I get a lot of questions about how I am able to move my elf around and pose him. Truthfully the first few years my elf was non bendy and I used tape and string to rig him up. Well, my friend Erin and a Bird and a Bean is brilliant. She made this easy tutorial and said I could share it! Thanks Erin, your rock! Give her follow to check out her yummy recipes, DIY’s and fun tutorials!
Take it away, Erin!
- Wire Cutter (you could even use scissors depending on how thick your wire is.)
- An elf
What you do:
- Choose a wire. (any thick wire will do. Floral wire, steel wire, whatever you have) The shiny colored wire I used is from the Dollar Tree.
- Get your wire cutters and wire out.
- Snip a teeny tiny hole in the hand or foot of your elf. Do not let your children watch.
- Straighten out a length of wire and shove it into the flimsy elf limb. You might have to wiggle it a little bit because there is useless cardboard in there. (really for thirty bucks an elf you’d think they would have done this for you!)
- Get the wire in there as far as it will go.
- Snip off the excess wire, leaving just a little bit sticking out.
- Wiggle the last bit in by pulling the hand or foot over it, so that it doesn’t come back out of the hole later.
- Repeat for all limbs.
- DONE! You now have a bendy elf. Congratulations. Go and pose him doing something fantastic!
- You could stitch up the 4 tiny holes, but I didn’t. I just kind of smooshed the felt around until the holes looked kinda closed. You can’t even see them. And the kids don’t touch the elf, so no biggie!
For fun ideas for your elf be sure to check out our 2017 Elf Calendar with lots of new ideas!