Kids can exercise their imaginations with this posable peanut gallery, putting their finished elves to work carrying candy canes or skiing down the holiday slopes.
Use the end of a ballpoint pen to poke 4 small holes through each peanut shell, 2 for the arms and 2 for the legs. Push a 3-inch piece of brown pipe cleaner through one armhole, then out the other for arms. Push another piece through one leghole and out the other, then wrap a small piece of different-colored pipe cleaner around the bottom of each leg for elf shoes.
Give the peanut a face by gluing on a set of googly eyes and a mini pom-pom nose, then draw on a mouth with a marker.
For an elfin cap, cut out a long, thin colored felt triangle with a base no longer than 2 inches, glue together the sides, and attach it to the peanut elf's head. Cut the point off the hat and glue a mini pom-pom to the top.
Now give the elf some props: a pair of craft-stick skis and some toothpick poles, or candy-cane cargo. For the finishing touches, glue a small loop of ribbon to the elf's hat to hang him on the tree.