Cute Paper Cup Elf Craft for Kids (Free printable template!)

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This adorable elf craft is made from a paper cup! We love reusing items in our crafts around here. And this is a great Christmas craft for kids.

paper cup elf craft

Making this fun paper cup elf craft is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.

It’s easy and doesn’t require any special skills, so anyone can do it.

Plus, it’s a lot of fun to make these little elves and see how they turn out.

It’s a great Christmas craft kids will love and we made it super easy with a free elf template.


To make this little elf you’ll need the following materials and supplies:

Colored craft paper: We used a skin tone color, and Christmas colors like red and green. You’ll also need a separate color for their hair.

Elf template: You can grab the free printable elf template at the end of this tutorial.

Craft paint: We like acrylic for kids crafts like this.

Paper cup: We used a basic 8 oz paper cup we had.

You’ll also need other basic supplies like

  • A paint brush
  • Pencil
  • Glue stick or craft glue
  • Black marker

How to Make a Paper Cup Elf

To start making your paper elf craft, grab your supplies and print out the elf template.

paper elf craft template pieces

Start by deciding which colors you want to use for your elf. The elf template we have includes patterns for the elf’s head, hair, hat base, hat border, hat pom pom, and the outer and inner ears and the checks.

Trace all the pieces onto your colored pieces of paper and cut them out.

Or print them out and color them in and cut out all the pieces.

paper elf hat

Then grab the two hat pieces and attach the border to the hat base along the curved side.

assembling paper elf hat

Then attach the circle cut out, the pom pom to the tip of the hat.

making paper elf head

Next, attach the inner ear pieces to the out ear pieces. Then attach the hair piece to the top side of the head.

making paper elf head

Next, attach the ears to the sides of the elf’s head and glue on the cheeks.

putting hat on paper elf head

And attach his hat.

paper elf face with hat

Finally, using the black marker, draw a cute face on your elf.

empty paper cup

Next, grab a paper cup. Make sure there’s no debris and that it’s fairly clean.

painted cup

If it’s a colorful cup, paint a base coat of white paint first and allow it to dry completely.

Then paint the entire cup green, or whatever color you’d like the body to be.

We added a red “belt” to the bottom of the cup with a strip of paint. You could also glue a strip of construction paper to make the best too.

paper cup elf

With the cup turned upside down, glue the elf’s head to the top of the paper cup.

And that’s it. Your paper cup elf craft is all finished!

paper elf craft
paper elf craft

Grab the Elf Template

To grab the printable elf template, put your email in the box below. We’ll send it straight to your inbox.

We’ll also let you know when we have other awesome craft freebies.

paper cup elf craft
Yield: 1 Elf

Paper Cup Elf Craft

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This cute paper cup elf craft is a easy Christmas craft that's fun to do with the kids. Grab the free template to make it even easier.


  • Colored craft paper
  • Elf craft template
  • Paper cup
  • Craft paint


  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Black marker


  1. Grab and print out the craft template. Then choose your colors and grab the colored craft paper. Cut out all the template pieces in your chosen colors.
  2. Grab the hat border and attach it to the hat base.
  3. Attach the pom pom to the tip of the hat.
  4. Attach the inner ears to the outer ears, and the hair piece to the top of the elf's head.
  5. Glue the ears onto either side of the head and attach the cheeks to the bottoms side of the face.
  6. Attach the hat.
  7. Draw a cute face onto the elf with a black marker.
  8. Grab an empty paper cup.
  9. If it's colorful, coat it with a base coat of white paint and allow to dry completely.
  10. Then paint the cup the body color of your elf. We used green.
  11. You can add a stripe to the bottom to look like a belt using a strip of paper or paint.
  12. With the cup upside down, attach the elf's head to the "bottom" now top side of the cup.
  13. Enjoy your elf craft creation!


You can use this paper cup elf as Christmas decor or to hang up on the Christmas tree as an ornament.

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One Comment

  1. You are so talented. All your crafts are wonderful. I can’t wait to do these with my grandkids. I will make some felt crafts myself when I find the time. Thank you so much for your generosity.

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