Pinterest is bursting with them and with my impending craft fair they seemed to provide the perfect opportunity for a middle aged woman to be let loose with some felt and a dolly peg. What could go wrong?
I was particularly taken by this lovely image here.
Oh joy. I sat at my little table and excitedly sorted out some colours.
Little grey trousers - check.
A mulberry cape - check (yes it is a bit big but have you ever tried to cut a neckline for an elf?)
How about some green accessories? Mittens - check.
Oh yes it could have carried on in such a wonderfully whimsical way but sadly it was not to be. The first sign of the tinsel tide turning came with the hat. A nice pointy elf shaped hat. Let's try putting some ric rac on for a hangy thing.
Now let's try gluing it together.
Those of you who have ever been enthralled by the power of a hot glue gun will know that when it blobs on the end of your fingers there is little you can do but hop out of your chair and try and rub it off with your other fingers (all whilst merrily singing Jingle Bells in a rather cracked fashion). This then gives the hat freedom to purchase itself on either extremity whilst the hangy thing falls to the floor. Strangely I did not manage to record this episode for posterity.
At last a hat was put together that actually sat on top of the peg. It was way too big and slipped over his eyes but with some glue and a prayer it stuck - and it's staying stuck.
Now for the face.
Oh how I fretted.
Festive the Unfortunate
This little elf had to be right.
I practised on paper.
I practised on other pegs.
I used pencil, biro, fineliners.
I thought I'd cracked it - took a deep breath and ...dot, dot, line - dot, dot, line - dot, dot, line ...
WHAT HAPPENED THERE?
If there was to be a festive version of the Joker this would be it.
Rather menacing I think.
If the hat hadn't been stuck on so blooming firmly I would have swapped it around and tried again on the other side - but it is most definitely stuck for good ...
So there he hangs - slightly too smiley - a cautionary tale to those who are too cavalier about their elves.
And as for the hare - he's in hiding!
P.S. For those of you who might be taking part in Ladybird Diaries Christmas decoration swap don't worry - I won't be making an elf!