Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Christmas Craft - Elf Yourself ;)

Today is a FUN DAY, girls!  It's a second installment of our Holiday Hop! 

I've partnered up with some great ladies to bring you a one stop shop for great Christmas ideas.



Today I present to you the easiest, funnest (yes, I'm aware that's not a word) and silliest Christmas craft around. I got everything out to make my original plan (popsicle stick nativities) but didn't have the supplies that we needed (GASP!) and so we went with Plan B.  

I grabbed three pictures of the kids, printed them off BIG, pulled out a bunch of craft supplies and we got to work.


We cut out hats, shirts and pants out of construction paper and then the kids had free range decorate as they pleased.  I cut out Griffins pieces, drew Mason's pieces for him to cut an Luke drew and cut out his own pieces.


We used crayons, pom poms, glitter, jewels and lots and lots of glue and construction paper.


It was fun to see the kids put their own spin on their elves.




When we were done we took them outside and snapped a few photos of the kids with their elves :)



Griffin was a fan of the jewels and I was a big fan of the pom pom she plopped right in the middle of her shirt.



Luke chose Christmas colors and even put a monogram on his shirt.  That's my boy!




 Oh, Mason.  :)  He spent the longest on his elf and he had a total vision he wanted to accomplish.
He loaded his elf down with embellishments and I couldn't love it more.



And it wouldn't be a craft post without Mason's Crazy Craft Face!




Dave and I were joking that they look like those JibJab elves :)


I have a feeling that these are going to be pulled out every year I love them so much!


And here's some real for you :) hahaha  I hung them on the artwire in the boys room and probably should have made Mason's bed before.  #reallife
 


Now for the fun part, hop on over to these other fantastic blogs to check out their Christmas ideas!


Gift Wrapping Idea | Thuy at Hey Thuy

Gift Wrapping Idea | Ashley at Fancy Ashley
What To Wear | Sandy at Sandy a la Mode
Gift Guide - Women | Chelsea at Two Twenty One
DIY Gift Idea - Teacher Destiny at Just Destiny Mag
DIY Gift Idea - Bestie | Taryn at Design Dining and Diapers
Gift Guide - Men | Heather at My Life Well Loved
Gift Guide - Kids | Erika at The Slaughters
Stocking Stuffer - Kids | Jennifer at Life in the Green House
Christmas Pajamas | Ashley at The Vanilla Tulip
Kids Craft | Ashley at I Love You More Than Carrots


Free Printable Kristin at Taz + Belly

Cookies for Santa | Molly at Stilettos and Diapers
Holiday Decor Tips | Mandy at House of Rose


AND... we're doing a super fun giveaway!  Enter below for a chance to win $300 in holiday cash!


Happy Tuesday, Friends!

231 comments:

  1. I adore this idea! Not too challenging but oh so cute :)

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  2. So fun!! I teach AP Calc and we always makes hand and feet turkeys before Thanksgiving but I'm totally going to change it up and do elves before Christmas next year. It's amazing how even high schoolers love a craft day!

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  3. Love, love this idea! I wish I had the craft gene but alas, I do not. But maybe I could attempt this?

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  4. Adorable! This will be great to do with my boys during the break next week. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Love your blog and positive point of view!

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  6. This is such a cute craft! I'm definitely trying this with my littles this week. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  7. This speaks to a crafty momma's heart! Love the idea! Is it bad to put craft items in your kiddos stockings so you can eventually do fun crafts?! haha

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  8. Really cute craft idea! Love your blog!

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  9. What an ADORABLE craft! Cutest thing ever. I love how GG's is smaller than the boys'. That just makes it perfect!

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  10. You always have great craft ideas! I'm thinking about making my teens do this one.

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  11. Too stinkin' cute!!! Love this craft idea!

    Erica Gammon

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  12. What a fun idea! I'm a teacher and am always looking for new ideas :)

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  13. This looks like a super fun craft!!! You always have awesome kids crafts!!!

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  14. This is the best!! Those elves look exactly like one of those jib jab elves, I think you will always treasure them!

