I think part of my obsession with this annual family tradition, is the fact that I can get creative with our little bugger, Josie. Over time, I have published a few really cheap Elf on the Shelf crafts along with step by step tutorials. You can make all of these for $5.00 or less. The printables are free!
This tutorial has a cute first day printable poem that goes with it, BUT if you are reading this and the first day is over, you can simply do the marshmallow snowman craft that goes with this tutorial. Your elf can show up one day with this sweet treat for the kids. Another option is to have the elf bring the supplies and the kids can make them themselves for a fun activity.
This craft costs about $2.00! I made this for our elf to pass notes and small treats back and forth from the North Pole. You can use it several times until Christmas day, stuffing it with special messages or small toys, or candy for your kids.
One day my daughter asked why our elf Josie didn’t have any shoes, so the next day she showed up with these fancy boots! These boots may look fancy but they cost me less than a dollar and took only 15 minutes to make.
Let’s face it; our kids aren’t angles EVERY day. Every once in a while we come across tantrums, melt downs, or bad behavior. You can print out this free printable poem from Santa for your elf to deliver the day after said melt down.
This was one of the first crafts I have ever made for the elf. It cost me $1.00. I had Josie show up one day with this new skirt. I had the scrap pieces of felt out and scissors next to her so it looked like she made it herself.
Over the years our elf has gotten sick, has taken a nap in a Barbie bed, and has gone camping. This year I thought it was time for a sleeping bag. This is another inexpensive craft that costs about $2.00.
Our elf has been found MANY times in the kitchen. This year I made her a cooking apron to go along with her antics. This is another super quick and easy no sew craft that costs about $5.00 with supplies left over.
I made this little scarf out of felt scraps. After all, it’s cold at the North Pole! You can make it too in about 3 minutes and for less than $1.00.
This one didn’t cost me anything either, because I used Christmas ribbon I already had, BUT if you don’t have any, the dollar ribbon bins at your local craft store are perfect for this. Pick 3 or 4 of your favorites, grab a pair of scissors and make this skirt for less than $5.00 with extra ribbon left over for other things.
Here is a video of some of my ideas. Enjoy!