Who else is starting to craft for the holidays? Each year we do the Elf on the Shelf tradition. I will admit, I don’t usually go all out with our elf, Zings. He mainly just moves from place to place for the kids to find. However, I do like to do something really special for when he returns each year. In past years he has brought a little present for the kids, made them a special breakfast, or shared a special message with them. This year, I thought it would be fun to create a special door for him to arrive.

Elf on the Shelf Door with free printable North Pole background - part of Miniatures.com

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The door kit comes with the door and a platform, plus screws to attach the back of the platform to the base.

Enchanted Elf Door Vignette Kit - Miniatures.com


I also chose some other items from the store to accessorize my door with.

Elf on the Shelf Door accessories - Miniatures.com

I started by painting the platform for the door. I used white acrylic paint on the base, with gold paint around the bottom edges. I did two light coats. Once it was dry, I added three coats of glitter paint over the top, to make it look more like snow. Then, I painted the background piece gold.

Paint parts of elf door kit

To paint the actual door, I started by painting the edges and cross pieces white. Once that had fully dried, I added in the red carefully with a small paintbrush.

Paint elf door red and white

The stand comes pre-drilled so it was very easy to assemble. Simply fasten the base to the back with the two provided screws. I found it easier to paint everything first and then assemble it.

Assemble platform for elf door

I wanted my door to be able to open and shut, so I added some hinges I purchased at the hardware store. I pre-drilled holes in both the door and the platform.

Pre-drill holes for hinges

The screws were a tiny bit too long, so I used some tiny gold brads and cut off the extra piece that holds the brad to the paper.

Trim back pieces off brads

I attached the remaining piece over the screw sticking out with hot glue.

Use hot glue to attach brad top over screws

Using the hot glue gun, I attached the door handle, wreath, garland, and some red ribbon bows to the front of the door.

Enchanted Elf Door with wreath

I attached the elf mat and tree to the base of the door with hot glue.

Elves welcome mat - Miniatures.com

I wanted to be able to have the door open to a scene from the North Pole.

Scene to the North Pole behind Elf on the Shelf door

So, I created this free printable to cut out and attach behind the door.

Free Printable Elf on the Shelf Door Background

Download: Elf on the Shelf Door Background

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I trimmed around the Merry Christmas banner and added it to the top of the door background.

Merry Christmas banner - Miniatures.com

Now, our elf is ready to come visit us after Thanksgiving!

Elf on the Shelf Door - perfect way to welcome your elf back

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