Elf Bookmark

Make reading even more fun with this adorable and simple Elf Bookmark craft. What a great way to encourage good reading habits with your kids! 

Elf Bookmark

feature image: Elf bookmark on page and one elf bookmark flatlay

We are in such an elf-y mood after making our Elf Paper Bag Puppets, so we decided to trade out our many bookmarks composed of random pieces of paper for this adorable and unique Elf Bookmark.

Your kids will love reading time, even more, when they mark their place with their new little buddy. I mean, how cute is this little elf just hugging your book pages? Adorable and easy too!

For more holiday craft ideas, check out these Elf and Reindeer Paper Puppet Crafts

How to Make an Elf Bookmark


Crafts supplies to make an elf bookmark for any book page
  • Construction paper
  • Red, brown, and black sharpies/markers
  • Black gel pen
  • Craft glue
  • Pencil
  • Scissors


Step 1

Pull out your construction paper and choose your colors for this project. You will need one sheet of each of the following colors: pink, green, red, yellow, black, and white. Now that you have picked your colors, begin tracing the template patterns (head, hat, outfit, sleeves, hands, stockings, shoes, etc.) on the construction paper. Once you have finished tracing, you can cut out the traced patterns nicely. 

Step 2

Once each of the pieces have been cut out, you can start gluing your elf together. Start with gluing the shoe cutouts on either side of the stocking cutouts. Then stick the hand cutouts on either side of the sleeve cutouts. Grab a red sharpie or marker and draw the striped patterns on the stockings. 

Step 3

Grab the pieces that make up the hat (the base, trim, and pom pom). Glue the zigzag trim along the bottom side of the hat base. Then attach the pom pom cutout on the tip of the hat base.

Step 4

Next you will use a brown sharpie or marker to draw and fill the hair part on the top side of the head cutout.  

Step 5

Now, glue the hat on the top side of the head cutout. Make sure you leave some of the hair visible. Next glue the leg cutouts on the back of the bottom side of the body base cutout. 

Step 6

Next you will glue the neck trim onto the top side of the body base. Above that you will then glue the head. 

Step 7

Glue the arms to the body. Only apply the glue to the shoulders, leaving the rest of the arm and hands to move. Make sure to keep each arm facing the inside of the body pattern.

Step 8

Grab your black gel pen to draw the eyes, nose and mouth of the elf. 

Step 9

And just like that, you have an adorable Elf Book Mark buddy. To use the elf papercraft figure as a bookmark, slide a page under the elf’s arms. Make sure to keep the page between the body and the arms.

Tips and Tricks

  • Play around with different colored construction paper and sharpies to create elves unique to you!
  • Grab some Wiggle Googly Eyes with Self-Adhesive to add more character and fun to your bookmark.
  • Glue a popsicle stick to the back of your Elf Book Mark to transform it into an Elf Puppet!

More Elf Bookmark Ideas

Adapt any of these following papercraft puppets to create a variety of bookmark buddies for your kids to choose from! 

Try even making some of this delicious 3-Ingredient Toffee as a yummy snack for reading time. Just remember to have fun and enjoy creating memories with your child as you craft and bake together.

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How Do I Print A PDF?

You’ll need a program that supports PDFs. Adobe Acrobat is a great option. Open the program, click file then print. Select your printer and the number of copies you want to print. Be sure you click double-sided if you want it to print on both sides. 

Can I Resell These?

You may not resell any printable or template that you find on our website or in our resource library. You may use them for class parties, at church, at home, or in the classroom. You may get these printed at an office supply store or copy center at your own expense.

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