How to Make Fairy Elves From Paper Plates

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Fairy elves are common decorations for Christmas. Elves are a type of fairy that help out in Santa Claus's workshop and make his toys. Make your own fairy elves from paper plates to decorate your home for the holidays, or use them to teach your children about Christmas. Paper plate fairy elves can also be used as puppets while you are reading children fairy tales. Help your kids make their own paper plate fairy elves.

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Things you need

  • Two paper plates
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Light pink water-based paint
  • Paint brush
  • Green construction paper
  • Red or a different colour construction paper

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  1. 1

    Draw a pair of pointed elf ears on the centre of a paper plate with a pencil. Make the ears 1/4 of the size of the diameter of the plate. Cut out the elf ears. Set another paper plate down on your workspace for the head of the elf. Glue the ears to the sides of the paper plate.

  2. 2

    Turn the paper plate over. Paint the plate with light pink water-based paint. Let the plate sit for 20 minutes to dry.

  3. 3

    Glue on a large cotton pom-pom in the centre of the plate for the nose. Glue on two plastic googly eyes above the nose. Draw a mouth with a red marker. Draw red circles on the elf's cheeks. Draw the outline of the inner ear of the elf, by making an inverted V with the point of the V facing the pointed tip of the elf ears with a marker.

  4. 4

    Draw a narrow triangle with a bottom as wide as the diameter of the paper plate on green construction paper and cut it out. Draw a crown for the brim or hem of the elf hat on red or a different coloured construction paper. Glue the crown to the bottom of the triangle. Glue the hat to the top of the elf's head.

  5. 5

    Cut strips of crepe paper for the elf's hair. Make the elf's hair as long as you like. Glue the crepe paper hair to the elf head. Let it sit for 15 minutes to dry.

Tips and warnings

  • To make puppets, glue a wooden Popsicle stick to the back of the paper plate fairy elf.

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