Straightforward Elf on the Shelf Bookmark Craft

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This Elf on the Shelf Bookmark Craft is a fun way to celebrate the Christmas icon who tells Santa about everything you’re doing!

Santa and the elves are people who we expect around Christmas, as well as the gingerbread man and angels. However, there is someone who appears immediately after Thanksgiving and stays all the way till Christmas – the Elf on the Shelf!

It’s amazing how popular the Elf on the Shelf is today, considering it is fairly new – it started in 2005. While the idea of elves sent by Santa to watch over kids has been around for longer, it was a woman named Carol Aebersold and her daughters who created a concrete story about the Elf on the Shelf and published a book about it. Since then, this little guy pops up every year right after Thanksgiving!

The Elf on the Shelf doesn’t always sit on a shelf, so to speak – he can be found anywhere! It’s a joy for kids to wake up in the morning and look for the elf’s latest position. It could be behind the cereal container, next to their toothbrush, or even inside the refrigerator!

Well, we’ve got a new place to put the Elf on the Shelf – inside a book! Today’s craft is an elf on the shelf bookmarks project, which is super easy to make, and requires only colored craft paper. So if you haven’t had the chance to set up your elf on the shelf, you can go ahead and try our bookish version instead! Maybe this will encourage kids to read more because this guy sure is going to report to Santa about your reading habits!

This Elf on the Shelf Bookmarks Craft is a fun way to celebrate the Christmas icon who tells Santa about everything you're doing!

Supplies required:

  • Craft paper in multiple colors
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Sharpie

How to make the Elf on the Shelf Bookmarks:

1. Download and print the Elf on the Shelf Bookmarks template. The template includes parts of the elf, such as the body, hat, sleeves, collar, face, hair, cheeks, and hands. 

2. Trace and cut out all the template pieces on craft paper of the appropriate colors. Elves are often dressed in green, but the Elf on the Shelf is generally found in red, so that’s what we’ve gone with here! 

This Elf on the Shelf Bookmarks Craft is a fun way to celebrate the Christmas icon who tells Santa about everything you're doing!

3. Let’s start to put the elf’s face together. Stick the hairpiece on top of the head, and the cheeks on the bottom, on either side. 

This Elf on the Shelf Bookmarks Craft is a fun way to celebrate the Christmas icon who tells Santa about everything you're doing!

4. The elf must be cold, so stick the hat on the head and add a white stripe to resemble the fur border. Finish off the face by drawing eyes, mouth, and nose with a black marker or Sharpie. Make sure our Elf on the Shelf Bookmarks are smiley!

This Elf on the Shelf Bookmarks Craft is a fun way to celebrate the Christmas icon who tells Santa about everything you're doing!

5. Time to dress up the elf! Start by sticking the collar under the elf’s chin. Now apply some glue on top of the red rectangle and place the elf’s head on it, so that the collar overlaps the shirt. 

This Elf on the Shelf Bookmarks Craft is a fun way to celebrate the Christmas icon who tells Santa about everything you're doing!

6. Now stick the hands to the sleeves, applying the glue to the back of the sleeves. 

This Elf on the Shelf Bookmarks Craft is a fun way to celebrate the Christmas icon who tells Santa about everything you're doing!

7. We’re about to finish our Elf on the Shelf Bookmarks! Affix the sleeves to either side of the shirt, leaving the hands and bottom parts of the arms free. 

This Elf on the Shelf Bookmarks Craft is a fun way to celebrate the Christmas icon who tells Santa about everything you're doing!

8. That’s it – your Elf on the Shelf bookmarks are all set and ready to use! 

This Elf on the Shelf Bookmarks Craft is a fun way to celebrate the Christmas icon who tells Santa about everything you're doing!

The best part about this Elf on the Shelf Bookmarks craft is that you can change up the skin color as well as the hair color of the elves. You can also alter the facial features to represent any ethnicity – after all, the elf on the shelf is something found in every country; that’s how Santa gets all his information about who’s nice and who’s naughty!

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This Elf on the Shelf Bookmarks Craft is a fun way to celebrate the Christmas icon who tells Santa about everything you're doing!

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