Elf on the Shelf Idea- Tutu

Elf Tutu

elf on shelf tutu

Elf on the Shelf Idea- Tutu. You see my daughter saw an elf on the shelf with a tutu which lead I want one. I looked at the price and decided she was not getting one. I mean why would I spend $5 when I can spend less than $1. I decided I could make an elf tutu.  I do not even sew but I thought it would be more fun to make one and it only took a couple of minutes. I let my daughter pick out the elf tutu colors and we headed out to the craft store.

elf on shelf

You will need:

  • 1/4 yard of tulle in whatever colors you wish! $.56
  • scissors
  •  ribbon it was $.33 a spool

elf on shelf

Measure the ribbon my encircling the elf’s waist.

Then cut the ribbon so you have enough to tie it once you create the tutu

elf tutu

Cut the tulle in 6 inch strips

Then you will fold it over and knot it

You will continue to do so until you have covered the ribbon.

elf tutu


I think I am going to make a matching tutu for my little girl you can do that as well by following our how to make a tutu post. I may even make one for myself.. ha ha in our how to make a tutu for adults post we tell you how.


Have you seen our elf calendar of ideas? Or need more elf on the shelf ideas we have those too.

If you have a sense of humor look at our Adult Elf on the shelf Ideas


  1. Kristin Welch says

    Love this idea! We are doing Elf on the Shelf for our 3yr old for the first time this year; will definitely be adding a tutu to ours! Thanks for the idea!

  2. Carley G says

    We haven’t done the Elf, because, according to my youngest “It’s not pretty”, lol. The tutu would be great!

  3. Lisa G says

    What a great idea! I have a few friends I need to tell about this. My friends kids wanted a girl elf, so maybe this would help!! :)

  4. Teresa P says

    Honestly, I’m glad my kids are older.. the elf on the shelf kind of freaks me out but the tutu really does help make it less freaky.

  5. Darla Laughlin says

    that’s creative but it seems like so much extra work for such a tiny thing. being a grown up isn’t as fun as being a kid. I bet my 10 year old daughter would jump on a project like this, but me, I’d feel like I didn’t accomplish enough. I wish I could appreciate this more for myself. I admire all of you who can.

  6. Lori Walker says

    This is a great idea, a frugal and easy idea for dressing up your mischievous little Elf. With all of these great ideas the family Elf on the Shelf will have a life of it’s own and become real fun during the Holidays! Thanks!

  7. Linda Treadwell says

    What a cute idea. It’s the same basics for making netted Christmas trees I used to make with my mom in the 60′s. Cool.

  8. cortney walls says

    This is super cute! I have never done the ‘Elf on the Shelf” but my son wants to start this year, so thank you for all of the ideas!!

  9. Courtney says

    What a great idea! We just started the Elf on the Shelf tradition and so far, my boys love it! They have really looked forward to waking up every morning to see where “Jack” will be next!

  10. michelle koerner says

    I only recently figured out what elf on the shelf is… i guess i am slow on the bandwagon, lol. but this is a cute idea… and FYI you can make child (or adult!) sized tutus the same way, or replace the ribbon with elastic.

  11. Andrea F. says

    Love this!! Now I can have a female or a male elf!! The kids will never know which on will come!!! Thank you!!!

  12. Alicia Som says

    That’s a great way to personalize an Elf! I love it, you could make different ones and change them! Great idea!!

  13. stephanie ubiera says

    im going to be honest. I thought that elf was creepy as hell,but you found a way for me to like the thing! lol too cute,and good job on the tutu. You for sure are craftier than I.

  14. Libby's Library says

    How funny – I was looking at the Elf on the Shelf clothing and thinking that there is no way that I would pay that much money for a tiny skirt, so I pulled out some tulle and made some tutu’s this morning.

  15. Andria Bonbright says

    LOVE the idea for the tutu and more importantly, that it costs less than $1.
    This helps a lot. Tots cute!!

  16. Delana Coley DeFore says

    I don’t have children so Elf on the Shelf isn’t something I do, but you have great ideas. Makes me want to buy one just for me.

  17. Jennifer Cotten says

    Giving our 3.5 year old grand daughter an elf on the shelf this year. This will be a cute addition to her set.

  18. Emma Arnold says

    What a fantastic idea! I’m so going to do this the kids will definitely get a kick out of it . Thanks for posting!

  19. Jenni says

    that’s too cute!!! We don’t havde an elf on the shelf doll, but would be a great idea for my girls baby dolls or teddy bears, thanks so much for sharing :)

  20. Danielle Lindquist says

    Haha the tutu is amazing!! We’ve never owned one of these little elf guys but I know my kids would love it!! I love seeing all these awesome and funny ideas, this thing just cracks me up

  21. natalie nunez says

    Love it and the link to more ideas we have an elf on the shelf and a christopher popin kins and this is our first yr so I need all the helo I can get

  22. T'onna says

    Your elf looks so cute in her new tutu! I have a girl elf, and she definitely needs a skirt or something… Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday!!

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