How to make your Elf on a shelf bendable! | Tutorial

We have been doing Elf on the Shelf for years now. So, we are seasoned Scout Elf mischief makers! However, for a while now, which is classically one of those things I want to do, but never get around to doing – is to make our Elves {yes, we have two!} bendable. 

Also, in classic me, I have decided to do this with just one week to go before our little North pole friends make their annual visit. Nothing like adding a little pressure to yourself, on an already pressure fueled season, eh! It’s a good job it’a pretty simple ‘surgery’ to do and no elves were hurt in the process – just to clarify! 

Elf on the shelf

If you have elves and making them ‘bendy’ has been on your MASSIVE to-do list as well, bit the bullet and follow my super simple steps! 

Elf on the shelf

Here’s what you’ll need:

How to do it:

  1. The first thing you need to do is snip a few stitches from the bottom of the elves feet & hands. 
  2. Cut your wire to length – I did this by just eyeballing the length by placing the wire along an arm and a leg. 
  3. I curved each end of the wire before placing it into the arm/leg of my elves. This just prevents any sharp wire poking out – hazard! So curving the ends avoids this.
  4. Once the wire is inside each limb, just sew it back up with either the white thread or the red. 

Elf on the shelf

How simple is that, eh! I cannot believe I have waited this long to actually do this – now I am even more excited for the elves to make their visit on December 1st! 

Elf on the shelf

Elf on the shelf

Do you guys have Scout elves visiting this Christmas?

If you need ideas or free Elf on the Shelf printables, or perhaps you’re looking for North Pole Breakfast free printables, you can pop over to my Elf on the Shelf Pinterest board for inspiration. 


Elf on the shelf



  1. 25/11/2018 / 2:28 PM

    I love this whole elf on the shelf thing! I will definitely be doing it when I have kids! I would have loved something like this as a kid – it would have made me so excited for Christmas!

  2. 26/11/2018 / 5:24 PM

    This is so much easier than what I thought it would be! I thought you had to buy a bendy elf haha xxx

    • 27/11/2018 / 10:49 AM

      Haha! I wish you could! But honestly, it’s so easy to do! x

  3. 26/11/2018 / 5:24 PM

    This is a great tutorial! I’ve never had an elf on the shelf, I think I read too many horror stories so their faces scare me a little bit!

    • 27/11/2018 / 10:51 AM

      Haha! My teenage daughter thinks their faces are a wee bit creepy, too! But the younger kids love them, which is the main thing.

  4. 26/11/2018 / 5:55 PM

    This is awesome, we always struggle with getting ours to stay put

  5. 26/11/2018 / 6:48 PM

    This is a great idea for those moving them in different places every day!

    • 27/11/2018 / 10:56 AM

      This was my thinking too and it’s so easy to do!

  6. 26/11/2018 / 6:52 PM

    I’ve heard the term elf on a shelf but never really understood what it was or about to be honest. Interesting how you’ve made your own though

    • 27/11/2018 / 10:53 AM

      Not made my own, per se! Just, made them bendy! Which comes in so handy when we hang them or pose them during their festive antics!

  7. 26/11/2018 / 7:49 PM

    Interesting idea , I have never thought to do anything like this. Where do the elves come from and where do they go after their stay??

    • 27/11/2018 / 10:54 AM

      They arrive on December 1st and leave on Christmas eve – every day they just get up to mischief! The kids love it.

    • 27/11/2018 / 10:55 AM

      Haha – In the five years we have been doing it – I have forgotten to move him once!!

  8. 27/11/2018 / 11:16 AM

    I dont have children but I do love seeing what Elf on the Shelf gets up to, some people are so creative x

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