When we first met our elf, Sparkle, my excitement definitely matched that of my kids. I'd been doing my research and pinning away so that I could dazzle and amaze my munchkins with funny, naughty and surprising placements like these super creative ideas.
There was one major problem though: The Elf on the Shelf is not bendable! There isn't any wire in the elf's arms or legs. Of course you can work around this, and to his credit, the Elf actually sits upright really well. But I had some elf-tastic ideas up my sleeve that would require the Elf to actually hold on to its perch.
So here's how we made our Elf on the Shelf bendable. It only requires a bit of hand-stitching, so even the most craft-challenged among you can easily transform your Elf into a bendable figure.
Wire cutters, needles, pliers... seem like too much for you and Elfie to handle? Then check out our simple no-sew option at the end of the article!
The Elf's reconstructive surgery is best done during nap time or while your kids are at school because of course, if you touch him in front of the kids he will lose his powers! Give the Elf a pat on the shoulder, assure him he'll pull through just fine and if you haven't already, use the seam ripper to cut the thread holding the Elf's hands together.
Using the seam ripper, remove three to four stitches from the tip of the Elf's hand. You only need an opening large enough to slip your wire through.
Using the needle nose pliers, bend the top of the wire into a loop. This prevents the wire from poking through the end of the Elf's arm or leg.
Lay the wire along the Elf's arm to measure how long you need it to be. Cut the wire with the wire cutters, just short of the end of the Elf's hand, and bend this end into a loop as well.
Slip the wire into the opening in the Elf's hand and work it up toward the Elf's shoulder. If it's peeking out of the Elf's hand still, you'll need to recut the wire and make it shorter.
Using your sewing needle and white thread, begin stitching up the Elf's hand. Trim the threads.
Repeat this process for the Elf's other arm and legs (use red thread when stitching up the Elf's legs) and voila! Your Elf can now grasp itself to almost any surface by bending his arms and legs.
Want a sew-free surgery option for your Elf on the Shelf? You can attach a small piece of white Velcro to the insides of your Elf's hands using hot glue. The Elf's hands will be able to stick together so that it can hang from things like chandeliers, cabinet knobs, fan pulls... you get the idea!
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