Draw Elf On The Shelf: Step 9

Draw Elf on the Shelf

Children can learn to draw an elf on the shelf by following the demonstration images in this easy guide.

Have fun with this simple step by step lesson for learning how to draw an elf on the shelf. This easy elf on the shelf tutorial is perfect for fairly young kids looking to get started with drawing.

All drawing steps are included here which make it fun and easy to follow! Expect this drawing to last about 30 minutes, but the art-making process may actually take longer if a background is added as well.

Enjoy the process of learning to draw an elf on the shelf. Go beyond the lesson…don’t forget to add some personal details. Don’t forget about the free PDF guide.


  • Pencil
  • Drawing Paper
  • Crayons or Colored Pencils
  • Black Marker (optional)
  • Draw Elf on the Shelf Printable PDF (see bottom of lesson)
Draw Elf On The Shelf: All Steps

By the end of this lesson we will complete a drawing of an elf on the shelf by drawing one part at a time. This project will take 9 steps in total as we continue to draw each area moving closer to the completed work of art. The final work of art will be finished off with color resulting in a work of art you will be proud to show off!

Time Needed: 30 minutes

  1. Form The Head

    Draw Elf On The Shelf: Step 1

    First, draw a U-shaped line. Then, attach two small C-shaped to form the ears.

  2. Draw The Face

    Draw Elf On The Shelf: Step 2

    Now, draw two shaded circles for the eyes. Next, add a dot for the nose and a line curving upwards for the mouth.

  3. Add The Elf Hat

    Draw Elf On The Shelf: Step 3

    Start by drawing the hat’s base on the elf’s head. Then, form the triangular shape of the elf’s long pointy hat.

  4. Outline The Hair

    Draw Elf On The Shelf: Step 4

    Outline the elf’s hair below the hat similar to the illustration.

  5. Form The Torso

    Draw Elf On The Shelf: Step 5

    Draw a zigzag shape to form the elf’s collar. Then, outline the torso using two vertical lines.

  6. Attach The Arms

    Draw Elf On The Shelf: Step 6

    Now, draw the shape of the elf’s arms attached to the torso. Don’t forget to draw a diagonal line near the end of each arm to form the hands.

  7. Add The Legs

    Draw Elf On The Shelf: Step 7

    Next, add the elf’s curving legs attached to the bottom of its body.

  8. Draw A Shelf

    Draw Elf On The Shelf: Step 8

    Let’s draw a shelf for the elf to sit on by creating a rectangular box.

  9. Complete The Elf On The Shelf Drawing

    Draw Elf On The Shelf: Step 9

    Let’s add some color to our drawing of the elf on the shelf! First, use a white crayon to color the collar and the base of its hat. Next, color the top part of the hat and the rest of the elf’s clothes with a red crayon. Now, use a peach crayon to color the head and hands. Then, use a brown crayon to shade the shelf.

Draw Elf on the Shelf PDF Download

Click the link below to view or download this drawing lesson. The PDF is a printable drawing lesson for Draw Elf on the Shelf. The last page of the downloadable PDF includes a coloring book page with just the outlines and an extension exercise for prompting kids to get creative!

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