20 Adorable Christmas Elf Craft Ideas, Activities & Treats

We have so many Elf ideas! We have Elf crafts, Elf sweets and oh so many Elf activities your kids will love. This list of our favorite Christmas elf craft ideas will keep kids of all ages busy and giggling the entire holiday season. Use these Christmas elf ideas at home or in the classroom.

Christmas elf crafts and elf food for kids - 4 elf crafts shown including elf puppet and two elf treats
Let’s make a Christmas elf craft!


My kids and I love crafting around the holidays and one thing we love making are elf crafts. We found a bunch of new things to make this year including some delicious Christmas elf treats!

Related: Easy Elf on the Shelf ideas & ideas for Elf on the Shelf

Elf on the shelf tradition move over! We have some Christmas elf crafts and treats that making a new spot in our traditions.

What is an Elf?

First, what is an elf? And why do we see Christmas elves everywhere through the holiday season?

Modern Christmas tradition holds that a horde of elves works throughout the year in Santa’s workshop at the North Pole making toys and helping him prepare for his whirlwind, worldwide sleigh ride to homes on Christmas Eve.


Awesome Elf Crafts for Kids

1. Elf Coloring Pages

Print these free elf hat coloring pages and let your kids color and design their own! Or if you are a fan of the moving elf, check out our free printable elf on the shelf coloring pages!

2. Make a Paper Plate Elf

paper plate Christmas elf craft from glued to my crafts with big googly eyes
Let’s make an elf from a paper plate!

Make your own elf from a paper plate! This little guy is so fun to make. via Glued To My Crafts

3. Make Your Own Elf Puzzle

printable elf craft - mix and match puzzles from Itsy Bitsy Fun
Let’s make our own elf puzzle!

Print these elf pieces for your kids to mix and match and glue together. via Itsy Bitsy Fun

4. Craft an Elf Puppet

Elf paper bag puppet craft from I heart crafty things - finished elf puppet shown
Let’s make an elf puppet!

Make an elf puppet from construction paper and a brown paper bag. Love this! What a funny little elf with his big eyes, such a cute idea. via I Heart Crafty Things

5. Create an Elf Hat Headband

make a tiny elf hat headband to wear during the holiday season from Club Chica Circle
Let’s make a tiny elf hat headband for the holidays!

Dress like an elf by making your own elf hat headband. You can also use the DIY eld hat as elf themed toppers for gifts too! We have seen people wear antlers and dress like a Christmas tree with headbands, but now it is time for the ELF to shine! via Chica Circle

6. Adorable Elf Ornament Craft

homemade pinecone elf craft Christmas ornaments hanging in a window from Memories on Clover Lane
Let’s make elf ornaments for our Christmas tree!

Use a pine cone to make an adorable elf ornament. This is one of the more fun ideas because your kids can customize these elves. via Memories on Clover Lane

7. Paper Plate Christmas Elves & Santa Craft

paper plate santa and his Christmas elf craft from Crafty Morning
Let’s make Santa & a Christmas elf out of paper plates!

These paper plate elves made with tissue paper are super cute! It is a simple, but fun craft your kids will love. This is such an easy elf to make. Perfect for the holiday season. via Crafty Morning

8. Popsicle Stick Elf Craft

popsicle stick ornaments including a popsicle stick elf craft for kids hanging on a Christmas tree

Make an elf popsicle stick ornaments from a craft stick! This is the perfect size to decorate your Christmas tree or to use as puppets. As you can see there are a lot of Christmas characters you can make to keep your Christmas elf from being lonely. Craft your elf a whole bunch of North Pole friends.

Easy Elf Crafts For Preschoolers

9. Craft Egg Carton Elves

egg carton elf crafts for preschoolers from crafty morning 2 shown with child holding them
Let’s make elves out of egg cartons!

Recycle an empty egg carton into an elf! These are adorable. You could hide these around different places on Christmas Eve! Elf antics are always fun.  I didn’t have a permanent marker, so I just used a dry erase marker. via Crafty Morning

10. Make a Paper Plate Elf

paper plate elf from Crafts by Amanda has a mischievous look on his face
This paper plate elf craft looks so mischievous!

This paper plate elf is really fun to make and is so adorable. via Crafts by Amanda

11. Make a Wearable Elf Hat

make and wear your own elf hat made from felt with the pattern from So Sew Easy
Let’s make elf hats to wear!

Creative elf hats? Yes! This will bring each family members much joy! I mean after you make a wearable elf hat of your own out of felt with this easy pattern, how could you not be jolly? via So Sew Easy

12. Christmas Elf Ornament Craft

Craft stick elf craft for kids from Happy Hooligans
Let’s make an elf with a cotton ball beard!

Use craft sticks to make an elf Christmas tree ornament! Make this a fun Christmas tradition! via Happy Hooligans

13. Make an Elf Treat Container

Store your goodies in  a festive elf treat container made from a baby food jar. via Chica Circle

Delicious Elf Treats 

Elf treats your kids will love!

14. Elf Donuts

Everyone on the nice list is getting some of these!  Make these tiny “elf donuts” out of cheerios with sprinkles and frosting! via Just A Pinch

15. Elf Hat Cupcakes

Make elf hat cupcakes with all your favorite candy! These are the cutest! via Betty Crocker

16. Free Printable Elf Candy Wrapper

Use these free printables to wrap a candy bar to look like an elf! What a fun gift and great way to spread fun elf festivities. via Maxabella Loves

17. Elf Breakfast Pastries

Make elf breakfast pastries your kids will love. So fun! Perfect for Christmas morning and one of the more easy ideas. via Hungry Happenings

18. Elf Cupcakes

These elf cupcakes look like he’s been struck by a snowball – so funny! What a great idea, and one of the more new ideas. I haven’t seen this type of cupcake before. via 365is Pins

19. Elf On The Shelf Sugar Cookies

Make these gorgeous Elf On The Shelf sugar cookies to welcome your elf! You’re gonna wanna fill your cookie jar up with these little elves. via Living Locurto

20. Tiny Edible Elf Hats

Try making these tiny edible elf hats made from Bugle chips! via Design Dazzle

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Which elf craft are you going to start with this holiday season?