Countdown the days until Christmas with this fun paper chain craft. Elf on the Shelf countdown to Christmas ideas including how to make a paper chain and hang on a celling fan. New creative, funny, and original Elf on the Shelf Ideas daily.
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Paper chain countdowns are perfect for counting down the days until Christmas. Knowing how many nights will occur until a big event is exciting and something visual your child can see.
What is a paper chain countdown?
A paper chain countdown is a craft where a child can easily see “time fly.” it is made of paper rings attached together. Each ring represents a new day. As each day goes by, your child will have fun taking off a ring watching the chain get shorter until the day of the big event… in this case, Christmas day!
Elf on the Shelf Paper Chain Countdown to Christmas
In this fun countdown Elf on the Shelf idea, Elf brings a paper chain. Part of the paper chain is elevating Elf on the fan, the other part is a countdown to Christmas.
- The Elf on the Shelf Doll
- 9×12 Construction paper (various colored paper)
- Optional: paper cutter
How do you make a paper countdown chain?
To make paper chains, start with one piece of construction paper. Lay the paper vertical and cut a strip every 2 inches. This will give you a total of 6 pieces per sheet of 9×12 construction paper. Repeat for the next color.
You can decide how many paper strips to make. For our example, we used 15 to hang Elf on the Shelf from the ceiling fan and 3 to countdown the days until Christmas.
Being with the first loop. Connect two ends together and tape them to create a loop. Get the next strip and loop it through the first loop. Connect so two chains are connected. Repeat this pattern alternating colors until you have a chain length you are happy with.
Connect the top loop to the top of the fan with tape. Drape your chain over the blades. Carefully insert Elf into the bottom loop of your chain.
Next make the countdown part of your chain. Add numbers to count down the days. In our example, we started with one and counted down to 3 to create 3 days of chains to take off as your child count downs the days until Christmas.
In order to hold on to those countdown paper chains, you want a wired Elf on the Shelf doll that can bend. You can do that easily with our no-sew bendable Elf on the Shelf directions. You can also tape Elf’s arms until the countdown to Christmas paper chain.
Does my Elf on the Shelf have to in place the entire countdown?
You Elf on the Shelf can move the next day. Simply relocate the countdown to a place your child can access until Christmas day.
Elf on the Shelf Countdown Ideas
There are plenty of ways to countdown the days until Christmas. Take a look at these Christmas countdown ideas with Elf on the Shelf.
Elf on the Shelf Quarantine Countdown: if you are looking for quarantine Elf ideas, a mason jar countdown is perfect for remaining safe during a pandemic!
Miniature Elf on the Shelf Countdown Printable: print this adorable free Elf on the Shelf printable, a miniature paper chain.
LEGO Countdown: use LEGO pieces and a green LEGO plate to countdown the days until December 25th!
Elf on the Shelf Printables
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Advent Calendar Countdown
An excellent way to countdown the days until Christmas are with Advent Calendar Bible Verses for Kids. These are very cute with Elf and remind your child the reason for the season by sharing the story of Christmas and the birth of baby Jesus.
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