Easy Way to Make Elf Shoes

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Both naughty and nice children and adults can find pleasure in DIY elf shoes. Handcrafted elf shoes can be worn, stuffed or placed on the shelf as featured Christmas decor.

This Christmas craft is simple to create, can be used at Christmastime, and can be adapted for use as fairy shoes for year-round enjoyment and gift-giving opportunities.


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Easy homemade elf shoes

Things You'll Need

  • Green felt

  • Scissors

  • Sewing machine or needle and thread

  • Elastic

Use your existing sneakers and create adorable elf shoe covers, which is a good option for a last-minute, crafty decoration. These felt elf shoes are an easy DIY craft for beginners. Choose a piece of green felt that is twice the length of your shoe size plus 8 inches. Wrap the felt around your shoe lengthwise. Trim the felt so that it is 4 inches taller than your shoe and extends 4 inches beyond the tip of your shoe on each side.


Cut the felt using your shoe as an outline and follow the curve of your shoe, making sure to leave enough felt at the top of the shoe to sew a seam (include a seam allowance). Cut the extra felt at the tip of your shoe so that it curls upward. Sew a seam connecting the side pieces, but leave a large enough opening to slip your foot into the shoe. Add two pieces of elastic at the bottom of the slipcover to secure them to your shoes.


Salt dough elf shoe ornaments

Things You'll Need

  • Flour and salt

  • Elf shoe cookie cutter

  • Straw

  • Ribbon

  • Acrylic paint

Mix up a batch of salt dough. Add 3 cups of flour, 1 cup of table salt and 1 cup of water to a large mixing bowl. Mix the ingredients until the dough is pliable. Roll the dough out onto a flat surface. Use an elf shoe cookie cutter to cut out small elf shoes. Use a small straw to poke a hole in the top of each shoe ornament. Make sure that the hole goes completely through the dough; this is where a ribbon will be added as a hanger for the finished Christmas elf shoes.


Bake the shoes in a 200-degree oven for at least four hours or until the dough is dry. Paint the elf shoes with acrylic paint and allow them to dry completely before decorating and adding the ribbon hangers.

At this point, you can do just about anything to create a full elf costume. Add elf ears using additional pieces of felt cut as triangles. Create an elf hat resembling a Santa hat.



If you are handy with a sewing machine, you can find sewing patterns for shoes or complete costumes, including hats. Some websites offer printable patterns and templates for making all kinds of easy Christmas crafts.

Stuffed elf shoe ornaments

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors

  • Paper for an elf pattern

  • Needle and thread

  • Cotton

  • Hot glue

  • Decorative touches (optional)

Draw a 6-inch shape that looks like a sock on a piece of paper. Draw a curled toe at the end of the toe section to create an elf shoe. Cut out the shoe for a pattern. Draw an outline of the pattern onto a piece of felt twice. Lay the pieces on top of each other. Whipstitch the sides and bottom of the elf shoe together. Stuff the shoe ornament with cotton and sew the top side together. Use hot glue to add pom-poms, bells or buttons to decorate the shoe.


This is a compact, DIY Christmas elf that can easily fit into a Christmas stocking or used as holiday home decor in just about any way.

Wearable elf sock shoes

Things You'll Need

  • Fuzzy socks

  • Needle and thread

  • Pom-pom

  • Feather boa

  • Bells (optional)

Create cute wearable elf sock shoes from any colored fuzzy socks. Fold the toe of the socks into a triangle. Stitch them in place. Sew a large pom-pom to the end of each toe. Cut a section of feather boa and sew it to the top of the socks. Add small bells across the top of the foot or around the ankle for additional decoration.



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