These Christmas Elves made from pipe cleaners are super simple and quick to make, and because they are positional you can play with them, and display them in lots of different ways - even hubby has had them doing gymnastics on the kitchen table! All you need to make your basic Elf is 2 pipe cleaners, and a wooden bead - you can then dress them up any way you wish!
Draw a face onto your bead. I had planned for our Elves to be grumpy, but as you can see my daughter had other ideas! Fold one of your pipe cleaners in half, and push the folded end through the bead, bending over the end to secure. Take your second pipe cleaner, fold in half, and twist the length so it holds together securely - these are your arms. Pop your arms into position as per the photo, then twist the pipe cleaner below to secure them in place and to form the body. Your basic little person is now complete.
We bound one of our little Elves in green wool simply by wrapping it around the pipe cleaners, and fashioned him a smart little hat which we glued into place. The other, my daughter decided, was a girl Elf and needed a dress which she fashioned out of a little piece of knitted tube - as you can see they make a very cute couple