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Free Printable Buddy The Elf Craft For Kids

We’re convinced one of the best Christmas movies of all time is Elf! Will Ferrel is the perfect Christmas elf!

Ever since it was released, we’ve made it a tradition to watch it every year as a family.

Now that our kids are older they’re loving the movie just as much too, so we decided to make this free printable elf craft for kids!

They’re a great Christmas craft for kids to do at home plus they come with a free template so it’s super easy to recreate.

Read on below or watch our step by step video tutorial to see how simple these are to make!

Also, be sure to check out all of our elf crafts for kids for even more ideas.

Free Printable Buddy The Elf Craft

buddy the elf photo craft image collage with the words buddy the elf photo craft

Related: Elf Paper Bag Craft For Kids

Elf Christmas Craft Supplies

  • Heavy, white cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Brads
  • Glue (this one is best for heavy cardstock)
  • Small hole punch (like this 1/8″ one)
  • Photo of your child’s face (about 2″)
  • Laminator (optional)
  • Laminating sheets (optional)

Directions

Download the Elf craft printable and print out on heavy, white card stock.

Hands holding buddy the elf puppet craft template

Cut out all the pieces of the elf and your child’s face. Glue the elf hat on top of your child’s head.

Hands gluing Buddy the elf hat to kids photo

Put a little glue on the top of the white collar and glue your child’s photo on top of the collar.

Hands gluing Buddy the elf collar to kids photo

Using the small hole punch, punch out all the white circles on the elf printable.

Hands punch holes from Buddy the elf photo craft

Place the arms behind the body, then insert the brads and attach both arms.

Hands pushing brad through buddy the elf body template

Place the legs behind the body, then insert the brads and attach both legs.

Put some glue on the top of the elf’s body (where the neck would attach) and slide the white collar underneath the arm brads.

Position the back of the elf coat (the black piece) behind the green coat and glue only the top 1/2″ of it to the elf body.Hands gluing black paper to back of buddy the elf craft

Using scissors, cut the excess black off the sides of the elf coat.

Like this craft? You’ll also love making this elf paper bag puppet craft or this paper plate elf craft!

Buddy the elf photo craft for kids

That’s it!

Now let your kids have fun playing with themselves as an elf. It’s just like the Elf Yourself app but in real life!

If you want this elf craft to last longer, you can always laminate the printable elf sheet before you cut out all the pieces.

Just make sure you have a sharp hole punch that will punch through the paper and the lamination.

Buddy the elf photo craft for kids

My kids got such a kick out of seeing themselves as Buddy the Elf and I’m sure yours will too!

Don’t forget to download the free elf template by entering your email in the form at the bottom of this post.

Two buddy the elf photo crafts for kids

Christmas Unit For Kids

Create a week-long Christmas unit study to keep all the festivities and learning going! Below are some of our favorite ideas to get you started.

We always think starting a new unit with books is the best! Reading aloud to your child can help them with comprehension, improve vocabulary, and develop a love of reading.

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!

Two buddy the elf photo crafts for kids

One activity we love around here is crafting! It’s not only tons of fun, but it’s also helpful for children’s development. Add in some more fun Christmas crafts with these top ideas:

One of the most fun activities for kids is using dot markers. They are not only fun for kids to use but they offer a great workout for their little hands! These Christmas do a dot printables will keep your young ones busy all season long!

2 buddy the elf kids photo crafts

A Christmas play dough kit is the perfect way to keep your little ones busy during these cold winter months! This Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer playdough kit is loaded with fun and festive toys and sparkly playdough to help your kids with hands-on sensory play!

Santa is coming and we have these free printable Santa worksheets to help your little ones learn the letter S. We’ve also included some fun printables that’ll help them with handwriting, scissor skills, and more! This one’s perfect for preschoolers or kindergartners. No prep needed- just download it now!

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Did you make this elf craft with your children or students? If so, we’d love to see how they turned out!!!

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More Christmas Ideas For Kids

Two buddy the elf photo crafts for kids

Elf Photo Craft For Kids

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Make this simple and fun photo elf craft for kids this Christmas!

Materials

  • Heavy, white cardstock
  • Brads
  • Glue
  • Photo of your child's face (about 2")
  • Laminating sheets (optional)

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Small hole punch
  • Laminator (optional)

Instructions

    1. Download the Elf craft printable and print out on heavy, white card stock.
    2. Cut out all the pieces of the elf and your child's face.
    3. Glue the elf hat on top of your child's head.
    4. Put a little glue on the top of the white collar and glue your child's photo on top of the collar.
    5. Using the small hole punch, punch out all the white circles on the elf printable.
    6. Place the arms behind the body, then insert the brads and attach both arms.
    7. Place the legs behind the body, then insert the brads and attach both legs.
    8. Put some glue on the top of the elf's body (where the neck would attach) and slide the white collar underneath the arm brads.
    9. Position the back of the elf coat (the black piece) behind the green coat and glue only the top 1/2" of it to the elf body.
    10. Using scissors, cut the excess black off the sides of the elf coat.

Elf Template Printable

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Ashley

Tuesday 8th of June 2021

printable please

Sam

Tuesday 8th of June 2021

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.

Cindy

Friday 5th of March 2021

thanks for the great template

Sam T

Saturday 6th of March 2021

You're welcome!

Tina.Chen

Monday 1st of February 2021

Please send the link

Sam T

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

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 ?

Vicky

Monday 28th of December 2020

Please send the link

Sam T

Tuesday 29th of December 2020

All you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of this post and the link will be sent to you ?

Vicky

Monday 28th of December 2020

Thank you

Sam T

Tuesday 29th of December 2020

Of course!

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