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  15. What a fantastic idea! Can't wait to make these with my kids

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  16. Andrea! This is fabulous! I mean...seriously beyond cute! xoxoxo

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  17. yeahhhh these are the cutest ever!! HAVE to get our printer fixed! seems like crafting opportunities are limitless with a working printer. haha!

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  18. So cute! Wonder if my 13 and 8 year old would make one!

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  19. Very cute idea! I also love the art wire in the boys' room :)

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  20. So cute!!! I love that you whipped up that craft so quickly! I'd still be trying to figure out how to print the pictures!!

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  21. Oh my goodness!! So cute!! Great idea, friend!!!

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  22. What a cute craft idea! I look forward to reading your blog every morning!

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  23. Cutest craft ever ! I love this idea!!

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  24. The elves are adorable--just like the kiddos!

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  25. You always do the cutest crafts with your kids! And PS from another teacher, I love how you differentiate for them:)

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  26. I love this idea! How cute...I need to print some pictures of my kids and do this. You come up with such great ideas.

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  27. I love how simple yet fun this idea is! I'm a first grade teacher and this would be so fun to do with my class!

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  28. Has Luke been watching "Laverne & Shirley" for inspiration for embellished shirts? Haha!

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  29. These are adorable! I can't wait to try it at home with my girls. :) Merry Christmas!

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  30. Those elves are adorable! Such a cute idea!

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  31. Sooooooooooooooooooooooo flipping cute!!!! And Mason's crazy craft face will NEVER get old!

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  32. Your blog is so fun to follow!

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  33. Cute idea!!! Jessica L.

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  34. I love this craft and this blog.

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  35. That is just too cute! You never disappoint!

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  36. What a cute and creative idea! My 5 year old daughter would love doing this!

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  37. Oh my goodness!! This is such a cute idea! I can't wait for my daughter to be old enough to make her own :)

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  38. So fun, I must do this with the kiddos I babysit!

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  39. This is adorable! I wish I had seen this before I babysat my niece all weekend--she would have loved it!

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  40. Awesome as usual!;) I love how GG is looking adoringly at her elf and Mason seems pretty thrilled with his too, so cute!

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  41. Such a great craft idea. I will be doing this with my 3 year old.

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  42. So fun! They do look like the jib jab elves, my 3 year old loves that commercial!

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  43. That is too adorable! I love how each of their personalities comes out on the elf decorations!

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  44. So many fun ideas! Thanks for sharing these holiday crafts!

    Hannah Gist

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  45. Mason has the best spirit!! That craft is too dang cute... I'd definitely hang onto it and pull it out every year... so sweet!

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  46. Love crafts! Your kids are darling!

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  47. These are so cute!! You are such a fun mom!

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  48. That is just the cutest!
    *Mary

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  49. Even though my girls are all a little older (16, 14, 12), we LOVE crafts and might make some elfs this weekend!! Thanks for the great idea and Merry Christmas!

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  50. I could not love this more! What a cute and fun idea for the kids! I look forward to getting more ideas while blog hopping!

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  51. Awesome idea! They really do remind me of JibJab elves! Too cute!

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  52. Ha! This is so cute! Mine would die laughing doing this!

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  53. What a great craft. Their elves do look like the jibjab elves. Treasure these!

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  54. Super cute idea! I wonder if I could get my big kids to make these of themselves!

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  55. Love this idea! Going to try with my kids :)

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  56. Super cute idea! Can't wait to try it next year!

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  57. What a cute fun idea!

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  58. Those are so stinkin' cute! What a fun idea!

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  59. What a cute idea!! Can't wait to do it with my kiddos :)

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  60. Such a cute craft! Great craft to do over the holiday break. :) - Monica C

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  61. Love the elf craft! They do look like jib jab elves :-)

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  62. These are great! Such a fun idea! I love how they turned out!

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  63. Fun! My son would love this!

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  64. Those are the absolute cutest things! Way to go crafty Mama!

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  65. You are so creative, I love that you give your kids freedom to decorate it themselves and not worry about the mess!

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  66. Those elves of yours are so stinkin' cute!!

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  67. I stole your idea on taping Christmas cards on the wall, mine are now on display at the kids stop and look at them MORE then when they sat in a basket!

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  68. I love this craft idea, so fun!

