Thursday, 18 October 2012

Elf on a Shelf

So here's another little decoration that I made.  We call this one "Elf on a shelf", named by my hubby Simon, because that is where he sits; although you could put a hanging thread on and hang him on the tree - depends on how large and heavy the pine cones are!

Here's what you need:

Pine cones
Wooden balls or hard cotton balls for head
Coloured felt
Large buttons
Embroidery thread
Glue gun

You need to cut out of the felt a hat, 2 mittens, the arm rectangle and the feet shape, as in picture 1.

Firstly you need to shape the hat and using the embroidery thread sew it together using blanket stitch, as in picture 2.  I think it adds to it and looks quite cute!

Glue the ball to the top of the pine cone creating the head, as in picture 3.

Glue the felt hat to the top of the bead, as in picture 4.

Insert the rectangle of felt for the arms around the back of the cone, as in picture 5a.

 Glue the front of the arms to the pine cone, as in picture 5b.

Glue the felt mittens to the front of the arms, attaching them to the pine cone, as in picture 6.

Glue a button to the bottom of the felt for the feet, as in picture 7.

Before you stick the feet to to bottom of the pine cone, you will need to work out where is best to put it to keep the balance right.  Once done, glue the feet to the pine cone, as in picture 8.

Stand him up (hopefully he balanced right, if not you will need to move the feet before the glue sets!)  Draw his face, as in picture 9.

Voila!  You have your very own "Elf on a Shelf" finished.

Now you are ready to make more to add to your collection as we have!  You can even add little extras like bobbles for the top of the hats.

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