Believe In the Magic of Christmas: How To Make A Life-size Elf on the Shelf

   Hey Y’all! It’s that magical time of year again, I absolutely love Christmas! It is my absolute favorite time of year. I just love the  entire feeling of Christmas; hearing the music, seeing the decorations, and just the atmosphere of it all.

A few years ago, I had the idea to decorate the outside my home with Elf on the Shelf.  I really wanted it be fun and magical, because that’s what Christmas is all about.  However, the only one I could find was  the small one that are usually placed in the home.  Since, I was unable to find a life-size version I decided to make my own that I could place inside or outside my home. In this post I will be demonstrating my step-by-step guide of how I made my life-size Elf on the Shelf.

Before you can even begin making your DIY Elf on the Shelf, you need to gather your materials. You will need: muslin, scissors, felt, thread, sewing machine, and a stick in order to stuff the life-size Elf on the Shelf with poly-fil. Poly-fil is premium polyester and it’s the perfect filling to use for craft projects such as this one.


I didn’t follow any specific pattern, I had to create my own.  I just simply looked at the Elf and created the various parts of him.  Once you’ve cut out the pieces that you need, you will have to sew all your pieces together. I used my sewing machine for the body, legs, arms, and the hat.  For the smaller pieces; such as the eyes and the hair I just stitched them by hand.

Once I’ve stuffed the head with poly-fil, I began to hand stitch the hair onto my elf’s head.

When I finished hand stitching the hair, I pinned the hat and the collar onto the head of my elf. Then I began to sew everything together using my sewing machine.

After I finished stitching my eyes, I used stick pins to stick them on the Elf’s face. I also used stick pins, to mark where the nose and other features will go. This can be a very time- consuming project and it will require a great deal of patience.


Here is the finished life-size Elf on the Shelf. I have also included a couple pictures of other elves that I made. These elves are covered in plastic, because they are placed outside and during the fall and winter months we get a lot of rain in South Carolina. 

Hope Ya’ll enjoyed this post, if you have questions feel free to leave them in the comment section.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

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