Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Elf on the Shelf Printables

Today is another Craft Junkie Too Design Team day. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love being on Tracy's Design Team!! Her awesome assignments are just a small part of it.  The challenge for this week is to make a project to help kick off the holiday season.

To read the complete story of "The Elf on the Shelf" hop by the website, but the general idea is that when your "assigned" elf arrives, you must name him or her and set her on a shelf in your home. Your new elf acts like Santa's little spy, watching to see if your child/ren have been behaving and will earn Santa's gifts. Each night your Elf will return to Santa and report any naughty or nice news. Every night when the elf returns, he or she may choose a new spot to sit. You may not touch the elf after that first day, you don't want to rub off any of the Christmas Magic, do you??  But don't forget, your little elf must be under the tree or by the stockings on Christmas Eve night so s/he can hitch a ride home with Santa.

As much as I love the story of "The Elf on the Shelf" I just knew I could re-create the wonderful story at a fraction of the price. My version includes a printable letter from Santa. He tells a little about the elf, that you must name your elf etc. I've also included the elf passport, this is where you assign your elf it's name.

Here are the parts of my printable kit. For this sample, I used the 1st letter download. This letter includes margins in case you'd like to print of holiday paper you may already have in your stash.

I love that Santa "signed" the letter too! The second letter file is a full page and doesn't leave any margins. You could print it on any paper or full page patterned paper too.

Here is the elf's passport. It's complete with date of issue (please note; we put our Elf on the Shelf out December 1st), date of birth etc. The back includes all the passport stamps your Elf has collected from all over the world.

Here is the little Elf we are using this year. It's a cute little shelf sitter I picked up at a Craft Bazaar.
This letter is the one that has 1" margins all around.

This is the letter with no margins (for use on full patterned paper or blank paper).

This is a single passport. It will print to a full size of 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", fold it in half and seal to complete your passport. I will be laminating ours to keep it from year to year.

And in case you have multiple families or grandkids etc you'd like to gift this story to, this is a double passport. It has two per page and each has a different passport number too.


Trisha said...

This is a sweet story. I had never heard it before. Love your printables and thanks for the download. Now, I need to find an elf as cute as yours. The official ones are not nearly as cute as yours. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

Shelley said...

Very, very cute Cheryl! I had sorta heard the story, but not completely! Love it! May have to start that tradition when Carley is old enough! :) Thanks for the downloads!
Happy Thanksgiving!


Unknown said...

This is super cute! We were lucky enough to receive 2 elf on the shelves last year! But I love this letter that you made to go with it!! Thanks for sharing!

Rhonda Miller said...

Thank you for sharing this. I think the way my kids have been behaving, this is something I'm going to need.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this, Cheryl. My 6 year old grandson will love it.

Unknown said...

Makes me wish i had a little one to start this tradition with! What a cute idea!!!

KardsbyKadie said...

Cheryl: This is surely going to be something I do for my seven grandkids. It's totally right up my alley and know my little people will love love love it. Many thanks for sharing all the info and the links - I now have to go get busy to create....You Rock Girlfriend!

Kimberly J. said...

Cheryl this is awesome!!! I absolutely love this idea and I am going to share with everyone! I wanted to do this, this year with our kids but $30 for a kit is pricey!! I am using your printable with two elves we picked up at Walgreens for $5!! :) I can't thank you enough! :)

mrsheadley said...

Thanks for the great printables, Cheryl...exactly what I was looking for! I am a "newbie" to Elf on the Shelf...going to be doing 2-one with my own 2 boys & one with my 2nd grade class...they ALL need a little incentive to stay off the Naughty List. Excited to use my dear grandmother's elves-she collected them for years before she passed.

Bose said...

Awesome Sample Printables!Great article with many takeaways.

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