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    Elf on the Shelf Hack to Make Bendable Arms and Legs (Plus Elf on the Shelf Ideas)

    Elf on the Shelf Hack to Make Bendable Arms and Legs

    The Elf on the Shelf has been a holiday tradition in my family for the past five years. Aspen the Elf first showed up at our house when my daughter was almost a year old. She has had fun hiding around our house for my kids to find, and she even followed us to and from New York last year.

    During the first year of the Elf on the Shelf, I left Aspen intact right out of the box. Her hands were sewn together, so she was able to hang on her own and sit with her hands in her lap. Eventually, however, I clipped the sewing on her hands to give her more mobility. With all the cute ideas for posing her that I saw from other Elves, I wanted her arms to move freely. This year I upped the ante again and hacked Aspen to make her arms and legs bendable.

    To hack my Elf on the Shelf, I started by purchasing some mirror hanging wire. I already had red and white thread and other sewing tools on hand. I then carefully removed a few stitches in the seams of Aspen’s hands. I only had to remove three stitches on each hand. I then bent the end of the wire over into a loop to prevent the pointy end from poking through the Elf. I then slid the bent end through the open seam, up through the arm, and into the shoulder. I then clipped the wire and bent the other end into a loop as well. I finally tucked the end of the wire into the Elf’s hand and resewed the seam with white thread. I repeated the same process on the other arm and then the two legs.

    With just a little hand sewing and a few pieces of wire, I was able to make my Elf on the Shelf bendable and poseable. I love that I can bend Aspen’s legs and arms at the knees and elbows. She looks much more realistic, and she is so much easier to pose all over the house. You too can make your own Elf bendable with my quick and easy Elf on the Shelf hack.

    Elf on the Shelf with Hack Materials Inserting the Wire in the Elf's Arm

    Bending the End of the Wire in the Elf's Arm Resewing the Elf's Hand

    Hacking the Elf's Leg Bendable Elf on the Shelf

    For some ideas for posing your Elf, check out the past four years of the Christmas adventures of Aspen the Elf.

