you! Choose one or two of the activities, or use them all in a festive Christmas study unit.

They’ll all fun, festive, and educational too!

Christmas Children’s Books

Reading Christmas books to your kids is so great for them because it’s a chance for you to spend time together over some warm, cozy, feel-good holiday stories. You can snuggle up together on the couch, with a steaming mug of hot chocolate in hand, and read a goo book.

The Christmas spirit will fill the room as you explore the characters’ adventures. And when you’re finished, you can reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. So go ahead and add some Christmas books to your reading list this year – your kids will love them (and so will you)!

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!

elf popsicle stick craft

Kids’ Christmas Craft Ideas

Of course, you know we love crafts! Not just for fun family bonding time, but also for working on scissor skills, following directions, and expressing creativity. Try adding in these popular ideas:

Elf On The Shelf Gingerbread Man Disguise – The Gingerbread Man is a classic Christmas story and one that kids love. But what if the Gingerbread Man didn’t want to be eaten? This easy craft will let them give him a disguise so he can hide from would-be eaters all season long!

Grinch Craftivity – One of the most memorable characters from Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas is the Grinch himself. This craftivity is perfect for kids who are fans of the Grinch story. They can make their own paper Grinch and then write about how they would cheer him up if they met him. This is a fun activity that also helps kids to think about the importance of kindness and empathy.

Christmas crafts for kids image collage

Handprint Reindeer Craft For Kids – One of the best things about the holidays is getting crafty with the kids. And what could be more festive than making a handprint craft? This cute little paper craft is not only easy for even the youngest kids to make, but it’s also an adorable keepsake that can be enjoyed for years to come. Plus, there’s no need for messy paint – all you need is some paper, glue, and scissors. So get crafting and enjoy some quality holiday time with the kiddos!

Santa Cone Craft – There’s nothing more fun than a festive craft that kids can color in with markers or crayons! We all know that Santa is the star of Christmas, so why not let your little ones create their own jolly old Saint Nick with this easy-to-follow tutorial?

Christmas Kids’ Activities

To begin, we love using these Christmas do a dot printables. They’re great for kids to work on fine motor skills, counting, the alphabet, and of course, have fun!

After some festive learning, try playing this Christmas matching game. It’s another simple activity that will sneak in some learning as well. It’s also the perfect way to teach kids how to take turns.

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These Christmas pattern block mats are a fun hands-on activity that will help preschoolers work on shape recognition and fine motor skills. Print them out, laminate them for repeated use, and you have a practically no-prep activity the kids will love!

If you’re looking for some holiday-themed worksheets for your little ones, these free printable Grinch worksheets are perfect. They’re great for practicing using scissors, handwriting, and letter G recognition.

No matter what activities you do, we’re sure the kids will love them!

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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!

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Elf Popsicle Stick Craft

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Drying Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This elf popsicle stick craft is a fun Christmas activity for the kids to do at home or at school!

Materials

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Permanent glue dots or hot glue
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Colored cardstock
  • Pink and red pom pom
  • Black marker
  • Elf craft stick template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link emailed to you)

Instructions

  1. Download the elf craft template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
  2. Take 4 popsicle sticks and place them side by side. Cut 2 popsicle sticks into thirds. Stretch a glue dot onto the back of each of the short popsicle sticks, then use them to attach the 4 popsicle sticks together. Repeat this for the top, middle, and bottom of the 4 popsicle sticks.
  3. Flip the 4 popsicle sticks over and paint about 2/3 of it in the skin colored paint. Paint the remaining 1/3 in a bright green paint. Let dry completely.
  4. Assemble the elf's hat by gluing the hat trim to the bottom of the hat. Take the red pom pom and glue it to the tip of the hat.
  5. Glue the completed elf hat to the top of the elf's head.
  6. Place the eyes slightly below the hat and glue in place. Use the black marker to draw on a smile just a bit below his eyes.
  7. Take the pink pom pom and glue it just between the eyes.
  8. Glue the elf's shirt trim where the skin colored paint and the green paint meet.

Did you make this craft?

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Free Elf Craft Template

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tammy miller

Sunday 11th of December 2022

very nice to do with children

Sam

Monday 12th of December 2022

Thanks!

Julie

Saturday 19th of November 2022

Super cute idea!!!

Sam

Saturday 19th of November 2022

Thanks! It is a fun one to make!

Ashley Cajigal

Monday 14th of November 2022

Could I please get the template for the elf. Thank you

Sam

Tuesday 15th of November 2022

Of course! All you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of the post and the link will be sent to you 🙂

Marleen

Wednesday 28th of September 2022

Mooi!

Sam

Wednesday 28th of September 2022

THank you!!

Priyanka

Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

Awesome idea.thank you

Sam T

Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

No problem!

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