These paper elves have concertina folded legs that move when you wiggle the backing paper so it looks like they’re dancing!
You can make this Christmas elf craft with painted newspaper, coloured paper or by colouring in the printable template.
We’ve added wiggle eyes, pompoms and a bell to our elves but the template comes with paper eyes and trimmings you can use instead if you prefer.
Watch the video to see the newspaper elf craft in action. I’m sure you’ll agree that it is totally adorable!
Scroll down to see how to make it and to get your printable elf template.
Now grab your newspaper and let’s get making those adorable elves!
Dancing Elf Newspaper Craft
Supplies To Make A Dancing Newspaper Elf Craft
- Dancing Elf Craft Printable
- 1 Sheet of A4 Card
- Marker Pen
- Optional: Small Jingle Bell , Googly Eyes, Mini Red Pompoms
How To Make Dancing Paper Elves
1 – Print out your Elf Craft Template.
2 – If you’re using newspaper paint some sheets with watered down paint so a little newsprint still shows through. Template page 1 needs plain paper, page 2 needs red (you can do stripes for the legs) and page 3 needs green.
3 – Carefully cut out your elf craft template.
4 – Trace around the template pieces onto the painted newspaper and cut them out.
5 – Concertina fold the elf’s legs and glue the boots onto the ends. Glue both legs onto the bottom of your sheet of backing paper.
6 – Glue a red pom pom or round red paper trimming onto the curl of the elf’s boots.
7 – Concertina fold the top two thirds of the elf’s green hat. Glue it above the legs and curve it to one side as you stretch it to the top of your backing paper.
8 – Glue a bell or a round red paper trimming ball to the top of the hat. (Please be careful with small children as the bells could be a choking hazard.)
9 – Glue the elf’s face and ears onto the front of the hat. Draw or glue on a face. We used wiggle eyes and a pompom nose but there are paper eyes and a paper pompom included with your template if you prefer.
10 – Glue your zig zag trimmings on; one below the head for a collar and one above the head for the hat brim.
Wiggle your elf from side to side to make his leg dance about!
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