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Topic: Make an Elf on a shelf doll...she's watching! Step by step.  (Read 2116 times)
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« on: January 02, 2018 07:42:37 AM »

I had nothing else to do over the Christmas/New Year's gap (other than pain the dining room, make pies, roast a turkey, work, work on a doll commission, go to parties), so I made an Elf on the Shelf for next year.



I started with a blank doll from Dharma Trading. Unfortunately, they only carry the unwired dolls now, but this was an old one I had with wired limbs. They are so inexpensive. I often replace the heads...they are kinda creepy looking. I removed the black bead eyes and tied the neck tighter. I just found these dolls at https://www.darice.com/store/details/catalog/wholesale-basics-dolls-and-plush-dolls/1236-55. I used the 14" tall doll. Or this is a better site: https://www.consumercrafts.com/store/details/catalog/basics-dolls/1236-55



Then a coat of gesso, sanding with fine sandpaper, coat of red paint, sanding, and a final coat of red, boots, face and hair color. The sanding makes a very nice smooth surface. Her braids are kumihimo woven from scrap yarn and hot glued to her little head. The bangs were zig-zagged on to a strip of fabric, trimmed, and were glued on first.



Then I crafted a jacket, undershorts, and hat, cut a belt from black vinyl, deconstructed a small Santa hat for the white fur and warmed up the glue gun again. I did the eyes last because I wasn't sure how the hair and hat would come out. They are just dots of black paint. She came out quite cute.

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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2018 08:06:27 AM »

Oh my goodness! So stinking cute!
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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2018 08:52:47 AM »

Tee hee, those knickers! She is too cute.
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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2018 11:27:34 AM »

adorbs!
so much nicer than that mass-produced red menace!
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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2018 12:15:14 PM »

Just the cutest!
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2018 11:11:27 AM »

Excellent job, especially on the red & green outfit--that's one festively stylin' elf!  I dig those really thick braids too--I'd never heard the term kumihimo before now, but I've definitely seen it before.
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« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2018 06:20:24 AM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2018 01:39:00 PM »

Awesome Idea  I will have to make these for my kiddos, I had bought my oldest a elf on the shelf and they sure do think alot of those things price wise.
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« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2018 10:22:09 AM »

Oh my and ho ho ho. I had almost forgotten about her and then wham! she showed up on my shelf. Be careful, they are friendly but sneaky elves.

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