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Free Printable Buddy The Elf Craft For Kids

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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!

Free Printable Buddy The Elf Craft

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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!

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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.

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Buddy the elf photo craft for kids
Two buddy the elf photo crafts 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

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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.

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