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Elf on the Shelf : Mini Elf Donuts

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See what Buddy the Elf is doing around our house Dec 1 – 24

 Check out the Elf on the Shelf Ideas here.

I started seeing these Elf Donuts on Pinterest and knew right away that our Elf, Buddy, would have to make a quick trip by the Bakery at the North Pole for my kids!  This is the cutest idea, ever.  It was also so much fun to make for my kids.  All you need is a couple of things from the kitchen and you have a Donut Shop!

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You will start with Cheerios.  Any kind will work, we had Honey Nut Cheerios on hand so this is what I used.

Cinnamon Covered Elf Donuts:   Shake in baggie with cinnamon / sugar mix.

Powder Covered Elf Donuts: Shake in a baggie with confectioner sugar.  Poke with toothpick to clear center hole.

Chocolate Covered Elf Donuts: Melt chocolate and dip cheerio in to cover one half or use chocolate icing and spread around top.  (I just dipped mine in a pile of chocolate icing I put on a plate… this method was messy!)

Sprinkle Covered Elf Donuts: Use same method as for chocolate covered, when icing/chocolate is damp still dip the chocolate in a bowl of small round sprinkles so they adhere.

I made the donut box by using an old earring jewelry box. I pulled the insert out and covered the lid with red cardstock.  This seemed easier than downloading a template and making one origami style.  (Seemed is the operative word here)  I then placed wax paper inside and loaded it with the donuts.

NOTE::: I used kid’s chopsticks to pick my cheerios up and place them in the box and on the plates.  This leaves the sugar and other toppings intact without finger prints.  You could also use tweezers, straw, tongs, whatever works!

elf on the shelf donuts

Since my daughter has Egg and Peanut allergies, I wrote at the bottom of the note that Buddy had checked all the ingredients as she’s never had real donuts before.  She is always apprehensive when people try to give her food, so this was just put on there to make her aware he checked for her.  (Since I’m not supposed to have anything to do with it ;) )

I snagged a cute plate from my daughter’s play kitchen set as well as another plate and tea cup. Buddy leaned on it and waited for them to wake up in the morning.

The supplies needed to pull this off were:

  • Buddy; our Elf on the Shelf
  • Cheerios
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Cinnamon / Sugar
  • Chocolate Melts / Chocolate Icing
  • Small Round Sprinkles
  • Small jewelry box & paper to cover it
  • Wax paper for the box insert
  • Plastic play kitchen supplies (you can get as elaborate as you want with this!)
  • Red & Green Pen
  • Cardstock Paper for the Note

Here’s a little behind the scenes action that I took a shot of so you can see what it looks like to be an Elf in progress!

elf on the shelf behind the scenes donuts

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Elf on the Shelf Idea : Making Mini Knitted Scarf

elf on the shelf knitting a scarf

See what Buddy the Elf  is doing around our house Dec 1 – 24 : Check out the Elf on the Shelf Ideas here.

For the past few weeks I’ve been trying to learn how to knit.  I’ve mastered the casting on.  Everything after that is still questionable if I am doing anything right.  I’ve been just trying to do the basic knit and purl techniques alternating each row.  Unfortunately, I haven’t made the effort to dedicate a long period of time to sitting and knitting.  Realistically it’s about 20 minutes at a time.  And I’m just learning.  So I forget what stitch I’m on or where I left off, or my yarn is too fuzzy and I drop a stitch or pick up an extra (somehow?!).  Anyway, my point is — my soon to be 6 year old knows that I’m lacking the proficient knitting skills to finish her a presentable scarf.

elf on the shelf mini knit scarf

So I concocted the idea that Buddy would knit himself a scarf (because ultimately, ‘Mom could never pull this off”) as his nightly adventure.  So I used the same technique but on a much smaller scale.  Thank  the Lord for his little self I didn’t have to do much (although it took me what seemed like forever to complete) length and width to complete it.  I just used my smallest needles and cast on 5 stitches and alternated the knit then purl until it was the desired length I wanted.

elf on shelf mini knitted scarf

I then put him on the ledge of the kitchen counter and sat him in a circle loom that we had picked up at Hobby Lobby and threw my other yarns around him.    Would you believe me if I told you it came out SO perfect!  This amazed my daughter that Buddy could knit better than me! ;)  At that time I didn’t know how to cast off so I left the scarf on the needles and there he was.  Luckily there was an easy YouTube video (the next day) that I watched to learn how to cast off so Buddy could keep his scarf for future days and adventures.

The supplies needed to pull this off were:

  • Buddy; our Elf on the Shelf & Elf on the Shelf book that came with him
  • 5mm Knitting Needles
  • Yarn
  • Pen
  • Cardstock Paper for the Note

 

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Elf on the Shelf Idea : Making Rainbow Loom Bracelets

Elf on the Shelf Rainbow Loom Bracelet

See what Buddy the Elf is doing around our house Dec 1 – 24 : Check out the Elf on the Shelf Ideas here.

Buddy the Elf made his appearance on the Kitchen counter on Day 2 (Dec 2).  He brought with him a small plastic container from another trendy item for kids right now the Rainbow Loom Bracelet kit.  {I know we have more rubber bands laying around my house now that I’d ever expected to see in a lifetime!}  Buddy had made himself a bracelet as well as one for each Charming and Mischief (my son and daughter).  He must have been head over heels in the bands as he’s got them all over his legs too as a fashion statement.

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When my daughter wore her bracelet to school she thought it was so cool because she knew Buddy made it for her ;) and he would be watching her all day.  She was not impressed however with her 11 year old brother that didn’t care to wear his made by the elf!

The supplies needed to pull this off were:

Secretly I’ll tell you- it took only one of each color : green, red, white to make Buddy’s bracelet and then I just slipped red and white ones on his legs without forming them in to a connected band.

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Elf on the Shelf : Playing Tic Tac Toe with Marshmallows

Elf On Shelf Tic Tac Toe 1

I’m sure by now you’ve seen all the crazy Elf On the Shelf posts that people are posting on Facebook, Pinterest & Instagram.  We’ve had our elf, Buddy, since 2009 but he’s been pretty lazy all these years.  Just flying in and out of the house and landing at pretty, random, last minute spots before the kids awake.

This year I decided, after my 11 year old son, Charming, told me that he no longer believes in Santa, it was time to fully take advantage of every opportunity I still have with my almost six year old daughter, Mischief.

Coming back in full force this year we set up Buddy the Elf on December 1st with a lovely surprise inside the kid’s bathroom.  I figured it wouldn’t hurt to leave a little note with him nightly this time!

Elf On Shelf Tic Tac Toe Closeup

I took items I already had around the house to create this set up inspired by Lovely Life of Leah to have Buddy playing Tic Tac Toe:

  • Buddy; our Elf on the Shelf & Elf on the Shelf book that came with him
  • Super Mini Marshmallows (the REALLY little baby ones that are in hot cocoa pouches!)
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Red & Green Pen
  • Cardstock Paper for the Note

I set him up and wrote a note asking our daughter to have us put up the Christmas tree that day (we already had that planned)!  Of course, he sat there all day and then cleaned up his mess that night when he left for his trip to the North Pole.

Be sure to check back for my other Elf on the Shelf Posts as we’re going strong through December 24. Hopefully you can use this idea with your little elf!

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