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elf on the shelf mail {a magical diy}

October 12, 2013

Last year, around the middle of October, the kids got a letter from their Elf on the Shelf with a picture enclosed.  It was a fun reminder of the magic of the season for me and for them.  And, it was the reminder to behave.  Now, I can’t say that if it helped the behavior greatly or not (probably not), but it definitely gave wow, awe, and excitement.

I thought I would do something similar this year and scheduled it right before my husband and I went on a little anniversary trip, sans kids.  A little reminder to behave from someone other than the parents couldn’t hurt, right?  This time our Elf (Goley Soley, named by Moira 2 years ago) sent a special letter and a pine cone from the North Pole.

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If your Elf needs some help with the letter, this is what to do–Paint a wooden spool.  Cut some strips of paper to the size for wrapping around the spool.  Get some wash tape.

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Connect the strips of paper using the washi tape.  Write the special message on the inside of the paper.

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Hot glue the end of the paper, on the inside, to the spool.  Wrap it around the spool and fasten the end with another piece of washi.

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Address a small muslin bag (or something similar) and put an Elf-Stamp on it.  Make sure it arrives in the mail.

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Then, grab a camera and capture the wonder in the little ones’ eyes when they see that a magical little package has arrived from that magical little friend.

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magic-pine-cone

That glittery pine cone from the North Pole might be this little girl’s favorite little thing right now!

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