Easy Elf Bookmarks

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These easy elf bookmarks are a fun and festive holiday craft that’s perfect for kids. They’ll have a great time creating this cute craft and the bonus is that it’s a fun way to encourage a little extra reading too!

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Elf on the shelf bookmarks.

Elf Bookmarks

Looking for a new holiday activity for the kids that’s both fun and useful? This elf bookmark craft is perfect.

With just a printable elf tracing template, some colored paper, and glue, your kids will love making their own Christmas elf bookmark. Simple, inexpensive, and fun to make, it’s a great project for the whole family to do together.

This also makes a great classroom, after school, or Christmas party activity. It would also be a great tie-in to your Elf on the Shelf fun! So grab your supplies, download and print the elf template, and make your very own little elves.

Elf on the shelf bookmarks with open book

Why We Love This Craft

Easy – This activity is super easy so it’s great for kids of all ages.

Useful – The little ones will have as much fun using these as they did making them. And who knows – it might even encourage some extra holiday reading!

Great for Gifting – These Christmas bookmarks would make a great homemade gift for the children’s friends or a special teacher.

A pile of craft supplies on a white background.

Supplies Needed

You can change up the colors of the paper to make different elf variations.

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Two elf bookmarks on top of a book.
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Elf Bookmarks

Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
These adorable elf bookmarks are a cute yet easy holiday craft that's perfect for keeping kids entertained over the holidays.




  • Prepare the provided elf template patterns and select your colored craft papers. Trace and cut out the patterns from the craft papers.
    Paper cut outs of elf pieces for a bookmark
  • Attach the hair to the top side of the Elf head.
    A paper cut out of an elf's face.
  • Attach the blush to the cheeks. You can either place the entire round cutout on the cheek or attach just a half-circle.
    A piece of paper with a elf face on it.
  • Attach the hands to the end of the sleeves and attach the border cutout along the bottom side of the hat.
    A red elf hat is cut out of paper.
  • Using a sharpie, draw the Elf face. Then, attach the hat on the top side of the head.
    Elf on the shelf paper craft.
  • Attach the collar to the bottom side of the head, then attach the head to the rectangle base.
    Elf on the shelf bookmark.
  • Add the arms to both sides of the base, attaching the top end of the arms to the base, while keeping the rest of the arm free from glue. To use the elf as a bookmark, simply insert your book page between the base and the arms.
    An elf paper cut out on a white surface.


Be sure to let your glue dry completely before using your bookmark, otherwise it could stick to the page.

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