Making Christmas ornaments is a lot of fun especially when shared with children. This quick simple ornament uses easy to find materials and can be done by young children once the materials are prepared by an adult. Pretty hanging on the Christmas tree, this adorable elf is also a nice adornment for a present. They are so quick and inexpensive you can make several to use for children, grandchildren or friends.
Small amount of chartreuse green felt (about 6” x 4”)
Scrap of red felt
Sweet gum ball, wooden bead or similar round object
Pipe cleaner (1” square)
12” thin green ribbon
White tracing paper
Scissors (craft for paper cutting, fabric or felt cutting)
Needle and green thread to match green felt (optional)
Drill( if sour gum ball used for head)
1. If a gum ball is used for the head, drill a hole entirely through the ball.
2. Trace the two body parts and hat from the picture of the materials and cut from green felt. Cut two “berries’ of red felt, small enough to fit on one of the leaves forming the body.
3. Insert the pipe cleaner into the hole in the gum ball or wooden bead.
4. Loop up one end of the pipe cleaner and place the two leaf parts that will form the arms, body and legs of the elf into the loop.
5. Push the free end of the pipe cleaner up through the hole in the gum ball or bead. Pull the pipe cleaner tight, twist the ends and separate them.
6. Place the loop of green ribbon between the them. Twist the ends of the pipe cleaner to secure the ribbon and trim. Tie the ends of the ribbon in a knot to form a loop.
7. Wrap the hat around the head and glue or stitch in place.
8. Glue the red felt berries on one of the leaves in a row.