DIY Elf on The Shelf Box
How cute is this Elf on the Shelf in quarantine project? This is such a fun and adorable way to kick off a visit from your elf and bring a smile to your little one’s face. We’ll show you how to customize your Elf on the Shelf Box so it’s perfect for your color scheme!
DIY Elf on The Shelf Box
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Cut File Used:
- Elf on the Shelf Boy (Dark Skin)
- Elf on the Shelf Girl (Dark skin)
- Elf on the Shelf Boy (Light Skin)
- Elf on the Shelf Girl (Light Skin)
- 7.5” Square Wooden Shadow Box
- Jigsaw (To cut hole in top of the box where Elf’s hat protrudes)
- Sanding Blocks
- Green Paint (DecoArt Americana in Hauser Medium Green)
- White Paint (DecoArt American in Warm White)
- Paint Brushes
- Painter’s Tape
- XS Benzie Felt Pom Poms (Blush Color)
- XS Benzie Felt Pom Poms (Fern Color)
- XS Benzie Felt Pom Poms (Swan Color)
- Red & White Bakers Twine
- 1’ Red Mini Clothes Pins
- 120lb White Cardstock (For print then cut)
- Black & White Striped Cardstock (From 12 days of Christmas of Christmas paper studio pack)
- Cricut Kraft Board (Natural Color)
- Permanent Matte White Vinyl
- Transfer Tape
- Scoring Stylus or Scoring Wheel
- Hot Glue and Gun
- Measure the shadow box you’ll be using.
- Import the cut file to design space.
- The first thing you need to do is ungroup the cut file. Select the cut file and go to the “layers panel” located at the top right-hand side and press “ungroup”.
- Select every layer in the tree and then go down to the bottom right corner and click “flatten”. Now the tree has become one layer and is ready to use as a print and cut file. Move it over to the side and do the next image.
- There are 3 masks here to choose from. They are currently a cut file and we want them to be Print then Cut. Start by deleting 2 of them and work with the remaining one. We are going to change the color of it. So, select that mask and go up to the top where it says “fill”. Click the drop-down menu and select “print”. From there, you’ll be able to choose your color. Resize the mask as needed and duplicate to give you as many masks as you need.
- With the calendar, you can change the colors if you would like, but once you’re happy with it, you need to go and click Flatten to turn it into a Print then Cut file just as you did with the tree.
- With the hand sanitizer and the toilet paper, they both have score lines and we need those. So select both layers of the sanitizer bottle and choose Flatten. Then, select Send to Back so the score line is visible again. Your line is going to show as a cut line, so you need to select it and then go to the top to Line Type. Using the drop-down menu, choose Score to turn it back into a score line. Select the whole thing – the sanitizer bottle and the score line and select Attach.
- Repeat those steps for the toilet paper.
- With the 3D table, you need to select the cut line, change it to a score line, and then select both layers and Attach them.
- For the easel, just as with the table, you select the cut line, change it to a score line, and select both layers and Attach.
- Click Make It. Your Print then Cut pieces will be put on a mat so you can send them to the printer. The Oh Quarantree text is on a different mat because it will be cut from vinyl and attached to the front of the shadow box. Finally, the table and the easel, they will go on a third mat to be cut from Kraft Board.
- Once your pieces are all cut, you can start putting together your shadowbox. Paint your shadowbox and let it dry thoroughly before embellishing it. Clean the glass with alcohol to make sure there are no fingerprints or dust.
- Weed the vinyl text, apply transfer tape, and apply to the glass on the front of the shadow box. Remove the transfer tape.
- Assemble your table and easel by folding on the score lines and using a bone folder to crease. You can use an ATG gun or hot glue to each leg of the table to secure them.
- Embellish and decorate your shadowbox as you’d like. We hung a piece of twine up so we could clip the masks to it. You can place the pieces into the box as is or you can glue them in place.
Tanner, Courtney, and the rest of the Makers Gonna Learn Team are all here because we love die-cutting and especially love sharing fun projects and tutorials with fellow makers. We are all great friends and are always having a blast when we are together- you will see this on camera, especially during live streams! We are here to inspire and support you in your crafting journey!