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Do you have an Elf?  Do you wake up in a cold sweat the entire month of December because you forgot to move your Elf?  Are you dreading the day that your friend from the North Pole?  If you have answered yes to any of those questions, then this is the post for you.  I have been in the Elf game for a LONG time.  Some might say too long based on the age of the kids.  Those some would be me by the way.  If you remember, last year I gave you a round-up of all my Elf on the Shelf ideas from years past.  I don’t want to brag, but I consider myself a bit of an Elf expert.

After last year’s post, I got a lot of questions about how I make my Elf’s do certain things.  How do you position his arms, where did you find all of the props, how do you make things stick to him.  Today I am here to share all my secrets with you so you can make all of your kids Elf dreams come true.  My top 3 tricks are wiring the arms for poses that stick, glue dots to allow your Elf to hold things, and miniatures for your props.

 How to wire an Elf on the Shelf's arm for positioning
 how to use glue dots to position your elf

I thought it would be easier to show you how to do some of these things rather than trying to explain them to you, so I filmed a tutorial video on some of my tips and tricks.

As I said, I have been in the Elf game a long time and when I started they did not make all of the accoutrements that they make now.  My go-to sources for all of the props that I use are local craft stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby, Etsy, and then just regular retailers like Target.  If you are shopping at your local craft store, then hit up the dollhouse or miniatures section and you will find all kinds of awesome props.  I am going to source some awesome props and kits for your Elf, but if you really just want to not have to worry about anything, you HAVE to check out this Elf in the Shelf complete activity kit.