Our Elf on the Shelf continues to bring excitement to Connor and Amelia every morning. He is certainly taking full advantage of the Christmas decorations now that there are more up around the house. Some of these have definitely become perennial favorites!
Alfie loves to sit in the jingle bell wreath!
He is a big fan of checking out the advent calendar.
This year Alfie made some super cool snowflakes and even a couple with the Super Hero Templates.
One morning our Elf on the Shelf hid way up high, on the curtain rod with the snowflake garland in the dark dining room. Even Mama couldn’t find him!
I was a little nervous when Alfie started hanging out with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, because I was worried Connor might think his toys come alive at night – which would put him over the edge. But Connor understood that our Elf on the Shelf was just playing with the toys!
Alfie always likes to hide inside the Christmas tree!
He has taken a ride on Rudolph once or twice before too!
This year, Alfie, our Elf on the Shelf got a bit of an upgrade! I had seen a few tutorials online before to make your elf’s arms and legs bendable, but mine didn’t see to go quite as others had posted so here is my suggestions!
Elf on the Shelf: Alfie 2.0
Make sure that you have enough time alone with out little eyes sneaking up on you. I ended up doing this at 4 am one morning when I couldn’t sleep, but yet I was almost caught by a wandering 2 year old. Then gather your supplies! I used thread and needle, a seam ripper, bendable craft wire and some wire cutters.
To insert bendable craft wire into your elf on the shelf, generously rip open the hands and feet of your elf. Our Alfie’s limbs are stuffed with tubes of stiff paper and I really needed to see where I was poking the craft wire. I used some plastic covered craft wire I had on hand. I ended up sticking in wire as far as I could go and then trimming it off with wire cutters. I was able to put three lengths of wire into each limb. Basically I was looking to figure out the right amount I needed for the flexibility and hold I was after.
Our elf on the shelf only has openings are his feet, not the back of his knees as referred to in other tutorials.
Once his craft wires are in place. I did quick stitching to close up the openings! He is ready to go!
I also have some Velcro dots to attach to his hands so that he can hold on a bit better, but alone time for secret stitching is hard to come by!
Alfie, our Elf on the Shelf, has been busy this week!
While he was “scheduled” to appear in the dollhouse, he opted for the silo in the barn. Really any Little People toys make great Elf on the Shelf hiding places!
He left a note for Connor and Amelia on the chalkboard. He kept it simple since we only have one emergent reader. He also held on to that chalk for dear life!
He also “found” kids stockings! While I do refer back to my planning calendar, I also try and look at what is happening in our house at the moment and run with it. This weekend we unpacked the decorations that don’t go on the tree since we are putting off getting our tree until later and Connor was getting anxious to decorate. I had the stockings tucked away so I could gauge my shopping (stop buying stocking stuffers when the stockings get filled) and their weren’t in the box.
He also built a tower out of Legos ahead of schedule after the kids left them out one evening. Connor also took it upon himself to write a note to Santa and ask Alfie to pass it along. He asked Santa for more TMNT and flowers for Mama!
Next Alfie landed on an actual shelf! He was perched over a picture of the place that Daddy first kissed Mama and then asked me to marry him (a bit later on). He returned a note from Santa in which he asked Connor and Amelia to be kind to one another.
Alfie also took a ride on the pirate ship- an annual favorite! But this year I somehow managed to forget to take a picture so this is last year’s!
What was your Elf on the Shelf up to last week?