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Have you heard of the “Elfing” your neighbor tradition? If not, it’s a fun family tradition that you may want to start this year! Elfing involves creating a small gift in the form of a bag or basket using holiday themed items or treats and leaving it on a neighbor’s porch. The trick is to leave the gift so that they have no clue who “elfed” them. This tradition is a fun activity in which the entire family can participate. Kids especially love this activity, and it gets them included in the positive feelings associated with giving. Elfing doesn’t have to be limited to neighbors! Maybe you’d like to “elf” a co-worker or perhaps teachers at your child’s school?
Creating a small gift for an “Elfing” tradition doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Here’s how to easy assemble an Elfing Neighbor Basket, as well as a DIY Monogram plaque gift idea that you can include in the basket. The plaque can be decor or an ornament and adds a little crafty to your Christmas!
Assembling the basket or bag:
Begin by purchasing the items for the basket or bag. If you’re making multiple elfing gifts, gift bags will be the least expensive option. American Greetings from Walmart has a large variety of gift bags, greeting cards, tissue paper, gift wrap, stickers, ribbon, and bows to help create a fantastic elfing gift!
Next, print off the free Elfing printable to include in your gift. It includes a poem and a small sign for the recipient to hang on their door after they have been “Elfed!”
If using a basket or a bag, scrunch up a plain colored American Greetings tissue paper in the bottom of the basket for support.
For a basket, place a decorative or colored piece of American Greetings tissue paper over the scrunched up paper, and tuck it in neatly.
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Pack the items in the basket, starting with the largest item in the back and working your way up front to the smaller items. M&M’s Fun Size items are tasty for everyone!
Since we are a crafting family, we always enjoy making a small personalized item to go along with gifts. These DIY Monogram Decor pieces can also double as an ornament if you glue a ribbon on the back. Take the first letter of the recipient’s last name and make a fun piece.
- Small wooden rectangle
- Acrylic paint in various colors
- Removable vinyl
- Transfer tape
- Cricut Explore Air 2 or other cutting machine
- Scraper for adhering vinyl
- Optional for ornament: hot glue gun, hot glue sticks, 6″ of ribbon
Paint the rectangle and let it dry for at least 24 hours.
Create your design in your software for your cutting machine. In my case, I’m using Cricut Design Space.
Cut the design out of vinyl. It doesn’t matter what color vinyl; it will be covered with paint!
Using the transfer tape, adhere the vinyl to the transfer tape and then the transfer tape to the wooden rectangle. The vinyl is acting like a stencil.
Use the scraper to remove any air bubble close to the edges of the letter and design. Make sure the edges are tight against the wood to lessen the chances of the paint seeping under the vinyl.
Paint over the vinyl. Let it dry completely before removing. Multiple paint coats make be needed, but do not remove the vinyl until you have done all that you need.
Remove the vinyl. If you want to make it into an ornament, hot glue a piece of ribbon to the back of the rectangle.
Add the item in the gift bag or basket with the other Elfing goodies!
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Who would you Elf this year?