Last winter when the snow blew in from the North Pole, Elfina came with it. Elfina is our Elf on the Shelf. She visits most nights, during the month of December. Every morning, when Buby wakes up, she’ll search high and low to find our little elf and see what she has done. Yes, our elf makes messes from time to time like the other elves you’ll see and hear about on social media. But she also is very thoughtful, creative and brings gifts for the entire family to share. This tradition helps add a little magic and nostalgia to the season and being able to watch Buby’s excitement makes the extra effort, imagination and creativity, worth it.
Here are some of her more recent adventures:
“Adventures in The North Pole”
There was one night, our adorable little elf, found herself off her shelf. Looking for something fun to do, she decided on a snowy craft for boo. So with her materials in tow, she created Buby in “Forever Snow”. Buby enjoys taking pictures. She puts on a big smile and poses sweetly for the camera. So when Elfina saw this photograph, she knew that it would be perfect for her Snow Globe Ornament gift.
Snow Globe Ornament
I absolutely LOVE this project, it’s quick and it’s so fun. Her “super star” picture was the perfect for this project because when you fussy cut it out, and put it inside the “snow globe”, it looks like she’s trapped inside trying to get out. How fun is that?
Clear Plastic Ornament
Snow Flake Shapes
Hands Up Photograph
First step is either staging a “hands up” photograph or if you’re lucky you’ve already got one. Most of the time when staging a photograph, we try to make sure there isn’t a distracting background, but don’t worry. As long as you’ve got good lighting, that lived in house will never be exposed to the world. In our case, Buby was at the bus stop being her naturally fun and photogenic self.
Once you’ve got your photograph, you’ll need to measure your ornament and then size your photograph accordingly. I couldn’t decide so I printed it in 3 different sizes, just in case one was too big or too small. I think mine is about 2.5 inches, so cut out, it stands at about 2 inches.
Next you’ll want to carefully roll it and using your tweezers, tuck it inside your ornament. Try to position it in the middle. Mine wouldn’t stay put so I grabbed a glue dot and pinned her “head” to the back of the ornament. I liked how it looked being pressed against the front of the “snow globe”, but then the snow wouldn’t look right.
Now the fun part, using a funnel (no, I don’t have a mini funnel, I just wrapped some paper and tucked it into the opening), pour in that glitter, we used both white and blue fine glitter. But you could use fake snow, salt, sugar, or whatever you desire.
For the finishing touches, add in a few snowflake shapes, pop the top back on, and hang it on the tree, for everyone to see. This is something our family will treasure every year, and now even my teens want “forever snow” of their own. Ha! Got to love how our little Elf inspires creativity.
We’d love to hear about your family traditions, please share in the comments below.
Merry Christmas Eve!