Get into the Christmas spirit with this super cute free printable elf template that’s perfect for kids crafts!
Whether you want to use this an elf coloring sheet or try out one of our simple crafts, these printables are perfect for helping you get fun activities ready quickly without the stress of having to draw something from scratch.
There are five different designs available and you can print as many copies as you want, making them ideal for preschools and classroom use too.
What You'll Find on This Page
Christmas elves are normally something that’s pretty popular with kids as they’re something that turns up in a lot of kids favorite films over the festive period such as Buddy in Elf and the elves in The Christmas Chronicles.
I’m a great believer in looking for crafts and activities that are actually about something your kids are interested in so I hope that this printable and our paper elf craft ideas will help inspire you and your child to have some festive fun together.
This free template is perfect for helping you get some fun Christmas activities ready without having to buy loads of new things.
All you need is some paper, a printer and a few basic craft supplies to get started.
We love this cute elf and if you do too why not take a look at our free printable Christmas notes with 12 pages that you can download all featuring him or grab our build an elf craft or split pin elf craft where you can color, cut and paste to make your own elf!
What Is In the PDF File?
The PDF file for our elf template contains five different designs that can download. You can print all of them or just print the ones that you want.
- The first template is a an outline of the whole of the elf’s body. This one does not have any facial features so you can add your own personal touch to it and design your own elf.
- The second template also has the elf in portrait but in this design they have facial features and their eyes are closed. There’s also more detail showing a bell on his hat, stripes on his leggings and buttons on his top.
- The third template is the same but in this one the elf has his eyes open and has cute rosy cheeks too.
- The fourth design is a landscape style picture just showing an outline of the elf’s head and hat.
- The fifth template is the same but has the elf’s eyes. cheeks and mouth added.
How Should I Print My Elf Template?
You can print this template onto normal white paper however if you will be using a lot of paint or glue in your craft you might find it better to print it on cardstock instead.
Elf Craft Ideas
These designs are absolutely perfect for coloring, all you need to do is decide which colorable elf you like the most and grab your markers, crayons or coloring pencils.
There are two different ways that you can turn your free elf template into a cute puppet depending on what craft supplies you have available.
The first way is to print your elf out on to thick cardstock and then color it in and cut them out using scissors.
On the back of your elf attach a popsicle stick using tape or a glue gun and it’s ready to play with. Using a glue stick normally won’t create a strong enough bond for this craft so I wouldn’t recommend it.
The second option is to print, color and cut out your elf before sticking it onto an upside down paper bag which kids can put their hands into to use as a paper bag puppet.
Print out the vertical elf template that doesn’t have a face drawn on it and grab a photo of your child where their face is roughly the same size.
Color in your elf and cut out your child’s face from the photo using scissors and then glue it on to the elf’s face so the elf looks like your kid.
You could even do this for all your whole family and use these as Christmas decorations, I think these would be really fun all on your mantlepiece!
This activity can be a good one for younger kids such as >preschoolers who are often really keen on using playdough.
Pop your elf template into a plastic wallet or laminate it and you’re ready to use it as a playdough wallet.
I think the large elf face with no features would be good for this as you can add your own eyes, nose and mouth but go with whatever you prefer.
Don’t forget to make a fun design for the elf hat too!
More Christmas Themed Free Templates For Kids Crafts
Once we get to December my kids always want to make loads of Christmas crafts and our free printable templates are a great way to have lots of fun together during the Christmas season without busting your budget.
Santa is a big part of any festive celebrations in our home and this Santa craft template makes it really easy for you to create crafts and activities at home.
There’s three different designs available, we love making a beard for Santa!
Of course Santa needs his elves to get the presents ready but he wouldn’t be able to deliver them without his trusty reindeer!
Our reindeer template has designs of both the reindeers face and their whole body so you can choose the one that suits your activity best.
Finally our Christmas wreath template is perfect for crafting with younger kids as the large blank area give you plenty of room to try out all those creative ideas.
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