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Paper Plate Elf Craft For Kids

Does the thought of celebrating Christmas make you as excited as Buddy the Elf?

Maybe you make Christmas cookies for your neighbors, you go caroling with some friends or you just love watching your favorite Christmas movies at home on the couch!

However your family celebrates, there is so much joy to be had during the Christmas season.

And with all the extra time your kids have during Christmas break, why not gather as a family and have some holiday fun together!

Young kids of all ages will love making this paper plate Elf craft!

It’s simple, fun and cheap to make since it only uses a few common supplies like paper, tape, and glue.

Read on below or watch our step by step video tutorial to learn exactly how to make this simple Xmas craft!

Easy Elf Craft Idea

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Supplies

Directions

Download the paper plate elf template, print and cut out the pieces.

Paint two paper plates in the skin-colored paint and let dry completely.

hands painting paper plate peach

Glue the eyebrows towards the top of the center circle of the paper plate.

hands gluing eyebrows onto paper plate elf craft

Position the eyes below the eyebrows and glue in place. If you’re making a girl elf, use a black marker to draw on two eyelashes.

hands gluing eyes onto paper plate elf craft

hands drawing eyelashes onto paper plate elf craft

Place the pink nose in the middle of the paper plate and glue in place.

hands gluing nose onto paper plate elf craft

Assemble the elf’s mouth by gluing the top and bottom teeth on the mouth piece. Cut off and excess.

hands gluing mouth together for paper plate elf craft

Glue the completed mouth just below the nose.

hands gluing mouth onto paper plate elf craft

Trace the elf’s ear template onto the second paper plate you painted, then cut out the two ears. Tape the ears on either side of the paper plate, around eye level.

hands gluing ears onto paper plate elf craft

Make the elf’s hat by gluing the bottom red piece of the hat to the green triangle. Glue the yellow pom to the top of the elf’s hat.

hands gluing elf hat together for paper plate elf craft

If you’re making a boy elf, skip to number 11. If you’re making a girl elf, place the braids on each side of the paper plate, then flip over and tape the hair to the back of the paper plate.

hands taping girl elf hair onto paper plate elf

If you’re making a boy elf, glue the completed elf hat onto the boy’s hair. Place the completed hair/hat combo on the top of the paper plate, flip over and tape in place on the back of the paper plate.

Place the completed elf hat on top of the braid, flip over and tape in place.

back of paper plate elf craft

Flip the paper plate over then tape the red elf collar to the bottom of the paper plate.

hands taping elf collar to back of paper plate elf craft

We just love the way these paper plate boy and girl elves turned out! They’re just as cute as our paper plate reindeer craft!!

Elf Template Notes

Because the scale of the paper plates is quite large for a papercraft, this template is a little different.

Normally, we make one template with all the pieces separated by the colored paper to print it on, but this one does not have that.

Instead, you’ll need to print out all the pieces on white card stock first and then trace onto the colored paper.

boy and girl paper plate elf crafts

While this will mean more prep work if you are doing this craft with a group of children, the upside is you can make the elf’s hair customizable to the child!

You can change up the elf’s hair and eyebrow style to match the child or just choose whatever colored paper they like best!

Elf Paper Plate Craft Notes

If you’re wondering why we used tape to secure the hair and elf collar instead of a glue stick, let us explain.

The first time we made this craft we used a glue stick and it stuck for a little bit, but it didn’t last. After about 15 minutes, the pieces kept falling off, so we switched to the tape.

boy paper plate elf craft

Normally glue sticks work, but I think because of the weight of the paper and the fact that the paper plate has paint on it all interfered with the stickiness.

There’s a way around this if you’re looking for a less messy or faster craft. Instead of painting a paper plate, you can buy skin-colored paper plates or let the kids color the paper plate with crayons instead of paint.

Just be sure you use a 9″ paper plate because that is what the template is based on.

Both options will be less messy, although coloring may take just as long as painting.

girl paper plate elf craft

We also want to mention that you can use skin-colored paper for the elf’s ears if you don’t want to paint two paper plates.

Any way you make this, I’m sure your kids will enjoy making this fun Christmas craft!

Did you enjoy this craft? If so, you may also want to make this Santa paper plate craft to go along with it!

boy and girl paper plate crafts
boy paper plate elf craft

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Paper Plate Elf Craft For Kids

Paper Plate Elf Craft For Kids

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Drying Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Make this fun and easy paper plate elf craft with the kids this Christmas season!

Materials

  • Paper plate
  • Skin colored acrylic paint
  • Colored card stock (in yellow, green, red, brown, pink & black)
  • White card stock
  • Glue stick
  • Tape
  • Paper plate elf template

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush

Instructions

    1. Download the paper plate elf template, print and cut out the pieces.
    2. Paint two paper plates in the skin-colored paint and let dry completely.
    3. Glue the eyebrows towards the top of the center circle of the paper plate.
    4. Position the eyes below the eyebrows and glue in place. If you're making a girl elf, use a black marker to draw on two eyelashes.
    5. Place the pink nose in the middle of the paper plate and glue in place.
    6. Assemble the elf's mouth by gluing the top and bottom teeth on the mouth piece. Cut off and excess.
      Glue the completed mouth just below the nose.
    7. Trace the elf's ear template onto the second paper plate you painted, then cut out the two ears. Glue the ears on either side of the paper plate, around eye level.
    8. Make the elf's hat by gluing the bottom red piece of the hat to the green triangle. Glue the yellow pom to the top of the elf's hat.
    9. If you're making a boy elf, skip to number 11. If you're making a girl elf, place the braids on each side of the paper plate, then flip over and tape the hair to the back of the paper plate.
    10. If you're making a boy elf, glue the completed elf hat onto the boy's hair. Place the completed hair/hat combo on the top of the paper plate, flip over and tape in place on the back of the paper plate.
    11. Place the completed elf hat on top of the braid, flip over and tape in place.
    12. Flip the paper plate over then tape the red elf collar to the bottom of the paper plate.

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