There is a new elf in the house! I have been quite smitten by all the Elf on the Shelf photos floating around the internet. I could not bring myself to drop 30 bucks on buying the little guy, though. I kept flirting with that buy button, but ultimately decided I could make an elf that would work just fine, which I did, for less than a dollar.
Here is Twinkle, our sweet elf, feeling chummy and a bit sentimental towards her old body. This little doll was the base for a crochet project that I found at Salvation Army for 99 cents. I simply popped off her head, and sewed a very basic body for her with supplies I had already on hand. The “unique” decorative trim on her hat is covering some cuts in the felt. I wanted to finish her late last night, so pieced together some tiny scraps to get her complete.
I made a few upgrades that the original Elf on the Shelf doesn’t have like polka-dot mitten hands, vintage skirt with ric rac trim, and bendy wire arms and legs. She is a little top-heavy, so needs to lean on something to sit well, but other than that she is great. She suits our all-girl team pretty well, too.
I don’t have much of a tutorial to share, since I whipped her together, not knowing what I was doing half the time. Her head is attached to the hat and felt collar with hot glue, and although I added a wooden skewer inside her torso and head to secure, I’m not sure that was necessary.
My girls are smitten with Twinkle, and we are all looking forward to her future escapades. You can follow along here.