Poofy Cheeks: Elf Surgery–Making your Elf on the Shelf Bendable

November 14, 2013

Elf Surgery–Making your Elf on the Shelf Bendable

Mistletoe (our elf on the shelf) underwent surgery. He came for a quick visit from the North Pole while my boys were at school and after a bit of anesthesia we quickly got to work adding ‘bones’ to his body. He was sick of having limp, wet noodle legs and arms and a top heavy head.

I kept seeing pictures of elves with bent legs and arms and our elf just had stick straight legs and arms so I did some investigating.

Elf Surgery - make your elf bendable with DIY instructions from www.poofcheeks.com 

To make your elf bendable you will need the following supplies:

  • Seam ripper
  • Red and white thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Wire (I used 16 gauge jewelry wire)
  • Scissors
  • Jewelry wire

  1. Start out by using a seam ripper to rip out two stitches from the end of each hand and foot large enough to put the wire through.
  2. Cut your wire to length. (For the correct measurements I put the wire into the arm to get the length, pulled it back out and snipped it.)
  3. So that the sharp ends of the wire didn’t threaten to tear our elf I bent each raw edge in. In the end each piece of wire was a bit shorter than the respective arm or leg but were the perfect fit after I sewed them in.
  4. Once the wire is inserted into the limb use coordinating thread and needle to sew his hands and feet shut again. I used a simple whip stitch.

DIY Tutorial - how to make your elf bendable

DIY Tutorial - how to make your elf bendable

DIY Tutorial - how to make your elf bendable

DIY Tutorial - how to make your elf bendable

Enjoy,

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3 comments:

  1. AWESOME!!! I am so jealous of those bendable elves! I wish I had seen this a few days ago before I took a million pics of him doing stuff for a post! ;) Thank you! This post is going to be awesome for you, I know it. It's going viral! :)

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  2. Love this tutorial! Pinning this so when my son gets old enough I'll be able to make mine bend like everyone elses...

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