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Tutorial: DIY Paper Elf Free Template

Paper Christmas elf created from free template

Make a paper elf using our free template which you can download below.  This cute little elf is so easy to make. Just print the template onto letter/a4 paper, cut around the template and then fold him into shape. This little paper model elf will make great Christmas decorations. Make a few and arrange them to form a display or attach some string or ribbon to his hat to make a hanging decoration for a tree.

How to Make the Paper Elf

You will need:

  • Template (download the template below
  • Cardstock or heavyweight paper
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Adhesive (I like glue sticks, however normal white glue or wood glue will work well too)
  • Metal ruler or straight edge
  • Bone folder (you will use this for scoring the paper or cardstock and this will help to give you crisp edges to your folds)


1/ Download and print the template. Download the template here –

Free Paper Elf Template

2/ Cut out the elf shape, using a craft knife or scissors.

3/ Score and fold along the dotted lines. Adhere the edges together to make the elf body. You may find it easiest to work ‘top down’. Adhere the edges that form the hat first, then the body and finish with the bottom flap. If it’s too fiddly to adhere the bottom flap with glue, a little piece of tape would also work well.

4/ Fold the arms in two, so there is color on both sides and add a dab of glue on the inside to adhere the two sides of the arms together. Attach them to each side of the elf – you choose where to place them! Because the arms are colored both sides, you don’t need to worry about any unprinted white paper showing.

5/ Attach the elf’s ears on either side of his head.

Tips for Making Your Elf

  • Before you start, think about how you want to display your elf. If you plan to hang the elf as an ornament, then adding a piece of ribbon or cord into the tip of the hap.
  • If you want to make a bigger or smaller elf, simply adjust the size on your printer settings.

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