I love the holidays and once November 1st hits, I consider it to be ‘Sparkle Season!’
The holiday season includes mischievous little elves.
We’ve all seen them, and elf decor is a great way to celebrate them.
Holidays are only as special as you make them.
For me, memories are made from stories told and holiday beliefs and traditions.
We have plenty of traditions, and beliefs in our home, and the elves have always been a part of the Christmas Magic in our home.
Elves have visited the house with jingle bells left for each child as they grew up.
In fact, elves used to make sure the kids were on the nice and not naughty list.
As time has passed in our home, elves have become an integral part of our holiday celebration.
To commemorate our love of elves and to create a little ‘extra’ decor, I created this easy DIY craft.
In general, this a super easy DIY elf holiday wall decor project.
Not to mention that it only takes about 10 minutes maximum to create from start to finish.
Super Easy DIY Elf Holiday Wall Decor
I over-ordered plush, elves from Oriental Trading.
These elves connected to one another with velcro.
In spite of always trying to use what I purchase, sometimes things fall through the cracks.
To put it another way, my own little elves helped me when the package came and stuffed it into a crate.
As I unpacked some holiday boxes, I discovered my ‘extra’ decor.
Therefore, I did not want to keep them stored so I created a new use.
Equally important, I am about to create something so similar to what I saw in a store at almost double the price tag!
Sometimes, finding things in a bin is the best inspiration, don’t you agree?
How Easy Is This Elf Wall Decor DIY?
Overall, this was one of the easiest projects for DIY I think I have done.
The funny thing is, I saw something so similar in a large retailer the other day.
However, the price was triple what I made this DIY for.
Certainly, I had to laugh, because this takes about 10 minutes, and some materials I already had around the house.
Markedly, even if you had to purchase the items, you would not spend that much.
Holiday decor starts out high then goes to that famed 90 % off sales.
Then, it is too late to use them, and by the following year, it’s shoved in a tote I will forget about.
DIY Elf Holiday Wall Decor, my ABOVE ALL Moment
To put it differently, this is one purchase I won’t be making.
It’s the huge ticketed price that is shameful.
Rather, I can make this fast for so much less.
Also, while I am committed to tradition and love elves, it may be a fleeting thought in my home soon.
I am a bit fickle with decor.
All that it means is that I am all about updating and keeping holiday decor fresh.
Over-spending makes zero sense.
Gifting Or Decorating with DIY Elf Holiday Wall Decor
What You Will Need to Make DIY Elf Holiday Wall Decor
- Poplar Wood Strips 1/4" x 2 1/2" of 21" (you may have to buy 2 pieces and glue or one longer one and cut.
- Burlap - 22" x 2 1/2" (cut to fit your wood strip, top to bottom.
- Glue Gun
- 3 Elves measuring no more than 9" x 2 1/2" wide
- Bow with Wire
- Hook for Hanging
- See above
- Before you start, lay this out and see where each elf belongs.
- You want to be certain to start with one elf Upside down with dangling feet, one elf right side up(middle elf), and the last upside down and fully on the wood.
- First, glue your burlap to the piece of wood.
ELF 1- Upside Down With Dangling Feet
- Next, turn one elf over and glue from the top of the hat and to its waist.
- This elf will be upside down.
- Glue this elf towards the top of the burlap, upside down allowing its feet to dangle just a bit. (1" or so).
ELF 2 - Right Side Up
- Next, turn the next elf on its back and glue it from the top of the hat, through the body, to the feet, but not the arms.
- Equally important is matching the elf up.
- At the same time, do make sure that the heads align as photo'd above.
- As a result, it will look like the image above, Elf 1 with Elf 2, head to head.
ELF 3 - Upside Down, Crossed Legs. No Dangle
- Turn over the last elf, glue him from feet to the hat, do not let him hang off of the board.
- Don't glue his arms.
- Glue him with his hat at the end of the board and then accent him by crossing his legs.
- Drill a hole in the back of the wood, to match your hook size.
- Add a bow.
- Place the top elves' foot inside the bow loops.
- Make Extras
It’s important to realize ahead of time that this will be a gift that more than one person will want.
To put it differently, plan that notion out ahead of time, and make enough to give. Be prepared.
Additionally, these are also great for nursing home gifting, as well as office spaces.
Couple all this with the fact that you can double the size or hang more than one in a row and you’ve got a very versatile project. ~ Dana XO