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Guest Post: Elf Tepee by RedTedArt

I am beyond giddy to be hosting my first Guest Post – and by the awesome Maggy of RedTedArt. Maggie is an unstoppable genius when it comes to Kids Crafts – I am in awe of what she creates with and for her two children. She even has a craft book coming out in the near future – as soon as I know you’ll know ok!!

I am in love with this enchanting and winsome little craft Maggy created especially for MollyMoo – I know where I’m heading next weekend with my little fairy loving 6yo …. into the woods hunting for acorns :D

….take it away RedTed


It is wonderful to be here today and sharing a Guest Post with you all. I love MollyMoo’s wonderful website and ventures (The International Children’s Gallery is simply the best!). I am Maggy and normally you will find me over at Red Ted Art getting crafty with my kids, or over at Life At The Zoo doing all sorts of other things with my kids. But today, I am here, with you!

And I am sharing one of our favourite Autumn activities with you: Elf Houses (or in this case Tepee!!!) and Autumn Elves!

Jump On for all the gorgeous details and photographs…..

1)     Walk & Collect: The first thing you need to do… is go on a nice long walk, find some sticks, pinecones, stones – whatever “Autumn” things you can get your hands on – but above all look for some acorns! (We have little Nature Bags that we made, that we LOVE to fill with our collections!)

2)     Location. Location. Location: When you come home find a little corner in your garden that is nice and peaceful and quiet, or fill a pot with earth as a small indoor elf garden and then get crafty!

This year we decided to make an Elf Tepee! We had lots of sticks gathered and long thin leaves from a palm tree. The main thing about making elf home is that you look at what you have and get creative. You can have walls made from bark or sticks, or weave in the leaves you have collected, like we did today.

3)     Tepee Frame: Take four long sticks and stand them in the ground to form a square. Then take a long leaf (or bit of garden string if you were not able to find one) and tie them together close to the top (see diagram).

4)     Tepee Canvas: Next start weaving your leaves in and out between the sticks – it doesn’t have to be perfect… the elves won’t mind. If you can’t find long leaves like ours, patch up the sides of your tepee with the largest leaves you can find, using any long stems to tie them onto your tepee poles. Or make a proper “canvas” by threading leaves together – check out this Leaf Crown to see how you can use the leaf steam as kind of pin.

5)     Decorate & Furnish: Now it’s time for some landscaping :) Pinecone work great for making little fences, stones for stepping stone paths, a large flat stone can serve as a table and acorn caps (with the point bit cut off), make great soup bowls – get an adult to help with the cutting part. Find flowers and leaves to make the scene even prettier.

6)     Elves & Elf Animals: We made some little acorn animals last year. They are very simple to make – you will need acorns and some twigs, plus something pointy to help make little holes for the twigs to go in – again some adult help is needed to make the holes. Same goes for the elf people – find an acorn with it’s “hat” still attached, as well as a body acorn and lots of twigs. Make holes for the neck, arms and legs and then put them together using your twigs.
You’re Done! Soooo cute!
(We got carried away and made an acorn baby and a conker shell cot too)


What else can YOU make from your Autumn finds? Maybe a chestnut bear? or an acorn mouse? Maybe your elves would like some little leaf beds and bark pillows? 
Just let your imagination be your guide

I do hope you are inspired to have a go! And do share your photos with MollyMoo on Facebook and Red Ted Art on Facebook – we would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see your creations!


Previous Fairy Posts
Button House For Fairies
The Fairies Have Moved In (fairy doors)
Our Night Time Fairy
We LOVE Fairies


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