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Inside: A complete guide to making your own magic elf moving glove! Plus, you’ll get a free SVG file to make your gloves! 

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Elf on the Shelf has become such a fun tradition for many families. And having an elf visit your home is a great way to spread the magic of Christmas throughout the month of December. 

But if you’re familiar with this magical visitor, you know that the number one rule is “no touching allowed!”

Luckily, it’s easy to move your Elf from place to place without losing its magic if you have a magic moving glove.

I’ve created a free SVG with simple craft instructions to make your own magic elf gloves to use at home, that’ll keep your elf’s magic safe. You can grab yours below!

What are the Elf on The Shelf Rules?

Before we get into how to make the gloves, here is an Elf on the Shelf rules refresher. 

  1. Don’t touch the elf! Kids can’t touch the Elf, or the Elf will lose its magic.
  2. The elf is quiet. Your Elf can’t talk or move when kids are awake, but your Elf can listen!
  3. Your elf moves at night. Your Elf will move at night, and your kids will search for it in the morning! There are lots of fun ideas 
  4. Starts after Thanksgiving: The elf tradition starts the day after Thanksgiving.
  5. Say goodbye to your fun elf on Christmas Eve: The Elf will leave to return to the North Pole with Santa on Christmas Eve.

How Do You Move Elf on the Shelf Without Losing Magic?

One of the biggest rules that comes along with inviting an elf to stay at your home is that the Elf can’t be touched. If anyone in the house touches the Elf, his or her magic is lost, and they won’t be able to fly back to the North Pole!

The key to ensuring your Elf on the Shelf keeps its magic throughout the holiday season is to make sure no one touches your friend from the North Pole. But accidents happen, which means you may need to transport your Elf from one spot to another at some point during the Christmas season.

So, how do you move your Elf on the Shelf without risking them losing their magical powers? With a magical elf moving glove!

Once you add the decorations to your glove, it becomes embedded with magical powers that let you carefully move your Elf without disturbing their magic.

Just put on the glove and move the Elf to a new location. And don’t forget to store your magical Elf moving glove in a safe place for the next time you need to rescue your adorable little friend!

What Do I Need to Make a Magic Elf Moving Glove?

Alright, now that you have a rule refresh and the SVG file, you are almost set to make your glove. You really won’t believe how easy it is to make your own Elf moving glove instead of buying an expensive one at the store! 

The holiday season is expensive enough, so save your money!

You can put the magic glove together with just a few simple supplies and your Cricut.

​Material Needed:

  • Glove. You can use any type of glove you want for this craft. I used a simple red knit glove from Dollar Tree to keep this project budget-friendly. You can also grab a pair from Amazon if you don’t want to add an extra errand to your list.
  • Elf Moving Glove SVG. The most important item you need to put this simple DIY project together is my Christmas SVG file. You can get yours by downloading it for free.
  • Vinyl. The color of your glove will help you determine what color of heat transfer vinyl you’ll need to use. Since my glove was red, I went with a white vinyl for the lettering. I love getting my vinyl from Heat Transfer Warehouse, but Amazon has some good deals, too.
  • Ribbon and bells. Decorate your magic elf glove with a little bit of ribbon and some jingle bells to add a festive holiday look to your magical glove.
  • Cricut (or Silhouette). To add the text to your glove (and give it its magic), having a Cricut is a must. You can upload this free SVG file into Design Space to use with any type of Cricut cutting machine.
Material needed for magic elf glove

How Do I Make a Magic Elf Moving Glove?

Putting together the magical gloves is so simple with the help of your Cricut! That’s because all you have to do is upload the SVG and cut out the magic words.

Start by downloading the SVG file and uploading it into Design Space.

Elf moving glove - cricut step 1

After that, measure the front of your glove to make sure the design will fit, then resize the letters if needed.

size the magic glove letters

Once you have your text sized correctly, select all the letters in the phrase and weld them together using the welding tool in the right-hand menu.

step 3. weld letters

Then, your design is ready to cut!

Send your Elf Moving Glove text to your Cricut by hitting the Make It button in the right corner.

When the cutting screen appears, make sure to check the box that says Mirror to flip the text before cutting. This will ensure your letters are facing the right way when they’re transferred to the front of your glove.

final cricut step

After the design is mirrored, set your machine to cut heat transfer vinyl, then place the vinyl on the cutting mat with the shiny side facing down.

Load the mat into the machine and cut the design.

When all the letters are clearly cut, use your weeding tool to remove the extra vinyl from around the text, then place it on top of the glove. Make sure to center the text properly before you iron it on!

elf moving glove - iron on step 1

Use your iron or Easy Press to transfer the text to the front of the glove, following the instructions on the heat transfer vinyl for using the correct heat seating.

Then, carefully remove the plastic transfer paper from the design.

elf moving glove - heat transfer step 2

Now that you have your vinyl lettering attached to the front of your glove, you can wrap up your craft project right there. But if you want to add a little more Christmas cheer to your moving glove, why not add some decorations?

Tie a bow with a piece of red and white striped ribbon, then glue it to the front of the glove. And don’t forget to add some jingle bells to the bow to finish off the design.

And there you have it! A simple, yet effective and cute glove to use for your family elf!

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Elf Moving Glove

A complete guide to making your own magic elf moving glove! Plus, you'll get a free SVG file to make your gloves! 
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • Gloves
  • White heat transfer vinyl
  • SVG file
  • Ribbon
  • Bells
  • Twine
  • Hot glue gun


  • Download the SVG file and upload the design into Design Space.
  • Measure the front of your glove and resize the text to fit the space.
  • Select all the letters in the text and weld them together.
  • Hit the Make It button. Set the machine to cut iron on vinyl and mirror the design in Design Space.
  • Load the vinyl on the cutting mat with the shiny side down and cut the design. Use your weeding tool to remove the excess vinyl from around the text.
  • Use an iron or Easy Press Mini to transfer the design to the front of the glove.
  • Tie a bow with the ribbon and thread two bells onto a piece of twine. Glue the twine to the gloves, then cover the ends of the twine with the bow.

Final Thoughts: Magic Elf Moving Glove

As we wrap up this festive guide on creating a Magic Elf Moving Glove, I hope you are filled with excitement and inspiration to start this fun project.

Not only does it add an extra layer of enchantment to the Elf on the Shelf tradition, but it also provides a practical solution for those accidental touches, ensuring that the magic of Christmas stays intact.

With your new Magic Elf Moving Glove, you’re all set to make this holiday season even more memorable for your family.

Happy crafting, and may your days be merry, bright, and filled with the joyful spirit of the season!


About Morgan Wender

I’m a boy mom, dog mom, bee mom, lover of all things Disney, and lover of making the best out of this chaotic life of mine. I created this platform to share my life, and help normalize “big topic” motherhood issues. I hope you enjoy my mix of life, love, levity, and everything in between.Now that you know a little about me, I would love to know more about you! Find me over on Instagram, and shoot me a DM if you would like to chat!the journey

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Hi, I’m Morgan! I created this platform to be able to share my life, help normalize big topic motherhood issues, and help simplify all the things I learned the complicated way. I hope you enjoy my mix of life, love, levity, and everything in between

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