Elf on the Shelf with a Magnifying Glass
Has your Elf on the Shelf arrived yet? Ours has! His name is Gilverd (snazzy, right?). Today I’m sharing one of my new Elf on the Shelf ideas that I’m going to do tonight. This Elf on the Shelf with a Magnifying glass is always watching! This time, he’s watching very closely, so the kiddos better be good…
When does Elf on the Shelf Start?
Elf on the Shelf usually makes his appearance sometime after Thanksgiving. He arrives at different times for every family. He comes with a book that describes what he does. Inside the book, kids get to decide what to name him. That’s how we got the name Gilverd (we started when my kids were in preschool LOL!). Some elves are girls and some are boys.
What is Elf on the Shelf?
Inside the Elf on the Shelf book, the boy or girl elf describes that it is magical. He is a special little elf that helps Santa know whether the kids in the house have been naughty or nice. Each night, the elf magically flies back to the North Pole to report to Santa about how the day went for the kids. But, the best part is that he magically flies back home before the kids wake up again! This time, however, he’ll be in a new spot, so the kids have to wake up and find him! He can be watching from anywhere: in the Christmas tree, on the mantle, or you can create special little scenes every once in awhile like this one where he’s staring through a magnifying glass. Here’s the catch: kids can’t touch the elf on the Shelf otherwise he loses his magic. Trust me, kids take this very seriously! So, he’ll stay in one spot all day long until the next morning when the kids wake up and find him in a different spot.
How to Make an Elf on the Shelf looking through a magnifying glass
Materials to make an Elf on the Shelf with a Magnifying glass
- An Elf on the Shelf (found here)
- Magnifying glass (here are some red one like ours)
- Optional: white tape to make stripes on a red magnifying glass
- Hot glue
- Paper plate
- Fake snow (like this)
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Directions for Elf on the Shelf with a Magnifying Glass
- Wrap the handle of the magnifying glass with white tape to create candy cane stripes (optional if using a red magnifying glass)
- Turn a paper plate upside down.
- Put a generous amount of hot glue on the plate
- Place the magnifying glass in the hot glue (quickly before it dries!)
- Put more hot glue all around the magnifying glass on the plate for more support
- Hold the magnifying glass in place until the glue dries
- Cover the plate with fake snow! It looks like he’s on a little hill covered in snow.
- Place the Elf on the Shelf’s arms around the magnifying glass, as pictured. If your Elves hands are still connected, like ours, consider sliding the handle through his arms before gluing the magnifying glass down. Or, if your magnifying glass is small enough, his arms might be able to stretch right around the glass after it is glued in place.
Don’t worry about ruining a good magnifying glass! What I love about hot glue, especially in this case, is that it can be pulled right off when needed.
More Christmas Craft Ideas for Kids
- Wash Cloth Reindeer
- Mason Jar Lid Snow Globe
- Paper Plate Lollipops
- Candy Train
- Snow Globe Gum Ball Machine