As we prepare for the holiday season upon us, it’s time for Elf on the Shelf to arrive from the North Pole. And with that being said it means that the elf needs to quarantine for 14 days just to be safe.
While 2020 is being weird in itself, this is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of an Elf Isolation House giving parents a break from moving the elf for 14 days. That’s right, 14 days off from coming up with ideas on where to move your elf next. This idea is brilliant if I must say so myself.
You only need a few supplies to make an Isolation House for your elf that includes an elf face mask and a place to countdown the days till you can let the elf out. This is such a fun project to do with the kids before their elf arrives.
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What You Need
- Large Glass Jar with Lid – choose a large enough jar that your Elf on the Shelf will fit in when closed.
- Vinyl Permanent Adhesive
- Transfer Tape
- Vinyl Cutting Machine – Silhouette or Cricut machines work best for this project.
- Tools to Weed and Transfer Vinyl
- Cutting Mat
- Isolation House SVG File
- Cotton Balls – if you don’t have cotton balls you can use toilet paper or rip up white paper to make it look like snow.
- Elf Face Mask – use this elf face mask tutorial to make one for your elf.
- Dry Erase or Chalk Marker
- Ribbon – optional if you want to decorate the glass jar.
- Holiday Cardstock – optional if you want to cover the top of the glass jar.
How to Make An Elf Isolation House
Download the Isolation House and Days Countdown SVG file and open it up on Silhouette or Cricut software program. The size you want it will depend on the size of your jar.
Cut the Vinyl by selecting the proper vinyl settings on your cutting device and placing the vinyl on the cutting mat. You can choose whichever color of vinyl you want and can do one solid color or a variety of colors. Insert it in the cutting machine and let the machine do the work.
Weed the vinyl with the weeding tool so just the letters are left on the mat. Apply the transfer tape using the flat transfer tool till the letters stick to the transfer tape. Remove from the cutting mat and apply to the front and back of glass jar using the same tool.
Add cotton balls to the bottom of the glass jar.
Make an Elf on the Shelf Face Mask and place on the elf.
Carefully place the elf inside the jar making sure they are comfortably sitting on the bottom and screw on the lid.
If you would like to decorate the glass jar you can with some ribbon or cut out a piece of holiday cardstock for the top of the lid like I did. This is optional.
Use a dry erase or chalk marker to write down the days left to keep track of when you elf can come out of quarantine.