I know that everyone is all about the Elf on the Shelf, but I am not getting one, ever. The elves should be invisible, not ransacking the refrigerator only to be found stuffed and messy under the kitchen table, just my opinion. I just know that both of my kids would pick up that Elf on the shelf doll and give it a good once over, they would destroy the mystery and excitement of Santa and his elves. I want my kids to believe in the magic that surrounds Christmas for as long as possible and that means that I need to be creative.
I cannot even remember where I came up with this idea, I may have seen something somewhere that sparked my creative juices, but I have no idea where. Anyway, I got online and started looking for dollhouse doors, knowing that I wanted an outside entrance as well as one in the house. Did you know that dollhouse items are in different sizes? I did not, but I do now, and thankfully I paid enough attention that I ordered doors that were the same scale. I bought doors that are 1/12th scale and they are the perfect size. You can go smaller if you wish or even a bit bigger. Ebay has a large selection and the lovely lady I bought these from even sent me some extras, she was very sweet.
I was excited when the doors came in and the kids were curious about why I was painting these little doors. I explained that Santa Claus needed for me to have some doors ready for the elves to put in, they needed to be able to get in and out of the house.
I adhered the doors using a strong craft glue so that the kids would not be able to pull the doors off (these are up all year long) and so far so good. I did tell RJ and Lily that only the elves have the keys that can open the doors and that if the doors are broken the elves will not be able to come into the house. Since we do not have a fireplace I explained that the elves help Santa by opening the door for him, but they need to go in their little doors first.