Elf Paper Bag Puppet

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This adorable Paper Bag Elf Puppet is a fun and imaginative Christmas craft for kids.

Thanks to the printable pattern, this is a quick and easy Christmas craft that kids will love.

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After creating their Christmas Elf puppet, kids can use their elf puppet to tell a Christmas story.

Why not read a festive elf book and then act out the story with the elf puppet?

How to Make an Elf Puppet (with Free Printable Template)


  • Colored craft papers
  • Markers
  • Paper Bag
  • Craft glue
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Template


Download and print the Elf Paper Bag Puppet Template, then cut out all of the pattern pieces.

Choose the colors you’d like to use for your Elf Puppet, then trace the patterns on the chosen papers. Cut out all of the Elf puppet pieces. (You can use the eyes directly from the template)

Glue the inner ear pieces onto the larger ear pieces.

Glue the round balls to the points of the collar piece.

Glue the hair onto the elf’s head.

Glue the eyes onto the elf’s head.

Glue the ears onto the sides of the elf’s head.

Glue the nose on the head.

Use a marker to draw a mouth, and to trace the outlines on the elf’s eyes.

Cut a slit on the yellow lines of the buckle piece and insert the belt strip through it.

Place the buckle in the middle of the strip and secure it with glue.

Glue the belt along the middle of the outfit (large rectangle).

Glue the collar piece on the top of the outfit.  

Get your paper bag ready. The bottom side of the bag will be the head of the Elf puppet.

Glue the outfit on the front of the paper bag, placing the collar just under the flap of the bag.

Glue the elf’s head on the flap of the paper bag.

Now enjoy your cute Christmas Elf Puppet!

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