Free Elf Printables
Each year we struggled to come up with ideas for our Christmas toy elf until I designed an elf costume for our elf. I wanted to create some elf clothes and elf ideas other than mischief so I made these elf superhero costumes. You can find toy elves at most stores during the holidays. I’ve seen cute toy elves and funny-looking elves. You could also check Etsy for vintage elf toys and use these free printables as a fun Christmas toy. Download the elf printables PDF below to make these Free Printable Elf Superhero Costumes!
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We love it when our elf, Kristopher, returns every year. Our elf rarely practices “naughty” tricks but he does make us laugh. If you have a Christmas elf, you may have noticed all the elf ideas on the internet and that’s why I came up with these printable costumes for any Christmas elf.
Christmas Elves have become a popular Christmas tradition in many households. Part of the fun of this tradition is the mystery and magic surrounding the elf’s presence. The idea is that the elf works for Santa Claus, sent to keep an eye on children and report back to Santa about their behavior. Each night, the elf moves to a new location in the house, creating a sense of excitement and anticipation for children as they wake up each morning to find their elf in a new spot.
Not only does the Christmas Elf encourage good behavior in children during the holiday season, but it also provides a fun and interactive way for families to bond and create memories. Children can engage in creative play by imagining what their elf is doing while they sleep, and the whole family can enjoy the excitement of finding the elf in a new location each day leading up to Christmas.
Overall, the Christmas Elf is a fun and playful way to add some extra magic to the holiday season and create lasting memories with loved ones.
When should Elf on Shelf Arrive?
Our elf arrives the day after Thanksgiving. That gives him plenty of time to visit and do fun things each night until Christmas Day. Our elf leaves a special “welcome back” letter when he arrives and leaves a “goodbye” letter and small gifts for the children when he leaves.
Elf Superhero Costumes
These Elf Superhero costumes fit most Barbie dolls too! The Elf masks and capes are a bit bigger than most Barbies, so I included smaller masks in the PDF if you are printing these for Barbie too. An idea that we plan to do is have a few Barbies and the elf hanging out like a superhero get-together, lol.
My kids love superheroes and although they have their favorite superhero, they will enjoy seeing the elf dressed as all of them 🙂
Best of all, you can store these flat in an envelope or plastic sleeve for next year so you are not adding more stuff to your home.
How to Make Elf Costumes
- Free Printable (get it below)
- Lightweight White Card Stock
- Small Scissors
- Hole Puncher (optional)
- Scotch Tape
- Print the free printable file on lightweight cardstock (if you print on printer paper the costumes will not be durable).
- Use small scissors to cut each one. Small scissors will be easier than a larger pair. It took me around 20 minutes to cut everything out by hand.
- Use a hole puncher to punch the eyes. This step is optional but I liked seeing the elf’s eyes through the mask. The only mask I did not punch was Iron Man.
- Place the costumes in an envelope or plastic sleeve protector until ready for use.
- Use tape to attach to your Elf or Barbie doll.
Here is an idea of the Elf Printables included in the free PDF
If you’re looking for some fun and creative Elf on the Shelf superhero costume ideas, you’ve come to the right place! Here are a few pictures of our Elf modeling the costumes.
Also, our elf’s hat came off halfway through his photoshoot so if that happens to yours or you want to take the hat off for some of the costumes, just know that you can always glue it back on.
Batman Costume for Elf
Batman Elf: Dress your elf in a black cape and mask with a Batman logo. You can also add a utility belt using a black ribbon or paper.
Batman is my son’s favorite superhero and my daughter loves female superheroes so I made a Bat Girl too.
Captain America Costume for Elf
Captain America Elf: Dress your Elf in a blue shirt and attach a white star to their chest. You can also print out the shield to attach to their arm. I made the Captain America mask to match the sheld which are both included in the free printable.
Hulk Elf Costume
My son dressed up like Hulk this past Halloween and is going to love our Elf as Hulk.
Spiderman Costume for Elf
My son was Spider-Man for Halloween when he was a baby and still loves him.
Spiderman Elf: Dress your Elf in the free printable Spider-Man mask and add black spider webs to their chest and arms. Hang him upside down on a light for the ultimate display!
Elf Iron-Man Costume
Then there’s Iron Man – I included the chest plate and the mask in the free printable!
Wolverine Elf Mask
Here’s Wolverine. I know this is a mixture of X-Men, Justice League, and The Avengers… but there’s something for everyone with this free printable Christmas Elf PDF.
Here are a few pics of my daughter’s Barbies and our Christmas Elf, Kristopher hanging out on a Christmas wreath. Once you have all of the masks and capes cut, place them in an envelope for next year so you don’t need to cut them every year.
With these free printable costumes, your elf can have a superhero party with other Elves or Barbie dolls!
If you are still thinking about doing this, just do it, you know your kids are gonna love it (and so will you)!
These Christmas Elf free printables will help you create countless Elf ideas for the holidays. Click on the Pink button below to download the free printable so you can easily dress your Elf for Christmas. These Elf superhero costumes are fun for adult humor too, but your kids will love the Elf dressed up the most. These are just a few ideas to get you started. You can also create your superhero costume using other characters as inspiration. Have fun and let your creativity soar!
Does the elf move every night?
Yes, your elf should move every night. If your elf doesn’t move, there is probably a good reason (mom & dad forgot, lol).
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Free Elf Printables