Worlds Smallest Elf on the Shelf

Made of wire, thread, glue, and paint, this is probably the worlds smallest Elf on the Shelf. Lori Johnson shared photos of her masterpiece with us and obviously we were delightfully impressed. Johnson said she enjoys creating miniatures and it has always been her hobby.

Her other creations include Groucho glasses and Kit Kat clocks. Aren’t they all amazing?

Elf Mates Remix!

Last year we were so excited to learn the Elf on the Shelf brand was introducing three new elves called Elf Mates.

There’s the Chef who’s costume is decorated in red and light blue. It’s said he is always “cooking up a dose of good cheer.”

Then there’s the Toy Maker who’s costume is adorned with green and khaki. He’s described as a “clever and crafty inventor”.

Finally, there’s the Cobbler. He’s dressed in yellow and green and has a knack for “working with shoes, clothing, and fabric”.

The Elf Mates are exclusively sold at Poundland in the UK. Living in the United States, we had to find a way to get our hands on them. Thankfully many people were selling them on eBay.

Our first impression of the Elf Mates wasn’t great. We adored their new faces and different hair colors, but we were not impressed with their flat boots and imprinted costumes. However, none of that mattered to us. We like to up-cycle vintage elves, so the Elf Mates were no different. We thought long and hard how to improve upon our Elf Mates. We wanted to keep their color scheme and their costumes to have some resemblance to their originals. We turned to our favorite elf custom maker, Yari at Yari’s Crafty Corner, to discuss our ideas. Yari took what was in our head and created our vision in felt costume. So what do you think of our Elf Mate Remix?

1…2…3…BLAST OFF!

꧁ 𝕯𝖊𝖈𝖊𝖒𝖇𝖊𝖗 ❷❹ ꧂
Today’s our last day,
It’s time for goodbyes.
But before we go,
It’s off to the skies.
Let’s go to the moon,
In our rocket ship.
Make some new friends,
Before our final trip.
For tonight we fly,
Back home we will go.
We’ll think of you daily,
While at the North Pole.

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Gingerbread Houses are Just Okay

Gingerbread houses are okay but Sparky and Sparkle prefer sausage, bacon, and waffles. This elf theme, created by Dawn Fauver, has my mouth watering! I agree with the elves on this one: sausage, bacon, and waffles really do make a better gingerbread house.

If you haven’t joined our Facebook group, Elf Academy, then you are missing out on the Christmas magic many creative parents and fans have to offer.

Elf on the Shelf Jurassic Park

Eric and Melissa Morrison welcome us all to their Elf Jurassic Park!

The husband and wife elf scene creators followed an instructional video filmed by Douglas Tonelli; however, the instructional video isn’t in English. Melissa said, “We didn’t have a translator. Eric did it by watching, and watching, and watching the video.” Tonelli provides a Google Drive document to download, but Melissa explained “It was so small, we enlarged his scale on the copier to 160%.” Talk about commitment to this project for their six year old son who is a fan of dinosaurs and Jurassic Park.

Below is a photo of their project in the light and without the foliage for an up close perspective of their creation.

If you haven’t joined our Facebook group, Elf Academy, then you are missing out on the Christmas magic many creative parents and fans have to offer.

Elf on the Shelf Stop Motion Animation

If you haven’t seen Eric Erickson’s Elf on the Shelf stop-motion animations, well than you are seriously missing out. They are true masterpieces. You can find him on Instagram @loadofscrap. I have so many favorites including his Gangnam Style, Adams Family, Take On Me, Clueless, Wizard of Oz, Brady Bunch, Thriller, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Beyoncé, Madonna… well… just too many to name. You must see them for yourself!

Here is his newest work of art, Home Alone:

Eric shared this below photo with our group, Elf Academy. Eric was up late hand making the wallpaper you see in the video above.

To fully understand and appreciate the time, patience, and creativity stop-motion animation takes, watch the end of this video:

If you haven’t joined our Facebook group, Elf Academy, then you are missing out on the Christmas magic many creative parents and fans have to offer.

Elf on the Shelf Nativity Scene

꧁ 𝕯𝖊𝖈𝖊𝖒𝖇𝖊𝖗 ❷❸ ꧂
The elves understand,
It’s easy to lose sight.
It’s not about presents,
Rather one special night.
The birth of Jesus Christ,
Brings rejoice to this day.
Spending time with the ones,
We love in every way.

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Story Time: Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf

꧁ 𝕯𝖊𝖈𝖊𝖒𝖇𝖊𝖗 ❷❷ ꧂
It’s the first day of Hanukkah,
Our Mensch takes the glory.
For the elves are excited,
He’s here with a story.
It’s a diverse holiday tale,
About a curious little elf,
That learns about Hanukkah,
Whom Santa named Shmelf.
Shmelf is a Jewish elf,
Who wears blue and white.
Enjoys latkes, the dreidel,
And the menorah’s bright lights.

PROPS USED:

  • Hanukkah elf pajamas and blue elf hats handmade by Yari of Yari’s Crafty Corner.
  • White bedroom set and Hanukkah bedding handmade by Sue and Ron Frank of Dolls Delight.
  • Hanukkah presents and banner handmade by Shannon Perry of The Dolly Cottage.
  • Regular size Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf book purchased on Amazon.com.
  • Mini Menorah set purchased at Amazon.com.
  • Mini dreidels purchased at A.C. Moore, but found the same brand on Amazon.com.
  • The Little Book of Hanukkah under the presents was purchased at Target, but can be purchased here on Amazon.com.
  • White chair purchased at Good Dolly By Golly.
  • Miniature gold coins purchased at mybayer2008.
  • Mini blue alarm clock was purchased A.C. Moore, but can also be purchased at Amazon.com.

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Come Join the Elf Academy!

If you haven’t already, come join our Facebook group – Elf Academy! We are a society of distinguished Christmas elf scholars and artists that aim to promote sharing and ideas. Currently we have 400 extremely creative members who share photos of their daily, miniature elf antics.

Photo courtesy of @shan_the_elf.

A photo of Shawn and his elf friend, Shan, busy at work.

“Little Red Ruthie” – A Retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood”

꧁ 𝕯𝖊𝖈𝖊𝖒𝖇𝖊𝖗 ❷❶ ꧂
The elves are excited,
Hanukkah will soon be here.
While we wait for tomorrow,
Please lend us your ear.
Let’s read Little Red Ruthie,
A Hanukkah Tale.
With a Big Bad Wolf,
And a girl who prevails.
This fairy tale is,
a little different you see,
It’s about Hanukkah,
And a wolf who eats latkes.

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