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DIY Elf on the Shelf Bed

DIY Elf on the Shelf Bed(November 22, 2013) I like the Elf on the Shelf idea, if you don’t make it too creepy, which we don’t. Nico normally looks for the elf when he gets up and is happy to find him, but this year we are having the elf give him fun things to do (like materials to make Christmas cards or a DVD and popcorn for a movie day). If you are looking for things for your elf to do/bring, you can find a great list here at The Connection We Share.

Now the ick with that is that you can’t touch the elf, but you have to make whatever he is giving accessible and clear that it is him giving it. So I had find a way to move the elf after he “gives” his things without touching him, of course. So he needed a bed! Poor guy travels all night to report to Santa and come back again ;)

Elf bed painting and glitteringAfter I told Nico the idea (that the elf needed a bed because of traveling at night), he was really excited and he wanted to make one right away, so we grabbed a kleenex box and I just cut the top off and one side a little lower and Nico painted it red to match the elf’s outfit and decorate it with some glitter glue and confetti.

Elf bed beddingNow we couldn’t leave him with a box as a bed, so we got a small piece of foam that fit the box, I glued some leftover Christmas fabric to cover his mattress, we folded a square in half and glued it together in form of a pillow and filled it with some leftover batting.

Elf bed beddingFor the blanket it was some simple fabric that doesn’t fray cut to fit the bed and Nico added some confetti stars to decorate it. He also put a little drawing and a confetti star as a surprise under the mattress as well as a row of snowmen on the higher side of the bed and voilà, we had a bed!

Elf bed letteringThen Nico wrote Louis’ (our elf) name on the back of the bed, after Papa had written it down for him, a big step for him!

Elf bedLouis can now lay in his bed after a long night of travel, next to the things he brought us to do and I can move him safely out of the way, when we need to do those things.

If you can’t find an elf in a store near you, here is a great post by Teach Me Mommy, how to make your own elf to go with the bed you just made.

Update: When I told him to be quiet because Louis was sleeping in his bed, he said no he’s not, his eyes are open! I giggled and told him all elves sleep with their eyes open, because they’re supposed to watch you. His answer was: Oh right!

If you do this, we’d LOVE to see a photo of it. Email it to us or post it on our Facebook page. Don’t forget to also follow us on Pinterest and our “Around the World in 12 Dishes” series also has its own Pinterest boards for each country. We’d love to do a Facebook album, a Pinterest board and a page of your creations :)


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