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  69. I look forward to reading your blog every morning it is so inspiring. Merry Christmas πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸŽ„πŸŽ…

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  70. Those Elf's are the cutest little things, so creative!

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  71. You are SO creative with your ideas! I can't wait to have kids so I can do fun things like this! :)

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  72. So creative! Your kids are adorable!!

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  73. My kids are grown, but I am saving your ideas for my grandkids one day.

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  74. These are precious little elves! Such a cute idea! :)
    -Rachel Lee

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  75. You are always so creative! Mason's craft face is THE best!

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  76. That is so fun! I will definitely have to keep this idea for future use.

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  77. Love the Elf Yourself idea!!

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  78. I love the elf craft. I'd love to see the plan A craft too! :)

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  79. The elves are hilarious and so creative! I love it!

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  80. Your little elves are such the cutest!

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  81. I don't have kids yet but I would love to do this with my dogs!!

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  82. Love this craft... when do you have the time or energy??

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  83. I LOVE this idea! You are so creative. Something so simple, yet amazing!!

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  84. That's such a cute and easy idea!! I will totally have to do this with my little elf!! Thanks for the cute ideas all the time!!

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  85. I love this craft idea. My kids love the jib jabs.

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  86. They totally look like the JibJab elfs! So cute.

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  87. This is the best christmas craft idea! I'll have to keep this in mind for my nephew's and niece!

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  88. Adorable idea. So cute for my kindergarteners!

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  89. This is such a cute craft idea ... totally will do it with my 3!

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  90. Please make a video of the kids and their elves dancing!! Totally reminds me of the jibjab elf yourself! :)

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  91. What a great craft idea! Will have to use that one in the future when my littles are a little older.

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  92. The Elf Yourself is the CUTEST idea ever. Grandparents would love it.
    Kelly Sites

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  93. What a sweet project! I love that you let them carry out their vision for their elves and how each one turned out perfect for them :)

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  94. You are so crafty! I love it!

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  95. Jibjab elf was the very first thing I thought of when I saw them. Love this idea. Passing it along to folks that have little ones.

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  96. Love reading about your sweet family!

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  97. Love reading about your sweet family!

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  98. I will be trying this one with my little! Too cute!

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  99. Such a fun & simple idea! This may be a Christmas Eve craft for our house, you know for when I'm about to lose my sanity :)

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  100. So cute! Love peeking into your family! Merry Christmas!

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  101. This is so fun, I might have to make one of myself too!!

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  102. ahhh this is adorable!!! i am so happy to be a part of this hop with you!! :)

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

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  103. So Cute. Going to forward to my co workers that have littles

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  104. This is absolutely darling! I will have to try this with my two next year!

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  105. They do look like those jib jab elves! So cute!!

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  106. My kids will be so excited to do this activity next week when we are home from school! Thanks for the ideas!

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  107. Thanks so much for the holiday giveaway!

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  108. What a cute idea!

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  109. So cute! And I forgot about those jibjab videos!! I'm going to go make one right now!!

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  110. Oh my goodness, those are the cutest things EVER! :)

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  111. These are so fun! I can't wait to make them this weekend with my girls :)

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  112. I can't believe the ideas you come up with, just for fun!

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  113. Great Idea! Merry Christmas!!

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  114. Griffin is my favorite!!! I cannot wait to have a little girl!!

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  115. I love the elves art project, just precious!

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  116. This is hilarious. And you're right ... they do look like the jibjab elves. You always have the best craft ideas!

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  117. So much fun!!! I love this idea

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  118. Everybody already said it but you really do have the BEST craft ideas for every season. We're entertaining the nephews for Elf next week-- what a perfect project idea!
    -Jenny
    mariettaseller@yahoo.com

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  119. I love the elves! Such a fun idea!

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  120. Fun to do, fun to look at, and fun to keep for years of Christmases to come!!!

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  121. These are awesome! I'll have to try this out with my two artsy kiddos :)

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  122. How cute! Andrea-do you think you could add a Pinterest button on site? I'd so love to pin some of your ideas!!!!!

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  123. I love that you are real!! :) Thanks for sharing another super cute craft idea!

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  124. What a cute craft-thanks for sharing it with us!!!

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  125. your ideas are just so amazing! i love them!

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