How to make your own Elf on the Shelf door

Let me preface this post with the following screen grab:


Huffington Post

Yes. That’s me. Making the headlines of the Huff Po. I told you, I live on Twitter.

You’re probably wondering how the hell this post is not “upping the game” for your Elf right? Given that it’s called “How to make your own Elf on the Shelf door”. Well, there’s a long story behind our Elf but I’ll make it short and sweet. One day she arrived at our door courtesy of the mail carrier, sent over by my mother. Who back then said “What’s so hard about moving an Elf from a different spot every night?” like she had never ever discovered Pinterest (no really, I am pretty sure she has no idea what Pinterest is).

It’s nice in theory to think that you can just do that with your Elf. Maybe you can when your kids are younger. But not in our area where the kids go to school and compare notes on what their elves did last night and where they send each other pictures of what their elves did last night. I tried to just move our Elf this year from spot to spot around the house and by about day 7, I had a very sad 9 year old who didn’t understand what she was doing to cause her Elf to not want to be silly and even wrote her a note asking if she could do the fun things other elves did.


So as much *I* am not a fan of the Elf (simply because it’s really exhausting to do elaborate stage set ups and crafts at 11 pm at night for the next day with your Elf when you would rather be asleep) I love my kids. Hence this craft. The Elf on the Shelf magical door/portal back to the North Pole. Where you can set it up the night before your Elf is supposed to come visit again in the month of December and set it out again when they’re supposed to go back home for the year. (*throws confetti*)

More importantly, it’s a GREAT craft that your kids can make the week your Elf is set to arrive or just before Christmas when your Elf is set to leave on that long arduous journey back to the North Pole. And when you’re pretty much all ornament DIY’ed out.

I’ve seen Elf doors for sale online and they can run you a pretty penny. Ours cost some miscellaneous dollar store supplies and we used my beloved Fusion Mineral Paint in Fort York Red, Azure and Ceramic Green, which I already had. If you want to read more about the wonders of this paint, go and see how I painted our kitchen cabinets with it and transformed the room.

I picked up one of these wooden door frames at Dollarama. They’re technically shelves as they have hinges on the back. Oh the irony of that. Elf on a “Shelf”.


Then we went to town with paint!



Added some embellishments, some bells, a piece of glitter construction paper on the back as the official door and a black metal fake doorknob.

The end result? A very cool retro looking door. With an official porch. Wait, can we can call the wood shelf the porch? An awning? Portal entrance to the North Pole?









Ok even my Grinch heart can admit that it’s pretty cute! Jingle Bells our Elf seems to like it. It matches her eyes (that was NOT planned).

Our older daughter made her own, our younger daughter just wanted mine. She would probably paint it to look like Darth Vader’s house.


Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s almost midnight as I write this and I have to go do a craft with our Elf for tomorrow.



  • Reply
    Tash @ The Dreamhouse Project
    December 14, 2016 at 9:32 am

    I love this! Super adorable. And I nearly spit out my coffee the first time I saw your tweet – that was before it went viral! When I saw the HuffPo article I was like YES! Lol! I refused to get Kash an Elf for that exact reason. One of his friend’s elves painted his bedroom while he was sleeping! I can’t. I think it’s hilarious that your mother was like “what’s so hard about moving from spot to spot?!” Too funny!

    • Reply
      December 14, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      I swear it showed up at the door and I was like What is this and why is this here? Shelf to shelf is a cute idea in theory. It should be called Elf Excursions and Themed Party Package (supplies not included).

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