Paper Plate Christmas Elf

Create this gang of cute Christmas elves out of paper plates, construction paper and a few basic art materials.
Paper Plate Christmas Elf craft


  • Paper plates
  • Construction paper
  • Crepe paper
  • Any water-based paint
  • Paint brush
  • Crayons or markers
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Pompoms
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Sequins, glitter glue or rhinestones (optional)

Safety Tips

  • Small craft materials such as wiggle eyes, sequins, or rhinestones are choking hazards. These are not suitable for children below the age of three.


Step 1 Paper Plate Christmas Elf craft 1. Obtain a paper plate to make your Christmas elf's head. Draw and cut out a pair of pointy elf ears out of construction paper or cardboard.
Step 2 Paper Plate Christmas Elf craft 2. Glue or tape the ears on opposite sides of the paper plate.
Step 3 Paper Plate Christmas Elf craft 3. Flip the paper plate so that the bottom side is facing up. Paint this side of the plate, including the ears with any water-based paint. Give your Christmas elf any skin coloring that you like. I made a light-colored skin tone by mixing a bit of brown to white paint.
Step 4 Paper Plate Christmas Elf craft 4. When the paint has dried, glue on a pair of wiggle eyes and a fluffy pompom nose.
Step 5 Paper Plate Christmas Elf craft 5. Using crayons or markers, draw a mouth and if you like, draw some lines to give the ears some detail.
Step 6 Paper Plate Christmas Elf craft 6. Draw and cut out a triangle out of construction paper to make the elf's hat. Cut out a zigzag piece for the hat's bottom lining.
Step 7 Paper Plate Christmas Elf craft 7. Glue the hat, including the zigzag lining on top of the elf's head. You can also cut out and glue a small circle at the tip of the hat.
Step 8 Paper Plate Christmas Elf craft 8. Cut out short strips of crepe paper, crumple them up and glue them along the sides of the paper plate to make the elf's hair.
Step 9 Paper Plate Christmas Elf craft 9. Allow the glue to dry before putting up your paper plate elf up as a cute Christmas décor.

More Ideas

Sleepy Paper Plate Christmas Elf Give your Christmas elf lots of character by making interesting facial expressions like this very sleepy elf. You can also play around with its hairstyle and decorate its hat with sequins, rhinestones or little bells.
Paper Plate Christmas Elf with Striped Hat Try making stripes on your elf's hat by gluing on strips of colored paper. Be creative and make a family of fun Christmas elves!
Paper Plate Christmas Elf Puppet Transform your paper plate Christmas elf into a stick puppet or mask by gluing a wooden dowel at the back. You can also glue 2 craft sticks end-to-end to make the long handle like I did.
Paper Plate Santa Claus A busy North Pole Christmas scene wouldn't be complete without Santa Claus. Make Santa out of a paper plate following our Paper Plate Santa Claus craft. You can also make these cute Paper Plate Reindeer if you like.