What do you do to get your kids excited for the holidays? We have all kinds of traditions at our house. One of which is our Elf on the Shelf. This seems to be a super hot topic lately, and I know this tradition is not for everyone, but we love our elf dearly. He is funny and cute and hardly ever mischievous. Originally we had our elf and an advent calendar, but last year I combined the two and it is has been so much fun!
I received sample products to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.
Our elf now brings fun activities or ideas for family fun with him each day. For example, in the past our elf would move to a funny location AND I would plan a movie and hot chocolate night for our advent calendar. Now I just have our elf hang out on top of the BluRay player holding a box of hot chocolate!
I love to use this opportunity to remind my kids the true meaning of the holidays. Our elf loves to bring ingredients to make cookies for a neighbor, or a note about heading to the mall to shop for a giving tree. It is such a fun way to get my kids excited and thinking about others. I decided to get my craft on using my Silhouette Cameo to create this fun advent/elf activity for my kids this year.
This project was so intimidating, but I am happy to say that it really was so simple to make!
Start by selecting your shapes. I recommend starting out with shapes from the Silhouette store labeled Print And Cut. I knew I wanted my tic tac toe pieces to be holiday themed so I started there. I chose this cute cat and moose.
Create a new file with “Show Registration Marks” check in the registration marks options panel. This allows your Silhouette to cut on the exact lines you printed.
I made my tic tac toe board by using the rectangle drawing tool located on the left of your document screen. Once you have the rectangles drawn highlight all your bars, right click and select merge. This will join the shapes so you can cut them as a unit. I filled mine with a dark red to match my shapes. Once my board was sized I made sure my game pieces were sized correctly to fit inside my squares. The grid on your screen makes this really easy!
Go ahead and print your images on your home printer onto the Silhouette’s Printable Magnet Paper. Make sure to print to the white side.
Once printed, place your printed magnet paper on your cutting mat just like it is shown on your screen. Change your cut settings to Printable Magnet Paper and adjust your blade to the appropriate setting. Click cut!
Peel your images and start playing! This is perfect for your refrigerator door or on an chalk board wall like shown here.
The packet of Printable Magnet Paper comes with four sheets, it would be really easy to make an extra game to have your kids doorbell ditch (ring the doorbell and run) a friend. A perfect simple but fun surprise!