Build A Buddy the Elf Printable

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This Build a Buddy the Elf printable is a fun paper craft for Christmas and a great way to keep the kids entertained while they wait for Santa!

Simply print the free paper elf template, cut the pieces out and stick them together to build Buddy the Elf!

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Free Printable Template - Build a Buddy the Elf

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Build A Buddy the Elf Printable

My Christmas characters, including this adorable elf, have been featured in festive printables over the years, but I’ve never turned them into buildable crafts… until now!

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear! If you love the movie Elf, then you have to download and make your own this Christmas!

This post is part of Create the Holidays – a series of festive recipes, crafts, printables, and more on The Purple Pumpkin Blog! Look at the previous years here: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012.

Introducing Buddy the Elf!

Buddy the Elf Minifig

If you are a regular on my blog you’ll notice that my characters have a cute chubby style, and if they are animals they are anthropomorphic, which basically means that they have human traits – like standing on two legs instead of four. They get names too!

As with [most of] my printables, they are available in two paper sizes – A4 and US Letter (8.5″ x 11″)

Download your chosen printable from the list further down the page (they’re surrounded by a purple box), and print onto thick paper or thin card. Cut the pieces out, then build Buddy the Elf!

Included with this printable elf craft are the following pieces:

  • Body (with eyes, mouth, nose, and rosy cheeks)
  • Arms
  • Feet
  • Hat
  • Jacket
  • Belt
  • Leggings
Free Printable Build A Buddy The Elf

I’ve created two sizes for Buddy the Elf: Regular size, which is what you see above, with all of the pieces on one sheet of paper; and Large size with bigger pieces spread over several sheets.

The regular-size printable is for children that are more skilled at cutting. The large size should be a lot easier for younger children. Or you could cut them out for them. Of course, you know your children, so will know what suits them best!

Buddy the Elf Large Printable
Buddy the Elf Paper Cut Pieces

You can stick the pieces together if you wish using glue or tape. Or you could use a laminator and laminate the pieces and use them over and over again.

You could mount Buddy onto a larger piece of construction paper and use other craft materials to embellish it – furry material, glitter glue, googly eyes, sequins, buttons, or tissue paper, for example.

Most of all, just have fun with this printable!

Assembled Buddy the Elf Paper Printable

Handy Crafting Supplies (on Amazon) to Build-an Elf

If you are short on space to store stuff, why not invest in a craft tote to keep everything together and stash away when not in use? There are many different sizes and styles, so buy one (or two) to suit your needs. I have a couple of these totes just for pens and pencils!

Build a buddy the elf printable

Build A Buddy the Elf Downloads

Paper Buddy the Elf Template Large

Paper Buddy The Elf Template Regular

(Download links open in a new tab/window)

Other Christmas & Winter Characters in This Series

For added fun, you could mix up the different elements to create completely new characters!

Other Buildable Characters!

I not only have buildable animals but lots of other buildable characters that you may like to download. These links open in the same tab/window, so just right-click to open in a new one and you’ll have them all ready to go!

Awesome free printable craft! Build a Buddy the Elf

The Create the Holidays series on The Purple Pumpkin Blog is filled with free printables, crafts, recipes, and more for Christmas and the Winter Holidays!
You can check out Create the Holidays (formerly Create Christmas) from 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016201520142013, and 2012  for tons of awesome Holiday ideas and inspiration!


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