Time for a nice simple craft for the younger children.  Obviously older ones can join in too, but this paper plate elf craft is aimed at the pre-schoolers and toddlers.

Make sure you check out my Christmas board on Pinterest for more ideas.  Don’t forget to save the pin for later.

To make your own paper plate elf you will need:

paper plate elves

  • Paper plate
  • Paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Cotton wool
  • Glue
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Sequins/glitter (optional)

Start by painting the paper plate.  Half of it needs to be the colour of the hat, and the other half a skin tone colour.  I did paint the hat so that it looked like it was curving around the side of the face.

While that is drying paint the skin tone paint onto a piece of paper, this will be for making the ears later.

Stick some cotton wool across the brim of the hat and a piece for the end of the hat.  You could also substitute that piece for a little bell if you have any.

On the piece of paper draw and cut out your ears.  Make sure they both point in different directions.  I totally forgot to do that.  Which meant that when I went to stick them, my elf had two ears pointing the same way.  It looked very odd.  To rectify the issue, I simply turned one of the ears over and re painted it.  Not a major issue, but a slight faff.  When your ears are ready, stick them onto your elf.

Paint or draw on your elf’s face.

If your little one wants to, it is time to break out the glitter and sequins decorate the hat of your elf.

Once it has all dried off your elf will be ready for hanging up for everyone to see.  We like to stick our paper plates onto a cupboard door.

If you enjoyed making this paper plate elf, then be sure to check out my paper plate snow globe, paper plate tree, and mini wreath ornaments.

Pin for later:

Paper plate elves - christmas craft for pre-schoolers