Toilet Paper Roll Elf Craft (With Free Printable Elf Template)

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Today we are making this adorable toilet paper roll elf. It’s a fun elf craft perfect for making during the holiday season.

toilet paper roll elf

As the Christmas season comes closer and closer, more and more people are starting to get into the holiday spirit.

Some people are putting up their Christmas trees, others are buying presents, and still others are decorating their homes inside and out.

One of the most popular ways to get into the Christmas spirit is by making some Christmas crafts with the kids.

This can be anything from making building a paper gingerbread house to creating a printable Nativity scene.

One such craft that has been growing in popularity in recent years is making toilet paper roll crafts.

And these little paper roll elves are made out of just a few simple materials – toilet paper rolls, some craft paper and a bit of glue. They are so cute that kids will love them!

This is a really simple project that even kids can do with a little help from their parents.

All you need is some basic crafting supplies and about 15 minutes of your time. So let’s get started!


Elf craft template: You can grab the template at the end of this post.

Colored craft papers: We used greens, reds, skin tones, pink, yellows and black.

Toilet paper roll: The base of our elf craft.

You’ll also need some basic craft supplies like:

  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick or craft glue


Start by printing out the elf craft template and tracing out all the pieces onto your colored craft paper. You should end up with pieces that look similar to those below.

elf template pieces

The template includes the elf head, hair, hat, hat decoration, collar, collar bells, inner ears, the belt, a buckle and clothing details.

elf face template pieces

Start by attaching the inner ears to the elf’s head. Then color in the pupils of the eye pieces.

making elf face

Then attach the eyes and the hair piece to the top of the elf’s head.

making hat

Start assembling the hat by gluing the hat border to the elf hat. Make sure the pointy pieces are facing upward. Then attach a “bell” to each point of the collar piece.

making belt

Then attach the belt buckle to the belt. We put two slits on the buckle to thread the belt through it.

elf head and hat

Next attach the hat to the top of the elf’s hair.

paper elf craft project pieces

And then attach the collar, by gluing it to the back of the elf’s head.

toilet paper roll covered in green paper

To make the elf body, grab the color paper you want for his clothes. And cut a piece big enough to cover the entire toilet paper roll.

assembling elf body

Then attach the belt to the center of the covered tp roll.

toilet paper roll elf craft

Attach the elf’s head to the front of the paper roll, above the belt buckle and your cute little toilet paper roll elf craft is all finished!

toilet paper roll elf craft
elf craft
toilet paper roll elf

Aren’t they cute! I love how you can customize them by making them just by changing up the colors of the paper you are using.

Grab the Elf Craft Template

To make your own little toilet paper roll craft, grab our free printable elf template.

Put your email in the box below and we’ll send the template straight to your inbox.

These are for personal or classroom use only, please. Not for commercial use. Thank you!

toilet paper roll elf
Yield: 1 Paper Elf

Toilet Paper Roll Elf

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Estimated Cost: $

These adorable toilet paper roll elves are such a fun Christmas craft for kids. They also make cute decorations or toys to play with when they're finished.


  • Elf craft template
  • Colored craft paper
  • Toilet paper roll


  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Craft glue


  1. Print out the elf craft template. Grab the colored craft papers you plan on using. Trace template patterns onto your craft paper and cut out.
  2. Attach the inner ear pieces to the elf's head. Use a black marker to draw pupils on to the eye cutouts.
  3. Attach the hair to the top of the head and then attach the eyes.
  4. Attach the bell cutouts (small round shapes) on each of the pointy ends of the collar. Then glue the hat border along the bottom edge of the hat, keeping the pointy ends facing up.
  5. Attach the hat to your elf's head.
  6. Attach the belt to buckle. We made slits through the buckle to thread the belt through, but you don't have to.
  7. Then glue the collar to the bottom of the elf's head, on the back side, so the head overlaps the collar.
  8. Take the toilet paper roll and cover it with colored craft paper, we’re using green.
  9. Attach the belt to the center of the paper roll as well. Keep the buckle part to the front side.
  10. Attach the head on the top front of the toilet paper roll tube, right above the buckle.


Have fun choosing colors for your elf. Get as creative as you like.

toilet paper roll elf craft

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