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Elf Yourself, Become a Simpsons Character and Other Fun Sites

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More Fun With Sites Like Elf Yourself

Elf yourself! Become an M&M, turn yourself into a Simpsons character or South Park character, or star in your own animated e-card. There are plenty of ways to have fun (and waste time!) online. All you need is a digital photo and a few minutes of time. Find out about popular sites like Elf Yourself and then create your own virtual alter ego online. Take a look below to get started.

(Image from Elf Yourself)

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Turn Yourself Into an Elf

Become an elf and impress your friends with your dance skills

Elf Yourself is an extremely popular site that is only available during the Christmas holidays, and if you haven't discovered it yet, you must be living on an island or in a cave without Internet access. Sponsored by Office Max, the site allows you to upload one to five photos and become a dancing elf.

This year there are nine different dances featuring a variety of music, from funk and hip hop to country and disco. You can also buy products featuring your alter elf self. Get mugs, mousepads, Christmas ornaments, blankets, playing cards, puzzles and posters, as well as a DVD featuring all 8 elf dances. All of these are personalized with images of your "elf self."

JibJab, which powers Elf Yourself, also offers other animated Christmas cards and Sendables Starring You! video e-cards to which you can add your own photos.

Elf Yourself Video - An example of one family's Elf Yourself video

If you haven't seen an Elf Yourself video, check out the example below. This is the original dance offered on the site. This year you can also select from several other dances available.

JibJab became extremely popular during the 2004 election when their parody of George Bush and John Kerry singing and dancing in "This Land" became a huge hit on the web. These are also the folks behind the extremely popular Elf Yourself site. But now you don't need to wait until Christmas to stick your face in a fun animated greeting..

Their Sendables Starring You! electronic greeting cards include your own face (or someone else's) in a (typically irreverent) short video greeting. They have cards for all occasions, including birthdays and holidays. Some are free and some are available to members only ($12 for an annual membership), but all of them are great fun!

Elf Yourself and the "Starring You" videos from JibJab are loads of fun for the holidays because you can put your own face in the video. But how about making your house the star of another fun video?

Well, perhaps co-star would be a better word because Santa Claus is the real star of this video. Thanks to the magic of technology at The Santa, you can now catch Santa on video right in your own house. How fun is THAT? Your kids will be amazed to see Santa walk into your living room, family room, or wherever St. Nick delivers gifts on Christmas Eve and go about his business. You could even catch him at the office and amaze your coworkers. All you need is a photo of the place where Santa will be visiting and the ability to upload it. With realistic evidence like this, you might find yourself believing in Santa again.


Become a South Park Character

Turn yourself into one of these funky cartoon characters

Thanks to lensmaster kab, I'm adding another great site, SP Studio, where you can turn yourself into a South Park character. This flash site was developed by a German South Park fan who started in back in 2001 while still in school. You could easily waste a lot of time on this site choosing your hat, hair, eyes, mouth, and "stuff" for your character such as exotic weapons or motifs for your shirt. You can even type your own text to appear on your shirt. If you're a South Park fan, you'll love this site.


Turn Your Kids Into Their Favorite Characters

Now your kids can star in their own videos

Has your son ever dreamed of being Spider-man? Does your daughter love Dora the Explorer? Now they can star in videos with their favorite characters, thanks to Try the free demo page to make your kids the star of animated DVDs with Dora, Barney, Spider-man and Care Bears, or check out the rest of the site to see other characters and order your personalized DVD.

I ordered one of the Dora DVDs for my two-year-old's birthday, and she loved it!

Move over, Beverly Hills Chihuahua! Now anyone can make their pets talk and sing. PQ Talking Photo by PQ Computing Labs is a software program that will turn any digital image into a talking character.

You can check out samples created by other users or use the demo to create your own talking photo. Just click on the Create My Actor button to upload your photo and then follow the onscreen directions. With the full download, you can create talking photos to save to your photo album, personal page on myspace, facebook, etc, or download to your iPod, mp3 player or cell phone.

And For Offline Fun...

Cardboard cutout photo props to turn your kids into their fantasy characters

My kids love posing in cut-outs when we're visiting special places. And now you can do this at home! offers table-top photo props to turn your kids into pirates, princesses and other fun characters. And for less than $10, this is a fun way to turn your kids into their favorite characters or have fun at a birthday party.

Who or what would you like to turn into? - Let us know or just say hi!

