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Shelf Sock Elves | Christmas Display Ideas

Shelf Sock Elves

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Line up a few of these posable elves on a windowsill or mantel, and you're guaranteed to spread cheer to family and guests alike.


  • Colored cotton socks
  • Dried beans or peas
  • Jingle bells
  • Needle and thread
  • Buttons
  • Small rubberband


Shelf Sock Elves - Step 1

1. To make each elf, simply fill a colored cotton sock three quarters of the way with peas or beans. An easy way to do this is to cut the bottom from a paper cup. Then insert the bottomless cup into the neck of the sock. Pour the beans through the makeshift funnel.

2. With a needle and thread, stitch closed the top of the sock. Use a few more stitches to gather and secure the sewn end into a point that resembles the tip of a stocking hat. Then sew a medium-size jingle bell to the tip.

3. To form the elf's nose (a fun job for kids), use your fingertips to grasp a small bunch of beans about halfway down from the top of the sock. Wrap a rubber band around the base of the bunch to secure it.

4. Finally, glue or sew on two button eyes.