Elf on the Shelf Clothes Ideas

Make your own Elf on the Shelf Costume

Looking for Elf on the Shelf clothes ideas? You can make your own elf on the shelf costume for your Antique Elf on the Shelf Ornaments or your regular elf. Grab some paper, and let the kids design and create clothing for your elves. Enjoy!

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Elf on the Shelf Clothes Ideas

Elf on the Shelf Clothes Ideas
Elf on the Shelf Clothes Ideas. Make your own pattern!

Grab your Vintage Elf Christmas Ornaments or your modern elf, and trace their outline on white construction paper. Be generous and make the outline larger than the actual elf.

Elf clothing pattern from paper.
Elf clothing pattern from paper.

Cut out and trace your new elf clothe's pattern onto your favorite tissue paper, fabric, or construction paper.

Elf on the Shelf Clothes Pattern for Kids
Elf on the Shelf paper costume pattern.

Does your elf need a hat? Get a cardboard toilet roll tube and cut it down the middle. Wrap until it looks like a party hat and then trim off the bottom edge. Below, the hat still had toilet paper on it. We added stickers and a pom pom top with tacky glue.

Use your pattern to measure the neck and shoulder area for his collar. Fold a piece of paper in quarters. Draw a frill half pattern, cut out the corner fold, and when you open it, you have a clown collar!

We also added little strips of paper around his wrists for shirt cuffs, a plastic star for a rapper-style necklace, and pom pom embellishments.

Note: We cut his hands. They were connected, so he could hug a tree or hang on the tree. Be sure to get permission before cutting your heirloom elf's hands. They are collector's items.

Make your own Elf on the Shelf Costume
Make your own Elf on the Shelf Costume.

For our tiny vintage elf ornament, we opened his hands and wrapped him in a fancy bow that coordinates with his original hat.

Vintage Elf on the Shelf Ornament
Vintage Antique Elf on the Shelf Ornament with Ribbon Dress.

The last elf  is always wearing his red, pin-striped pajamas around the house. We drew a cape around his paper pattern on red tissue paper and then cut it out. After draping it over his shoulders, we measured his arms and poked holes through the paper. Then, we found an old Velcro bow from a baby shoe and gave him a bow tie. He is very happy!

Vintage Elf Decoration Antique Ornament
This is a Vintage Elf Decoration Antique Ornament in striped pajamas.

Get creative with scraps of fabric, doll clothes, and paper. You don't need to purchase expensive costumes. You might also like to make these hats or this chef hat for your elf.

Vintage Elf Christmas Tree Decoration
Sleeping peacefully in the Christmas Tree.


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