Turning yourself into an elf on your holiday cards (or elfing yourself!) is a great way to inject a little festive fun into the holiday season. Every family member can get involved with this project and you’ll only need a few simple supplies to make your holiday cards. After receiving these in the mail, your friends and family will probably want to make sELFie Cards too!


  • index cards
  • scissors
  • a pen or marker
  • a printed picture of yourself and/or your kids
  • a glue stick
  • hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • pom poms
  • construction paper


    1. selfie-longPrint out pictures of the person or people you want to turn into elves. They should be small enough to fit on a normal index card.

    2. Cut out the faces from the printed-out pictures, being careful to cut around the hair and chins.

    3. Cut out a small triangle, curved on one side for each elf hat.

    4. Cut out an elongated semicircle shape (like a small curved mountain) for each elf's shoulders.

    5. On each side of the mountain shapes, cut out a skinny triangle to form the arms. Then glue the shoulders, face and hat onto an index card using a glue stick. Only one elf per index card will keep it simple.

    6. Use the hot glue, to attach a pom-pom to the tip of each hat, and then another to the center of each shirt.

    7. Write a festive holiday message on each card and you are all finished!

    See? Anyone can Elf-themselves--it's that easy! Happy Holidays!

Caroline Gravino Urdaneta, a PBS Parents resident crafter, is a designer of creative family projects, tinkering painter and mother of four children. She writes about project ideas for the whole family and how to encourage creativity in kids on the popular blog, Salsa Pie and shares videos on the PBS Parents YouTube Channel. Subscribe HERE.

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