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I’ve discovered a fun new tradition this Christmas season – “We’ve Been Elfed!”
My neighbors are starting to step up their game this year I think, since we received a “You’ve Been Boo’d” basket around Halloween, full of fun snacks and treats. The trend of anonymously leaving decorated gift baskets on your neighbor’s porch has a sweet, considerate feel to it that I think everyone can appreciate. I didn’t get a chance to “Boo” anyone, so I’m paying it forward by “Elfing” instead!
I got the idea while passing the American Greetings displays in Walmart during a routine grocery run. There are so many cute stickers and bags and gift wrap available for Christmas! It also turns out that American Greetings offers up a free printable for “Elfing”! Also, check out the awesome sweepstakes below!
I snagged some stickers and a few treats on my way out and headed home to get started on my Elf Basket!
I wanted to dress up my “basket” a bit, so I decided to make it literally an elf. Here’s what you need to make yours!
What you Need to make your elf basket
Colored card stock paper
Double sided tape
Stickers/treats/goodies for filling
Construct Your Basket
To give my elf basket a true elf look, I pulled out some black and colored card stock paper to make his shoes and hat. I freehand drew an elf shoe on one side of the black cardstock, but you could also look for a printable template online. I cut out my shoe and copied it on the reverse for two shoes.
Next, I cut out some trim for his shoes and a jingly ball for his toes.
Using the double sided tape, I constructed his shoes and adhered them to the bag. I repeated the process for his hat and my elf basket was ready to fill!
I picked up some stickers and small M&Ms treats at the store, but I took it one step further by whipping up some M&M pretzel bark and wrapping it in the colorful tissue paper. Obviously, I love M&M’s, since I put them on brownies and in my bark (check back tomorrow for that recipe!), and I assume most people do too!
Now to fill my elf basket full of goodies and pick out my neighbor to surprise! I grabbed the printable from the American Greetings inspiration site as well.
I popped over to our next door neighbor and quickly dropped the bag on their step. It was so much fun elfing, I may need to do it some more!
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