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Bendable Elf on the Shelf Tutorial

How cool would it be to have a bendable Elf on the Shelf? How about an Elf on the Shelf with Velcro on his or her hands? Here at Parent Pretty, we love Elf on the Shelf ideas!

The Elf on the Shelf tradition has been growing in popularity over the past few years. After you’ve found the perfect Elf on the Shelf name — and if you haven’t, check out or list of 100 elf names — you might be looking for more fun ideas to make the tradition fun in your home. The problem is, with all of the cute ideas using the elf, he is a little stiff coming out of the box.

How to make your Elf on the Shelf bendable & grippy

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

In this tutorial I am going to show you how to give your Elf on the Shelf bendable arms and legs, as well as how to add Velcro hands to your Elf on the Shelf so that you can choose whether or not you want his arms opened or closed.

Bendable Elf on the Shelf — A How To

Bendable Elf on the Shelf Supply List:

  • Elf on the Shelf Doll
  • 12 Gauge Wire (found in jewelry section of craft store)
  • Mini Velcro Circles
  • Seam Ripper
  • Scissors
  • Wire Cutters
  • Needle and red thread (or fabric glue if you aren’t a sewer)

Instructions:

Free your Elf on the Shelf. Cut the thread between your Elf’s hands, being careful not to cut any of the fabric on his hands.

Bendable Elf on the Shelf — A How To

Yay! I’m FREE!

Tutorial: Make Your Elf On The Shelf Bendy & Grippy

Use your seam ripper to rip out the thread at the end of the Elf’s hands.

Bendable Elf on the Shelf — A How To

Stick your wire all the way up each arm and cut at the bottom using your wire cutters.

Bendable Elf on the Shelf — A How To

Make a loop in the end of the wire and stick all the way unto the Elf’s Hand.

Tutorial: Make Your Elf On The Shelf Bendy & Grippy

Sew up the ends of the hands using your needle and thread. Or, if you are lazy like me, use a fabric glue like Liquid Stitch to glue the ends of the fabric together.

To finish off the hands, place the Velcro on each hand. These come with one sticky side and attach very nicely to the fabric. If you are concerned that it will detach, you can always sew the velcro down. These mini round pieces of velcro are the perfect size for the Elf’s hands.

Tutorial: Make Your Elf On The Shelf Bendy & Grippy

Proceed with adding wire to the legs of your Elf on the Shelf. Notice that the Elf’s legs are sewn together at the knee. Use your seam ripper to remove the stitch at the knee and then proceed to remove a few stitches at the end of the foot before running your wire up the leg.

Tutorial: Make Your Elf On The Shelf Bendy & Grippy

Run the wire all the way up the Elf leg so that the entire leg will be bendable. Follow the same steps as we did with the arms of looping and sewing (or gluing) the fabric closed.

Tutorial: Make Your Elf On The Shelf Bendy & Grippy

Now your bendable Elf on the Shelf is ready to start all sorts of shenanigans at your house! But first, a nap… getting a makeover is rough.

Tutorial: Make Your Elf On The Shelf Bendy & Grippy

Do you participate in the Elf on the Shelf tradition at your house? What is your Elf’s name?

Elf on the Shelf names list

Don’t forget about our great list of Elf on the Shelf names!

Also: 10 Elf on the Shelf Ideas for 2012.

It features a printable list of 50 girl elf names and 50 boy elf names to help you get the tradition started in your home! Merry Christmas!

Amanda Long

Amanda is a wife and mother of a 3-year old daughter. When she isn't blogging at Midwestern Moms, she keeps herself busy with unique craft projects, baking, or reading a good book.

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