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101 Days of Christmas: Jolly Elf Ornaments


I discovered these cute little ornaments on Pinterest, and we invited some friends over this week to make them. Although ours are a little different than the original version, I love how they turned out!

Honestly, the kids only got about three-quarters of the way through before they wanted to go outside to play instead, but I think that was partly because there were so many of us that they had to sit and wait a lot between steps.


  • pipe cleaners (we found that the metallic pipe cleaners were a lot easier for stringing the beads)
  • medium wooden beads for the head
  • large wooden beads for the body
  • felt for scarves and hats
  • colorful wooden or plastic beads for the arms & legs
  • jingle bells, optional
  • hot glue
  • scissors


Start with a whole pipe cleaner plus another cut in half.

Fold the long pipe cleaner in half, holding both ends in your hand. If you’re using a jingle bell, string it onto the pipe cleaner first, to about the halfway point.

Cut a triangle from the felt and form a hat, gluing it together with hot glue (leave a hole in the top). Slide the hat onto the folded pipe cleaners, over both ends at the bottom, leaving 1″ of pipe cleaner at the top to form a loop.

Next, add the medium wooden bead,  threading both ends of the pipe cleaner through the middle. Slide to meet the hat. Add the large wooden bead the same way.

Next, add 5 colored beads to each end of the pipe cleaner. This forms the legs below the body. Clip the ends of the pipe cleaner and fold them up like little elf feet.

Add 6 beads to the smaller piece of pipe cleaner for the arms, leaving a 1/2″ gap in the middle. Twist the pipe cleaner around the elf, between the head and body, trim the ends and fold them in to make hands.

Finally, cut a thin strip of felt. Make a small slit in the middle and cut fringe on the ends. Wrap the scarf around the elf (under the head), threading one end through the slit to hold it in place.

Add a ribbon or ornament hook, and you’re done!

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