Thursday, December 17, 2015

Making Your Elf Poseable

I am really amazed that the Elf on the Shelf people don't do this in the factory, but this year, I took a few minutes out of one evening and it has made a huge difference in our elf flexibility.

What did I do?  I wired my elf.

What you need:

  • Wire - I used 20 gauge
  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors
  • Red thread
  • Needle

What I wish I'd used:

  • a dab of glue gun glue on the ends of the wire
There are tons of posts on Pinterest on how to do this, but here is the readers digest of what I did.
  1. Make tiny snips in the back of the elfs armpits and at the top of the legs near the crotch.
  2. Cut the wire to match the full length of the limbs
  3. Carefully insert the wire into the slits and thread it through tot he end of the limb.  This is delicate work.  These Elves are made of felt and the wire can and will punch through if you are not careful.  I wish I had taken the time to heat up my glue gun and drop a dab of hot glue onto the ends of the wire because ours did poke through within a couple of weeks of posing.  In the off season, I'll be remedying this on ours.
  4. Once the wire is threaded - sew up the slits
Voila - poseable elf.   Sorry for the lack of photos.   I realized after the fact that I should have taken some but I forgot.  Maybe if I end up helping someone wire theirs - I'll shoot some.

For a simple craft that takes only minutes - this really took Libby to the next level this year.  It is so much easier to make her cooperate now that she can sit independently and have posed gestures.

If you really need pics and want to see other ways people have done this - here are some links I got off my pinterest.

Elf on the Shelf 2015 - More Ideas

I'm a little late posting the elf shenanigans this week...ah well.  Tis the season to be busy....

Every Elf mom needs a list of lazy or late ideas....

I have to admit - I'm a little surprised more people didn't get this one. Just me and a friend of mine who is a pinup model. We laughed our asses off...

Once an elf craft, always an elf craft...saving things you made in past years can make for fun reuse opportunities.

Raiding the recycle bin for elf crafts can be super fun...and all you need is some washi and a glue gun to pull this one off.
A photo posted by Cori Nicholls (@khourianya) on

Piggy bank robbery in progress...

The girls had a playdate the day Libby did this...and I heard a chorus of "Darn it. Why does our elf have to be a boy! He never does pretty things like this!"

Another easy one that looks harder than it is...just cover the front of a framed picture and voila!

I have to offer a word of warning to anyone who wants to attempt "Crying over melted snowman" Use a piece of acetate to put the glue on...I started with waxed paper thinking I could peel the dried glue off and as the glue dried, it crinkled the paper and ripped it. Ruined the melted snowman. So I ended up doing a 5am rescue on acetate and the glue was still wet when the girls saw it. But when it dried, it looked amazing...just like a puddle of water. Even better - make it in advance instead of fling by the seat of your pants like I did.

I knew we were going to have a tooth out before Christmas so this one was on the list - I just didn't know when it would be played...well, Buggie lost that tooth last night and voila...she felt special because the elf was in her room especially for something that happened to her. If you've got wiggly teeth in the house, it's a good one to keep in your pocket.

SO there is another week or so of creep-free elf ideas.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Elf on the Shelf 2015 - Week One

It's that time of year again and I'm still sharing our Elf adventures on Instagram everyday.  But if you aren't on there, here they all are in one easy place.  Just a few ideas to get you through the month.  Especially if you're pantsing it (ie: flying by the seat of your pants for those non-nano folk)

Stay tuned next week for another week's worth of non-creepy elf fun. Or follow me on Instagram to see the daily shenanigans.