My family does a White Elephant Gift Exchange every year instead of the traditional "break the bank buy for everybody exchange". It tends to be loads of fun, with the recycling of favorite gifts from previous years (ex. a framed photo of a family friend holding up lottery tickets. It pops up each year with new tickets!). There is the occasional dud, but more often than not everyone is satisfied.
Last year, Artum, a relative made a last minute White Elephant. It was rather primitive elephant with newspaper paper mache body, toilet paper tube legs and a sock trunk. But it was insanely cute and a hit (even before the $50 gift card was revealed). Artum promised to build a better elephant for this year and challenged us to come up with something similar.
This year at Thanksgiving he reminded me, and he seemed rather disappointed that I already had purchased White Elephant gifts and that I wouldn't be making a White Elephant. After I got home, I felt bad and I tried to think of ideas that wouldn't intrude on Artum's original Elephant.
So long story longer... These are my White Elephants.
I found a cute elephant face stencil using a search on Google Images. I bought a pack of 36x36 White Felt at Michael's and it provided me with just enough Felt to make two 10x12 Gift Totes.
This was my first attempt at applique and if you don't look too closely you won't spot my mess-ups.
I made each one slightly different. One has wider shorter straps, and the other has exposed seams. I found some red buttons in my Grandmother's collection (because White Elephants are albinos, right?) for the eyes.
All ready to be stuffed with presents!
Did I do good? I'm hoping yes, so that these are able to be re-used and will become a regular fixture at future Christmases.