Nutty Little Elves Holiday Ornaments

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Nutty Little Elves

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.

What you'll need

  • Ballpoint pen
  • Peanuts in the shells
  • Brown pipe cleaners cut into 3-inch pieces
  • Colored pipe cleaners
  • Craft glue
  • Mini googly eyes
  • Pom-poms in assorted colors and sizes
  • Fine-tip markers
  • Scissors
  • Felt, assorted colors
  • Craft sticks
  • Toothpicks
  • Candy canes
  • Ribbon

How to make it

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Nutty Little Elves Step 4

    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.

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