    Elf on the Shelf Ideas

    The Elf in the Christmas Tree

    The Elf in the Christmas Tree

    The Elf on Elmo

    The Elf on Elmo

    The Elf with the Peanuts Gang

    The Elf with the Peanuts Gang

    The Elf on the Record Player

    The Elf on the Record Player

    The Elf on the Baby Swing

    The Elf on the Baby Swing

    The Elf on the Mantel

    The Elf on the Mantel

    The Elf on the Miniature Christmas Tree

    The Elf on the Miniature Christmas Tree

    The Elf on the Bookshelf

    The Elf on the Bookshelf

    The Elf on the Cat Tree

    The Elf on the Cat Tree

    The Elf on the Advent Wreath

    The Elf on the Advent Wreath

    The Elf on the Christmas Gift

    The Elf on the Christmas Gift

    The Elf in the Crib

    The Elf in the Crib

    The Elf by the Baby Pool

    The Elf by the Baby Pool

    The Elf on the Rocking Horse

    The Elf on the Rocking Horse

    The Elf on the Wrapping Paper

    The Elf on the Wrapping Paper

    The Elf on the Baby Shampoo

    The Elf on the Baby Shampoo

    The Elf in the Sleep Sack

    The Elf in the Sleep Sack

    The Elf in the Moose Mug

    The Elf in the Moose Mug

    The Elf with Snoopy

    The Elf with Snoopy

    The Elf in the Ball Pit

    The Elf in the Ball Pit

    The Elf with the Bubble Lights

    The Elf with the Bubble Lights

    The Elf on the Pantry Door

    The Elf on the Pantry Door

    The Elf Under the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

    The Elf Under the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

    The Elf on the Teddy Bear

    The Elf on the Teddy Bear

    The Elf Returns to Santa

    The Elf Returns to Santa

    The Elf and the Elf Donuts

    The Elf and the Elf Donuts

    The Elf and the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

    The Elf and the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

    The Elf and the Peacock

    The Elf and the Peacock

    The Elf and the Harry Potter Figurines

    The Elf and the Harry Potter Figurines

    The Elf in the Freezer

    The Elf in the Freezer

    The Elf in the White Christmas Tree

    The Elf in the White Christmas Tree

    The Elf on the Christmas Lights

    The Elf on the Christmas Lights

    The Elf on the Cloth Diapers

    The Elf on the Cloth Diaper

    The Elf on the Stockings

    The Elf on the Stockings

    The Elf on the Drum Set

    The Elf on the Drum Set

    The Elf on the Christmas Wreath

    The Elf on the Christmas Wreath

    The Elf on the Measuring Cups

    The Elf on the Measuring Cups

    The Elf and the Peanuts Gang

    The Elf and the Peanuts Gang

    The Elf on the Musical Wreath

    The Elf and the Musical Wreath

    The Elf on Snoopy

    The Elf on Snoopy

    The Elf on the Christmas Duck-oration Wreath

    The Elf on the Christmas Duck-oration Wreath

    The Elf in the Refrigerator

    The Elf in the Refrigerator

    The Elf on the Shutters

    The Elf on the Shutters

    The Elf on the Lights

    The Elf on the Lights

    The Elf and the Elmo Ornament

    The Elf and the Elmo Ornament

    The Elf on the Cabinet Drawer

    The Elf on the Cabinet Drawer

    The Elf on the Hallmark Sled

    The Elf on the Hallmark Sled

    The Elf in the Stand Mixer

    The Elf in the Stand Mixer

    The Elf on the Christmas Star

    The Elf on the Christmas Star

    The Elf and the Santa Snoopy

    The Elf and the Santa Snoopy

    The Elf and the Book

    The Elf and the Book

    The Elf and the Lighted Wreath

    The Elf and the Lighted Wreath

    The Elf and the Fridge

    The Elf and the Fridge

    The Elf Stuck to the Wall

    The Elf Stuck to the Wall

    The Elf and the Christmas Village

    The Elf and the Christmas Village

    The Elf Swinging on the Christmas Lights

    The Elf Swinging on the Christmas Lights

    The Elf on the Ceiling Fan

    The Elf on the Ceiling Fan

    The Elf and the Baby Fence

    The Elf and the Baby Fence

    The Elf on the Chandelier

    The Elf on the Chandelier

    The Elf and the Shutters

    The Elf and the Shutters

    The Elf on the Popcorn Strand

    The Elf on the Popcorn Strand

    The Elf on the Christmas Wreath

    The Elf on the Christmas Wreath

    The Elf in the Christmas Tree

    The Elf in the Christmas Tree

    The Elf on the Shower Curtain

    The Elf on the Shower Curtain

    The Elf on the Advent Calendar

    The Elf on the Advent Calendar

    The Elf on the Measuring Cup Hook

    The Elf on the Measuring Cup Hook

    The Elf on the Key Rack

    The Elf on the Key Rack

    The Elf on the Fireplace

    The Elf on the Fireplace

    The Elf on the Tinker Toy Chair

    The Elf on the Tinker Toy Chair

    The Elf in the Elf Tree

    The Elf in the Elf Tree

    The Elf on the Baby Gate

    The Elf on the Baby Gate

    The Elf on the Freezer

    The Elf on the Freezer

    The Elf on the Baby Swing

    The Elf on the Baby Swing

    The Elf and the Reindeer Food

    The Elf and the Reindeer Food

    The Elf and the Christmas Lights

    The Elf and the Christmas Lights

    The Elf and the Cat Tree

    The Elf and the Cat Tree

    The Elf and the Curtain Rod

    The Elf and the Curtain Rod

    The Elf and the TV

    The Elf and the TV

    The Elf and the Refrigerator

    The Elf and the Refrigerator

    The Elf Sleeping in the Christmas Tree

    The Elf Sleeping in the Christmas Tree

    The Elf on the Kitchen Cabinet

    The Elf on the Kitchen Cabinet

    The Elf and the Tissues

    The Elf and the Tissues

    The Elf and the Linen Closet

    The Elf and the Linen Closet

    The Elf and the Circuit Breaker Box

    The Elf and the Circuit Breaker Box

    The Elf and the Coat Hook

    The Elf and the Coat Hook

    The Elf and the Microwave

    The Elf and the Microwave

    The Elf and the Bathroom Lights

    The Elf and the Bathroom Lights

    The Elf and the Lamp

    The Elf and the Lamp

    The Elf and the Door Chain

    The Elf and the Door Chain

    The Elf and the Silverware Drawer

    The Elf and the Silverware Drawer

    The Elf and the Peppermint Ice Cream

    The Elf and the Peppermint Ice Cream

    The Elf and the Seatbelt

    The Elf and the Seatbelt

    The Elf and the Van Door

    The Elf and the Van Door

    The Elf and the Scotch Tape

    The Elf and the Scotch Tape

    The Elf and the Small Christmas Tree

    The Elf and the Small Christmas Tree

    The Elf and the Thumbtacks

    The Elf and the Thumbtacks

    The Elf and the Green Light

    The Elf and the Green Light

    The Elf with the Reindeer Food

    The Elf with the Reindeer Food

    Which is your favorite Elf hiding spot?

    Image Credits

    Elf on the Shelf Hack to Make Bendable Arms and Legs © 2016 Heather Johnson
    Elf on the Shelf with Hack Materials © 2016 Heather Johnson
    Inserting the Wire in the Elf’s Arm © 2016 Heather Johnson
    Bending the End of the Wire in the Elf’s Arm © 2016 Heather Johnson
    Resewing the Elf’s Hand © 2016 Heather Johnson
    Hacking the Elf’s Leg © 2016 Heather Johnson
    Bendable Elf on the Shelf © 2016 Heather Johnson

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