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Christmas Elves made from pipe cleaners

Christmas Elves made from pipe cleaners - love is in the air!

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!

Christmas Elves made for pipe cleaners - you will need

Christmas Elves made for pipe cleaners - draw face onto your wooden bead

Christmas Elves made from pipe cleaners - thread pipe cleaner through bead

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.

Christmas Elves made from pipe cleaners - add arms

Christmas Elves made from pipe cleaners - ready to dress

Christmas Elves made for pipe cleaners - resting!

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 :)

Christmas Elves made from pipe cleaners - start wrapping yarn around body

Christmas Elves made from pipe cleaners - start wrapping with wool

Christmas Elves made from pipe cleaners - chilling by the fire

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8 Comments

  • Reply Coombe Mill

    I love the wrapped wool and knitted tube, they really finish them off, thank you so much for adding to Trash2Treasure, I’m still smiling at the idea of your husband playing gymnastics with them!

    December 7, 2015 at 10:17 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It was an unexpected sight :) They are such an easy make and they could be customised in so many different ways. I recently saw a pin where they did a similar thing but then needle-felted over the top which looked lovely so we might try that sometime x

      December 8, 2015 at 9:14 am
  • Reply Jenny Eaves

    These are lovely! A great Christmas craft idea, and not too difficult for littler ones to make too. The dress is really sweet! :) x #letkidsbekids
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    November 25, 2015 at 8:38 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Its a really simple make, and they can play with them after which is nice. I even keep finding hubby moving them around!

      November 25, 2015 at 11:53 am
  • Reply Coombe Mill

    So cute, a great way to play your own Elf on the shelf! #LetkidsbeKids

    November 24, 2015 at 5:32 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      They really are fun, and we keep playing with ours – they appear all over the house!

      November 25, 2015 at 11:56 am
  • Reply Let kids be kids

    They are really cute and so simple to make. Love the woolly dress!
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids
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    November 24, 2015 at 12:28 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It is fun, simple make that can that be adapted in lots of different ways – these two keep popping up all over the place around the house – wherever I go one of them seems to have got there 1st!

      November 24, 2015 at 2:30 pm

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