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DIY Elf on the Shelf Face Mask

Updated December 1, 2021

Keep your Elf on the Shelf safe in 2020 with this DIY Elf on the Shelf Face Mask tutorial! It’s easy to make, super cute and the perfect tiny mask for your friend!

DIY Elf on the Shelf Face Mask

Be prepared when your Elf on the Shelf arrives from the North Pole and make sure they are all set for their visit and social distancing. This elf face mask is just what your elf needs this holiday season. Plus, it’s a great way to teach your kids how to be safe as well. Making a mask for your elf is super easy with just a few supplies you probably already have around the house. And once you’re done, don’t forget quarantine your elf for 14 days in this Elf Isolation House.

Did you know that you can make your Elf on the Shelf legs and arms move and stay in place? Yes, you can with this easy tutorial on how to make your elf posable. And if you’re looking for some easy ideas for Elf on the Shelf, check out these 15 fun ideas

How to Make Elf on Shelf Face Mask

What is Elf on the Shelf?

If you are new to Elf on the Shelf, this will end up being years of Christmas tradition. How it works is that the elf arrives at your home from the North Pole to basically spy on the kids to see if they are being naughty or nice. After a day of watching them, the elf goes back to the North Pole each night to tell Santa the results from the day.

elf on the shelf mask pattern

What are the Rules for Elf on the Shelf?

The rules for Elf on the Shelf are that the kids cannot touch the elf. The elf moves to a different spot each and only at night with a possible prank on the kids. Right before Christmas the elf leaves and doesn’t come back till the next year. 

Want to avoid moving your elf for 14 days? Make an elf isolation house and let it quarantine for 14 days after arrival from the North Pole.

Supplies Needed

Elf on the Shelf
1 Sheet Shop Towel
1 Sheet Paper Towel
Hot Glue Gun
Glue Sticks

How to Make an Elf on the Shelf Face Mask

Note: No elf is the same and face shapes and size may vary. You might need to play around with the size of the mask to fit your elf on the shelf just right. These are the measurements that worked for our Christmas elf. 

Cut a 5 inch long and 1.5 inch wide piece from shop towel. Cut 2 thin strips about 3 inches long from the paper towel. (these will be cut down later)

Fold the shop towel long ways into an accordion by folding the end over and then under. Repeating till you get to the end. Add a drop of hot glue to the end pieces to hold it in place. 

Measure the 2 thins strips from the paper towels and cut to make them fit on the edges of the mask so they can be folded over front and back. Leave a little bit hanging over the edge. Use the hot glue to keep in place. Fold the over hanging edges over the back of the mask and glue down. When folded and finished it will be 0.75″ tall and 1.5″ wide.

Cut 2 pieces of string according to size to fit around the head of the elf. Glue the strings to the back of the mask at the top and bottom.

Connect the strings on each side by tieing a knot on both sides to make it look like it is going about the ears of the elf. Leave the remaining strings hanging out to use to tie around the head to keep in place.

To use, tie tightly around the head of the elf and adjust so the mask is placed over the nose and mouth.

Elf on the Shelf Face Mask


  • Jo
    October 18, 2020 at 11:04 am

    Hi, a friend asked me to make these for their grandkids’ elves. Can you tell me about how tall the mask ends up after it’s folded? I don’t have an elf so I can’t measure. Thank you! Great idea!

    • Alison
      October 18, 2020 at 12:07 pm

      When folded and finished it will be 0.75″ tall and 1.5″ wide.

  • Diney
    November 4, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    thanks for sharing how to do

  • Dr Charlie
    November 26, 2020 at 6:24 am

    Really kind of you to share these simple and easy to follow instructions. Many thanks and keep well

    • Alison
      November 28, 2020 at 2:05 pm

      You’re so welcome! Glad I could help.

  • Dr. Michael
    November 28, 2020 at 6:34 am

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share this tutorial! I woke up this morning and panicked because I didn’t have masks for my elves, and etsy would have taken several days to arrive. Your video came to the rescue for a family of 5, with 4 elves who have been arriving for 14 years now. You’ve made my day! Truly, thank you! – and may you and yours have a very blessed holiday season!

    • Alison
      November 28, 2020 at 2:05 pm

      You’re so welcome! Glad I could help. Have a blessed holiday season also!

  • Susan Schneider
    December 5, 2020 at 9:04 am

    Thanks for taking the time to share an easy, yet realistic mask pattern for the Elves! All the best of this holy season to you and yours!


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