Moviles-Baratos on January 19, 2014:

great lense , i love it thanks for sharing, keep it giong

DaileyWealth LM on December 27, 2013:

Great post :) I actually did this for Christmas and my family and friends really got a kick out of it!

eddie-lores-1 on November 28, 2013:

This is soooo much fun!!! You can be your favorite cartoons!

davenjilli lm on October 26, 2013:

this is a fun lens.

Gayle Dowell from Kansas on May 27, 2013:

Cute. I've always wondered how this was done!

CristianStan on February 27, 2013:

Haha, this site is pretty sweet, I should definitely use one of these for my profile pic on facebook

wordpress-guru on February 18, 2013:

nice lens !

chonkqa on January 30, 2013:

lol Love the elfs

barberrela on January 28, 2013:

I already belong to JibJab and have great fun making the videos to send to friends and family. Great lens.

anonymous on January 25, 2013:

Nice idea, Squidliked, G+1 and Pinned

dawnrepurposes on January 23, 2013:

I had no idea this stuff existed! How fun!

traveldestinations on January 16, 2013:

I had Elvfyourself family characters during the holiday season. It was a lot of fun.

clothing4boys on January 13, 2013:

I have turned my whole family into Elves. Boy, that was fun.

pavlo-badovskyi on January 09, 2013:

I used ElfYourself for several years to congratulate my friends. Alas it became paid this year.... Absolutely amazing application !

greentiger11 on January 07, 2013:

lol Love the elfs

D3jimmy on January 05, 2013:

Not as family fariendly but have you seen jibjab?

Lee from Derbyshire, UK on January 04, 2013:

Great lens - Elf rocks!!

Accounting-firm on January 01, 2013:

Great lens. well done and Happy new year

rawwwwwws lm on December 30, 2012:

Thanks for sharing!! :) Enjoyed passing by!

sherri-sanchez-3 on December 26, 2012:

muscle man

KimGiancaterino on December 23, 2012:

Merry Christmas Lisa!

Thamisgith on December 23, 2012:

Amazing stuff. I'm going to surprise my kids with one of these this year for sure.

Margot_C on December 21, 2012:

I've seen some of these before, but not the talking actor one. My mind is reeling with ideas for using photos of my brother (evil laugh). Thanks for sharing these.

forextrading2000 on December 20, 2012:

What an incredible lens! Lots of interesting stuff here :)

pinkrenegade lm on December 13, 2012:

I had fun reading this lens. It's so interesting! Thanks for sharing!

Auriel on December 10, 2012:

Great lens..

mistaben on December 08, 2012:

Awesome lens with many fun suggestions =)

janice-hedley1 on December 03, 2012:


opatoday on November 30, 2012:

I like this lens so much I came back

Thank You

CraftyandClever from everywhere but mostly Cali on November 28, 2012:

This sounds like a lot of laughs can't wait to try.

opatoday on November 28, 2012:

This Looks Like A BLAST

Niagara Ghosts on November 20, 2012:

Love the lens!

jadapotata on November 12, 2012:

Great lens!

AdityaAgarwal on November 08, 2012:

after such a hectic schedule your lens surely make me smile:)thanks 4 sharing

AdityaAgarwal on November 08, 2012:

after such a hectic schedule your lens surely make me smile:)thanks 4 sharing

darciefrench lm on October 29, 2012:

How fun! I would be me only better - an Elf would work just fine!

kcall_2 on October 10, 2012:

I want to dance Gangame Style.

Camden1 on October 08, 2012:

What fun sites! Pinned so that I can find this at Christmas and be the one to send cool holiday ecards this year.

jenyeates on October 07, 2012:

@sarah-baird-37: a princess

Spiderlily321 on September 24, 2012:

Very cool. Sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing

sarah-baird-37 on September 05, 2012:

A princess

burgy12 on August 27, 2012:

taylor swift

Chazz from New York on August 26, 2012:

These are such fun. I'd like a page to turn photos into super heroes and another for historic characters. But then the last thing I need is another way to feed my ADD.

MayaIxchel on August 23, 2012:

What a fun idea! I had been sent videos of my nieces as 'elves' a few years ago, but I had not idea that there were so many similar things. Thanks for sharing! Greetings from 'the land of eternal spring'!

coolmon2009 lm on August 23, 2012:

Nice lens and light-heated, made me smile.

anonymous on August 20, 2012:

:D I elfed my familiy last year ... it was lots of fun:). looking forward to something new this year. I'm thinking about snowmans or Santa

Melissa Miotke from Arizona on August 07, 2012:

This is really cute. I'd love to elf my children!

EMangl on August 04, 2012:

one of my favorite sites, i pay yearly for jibjab and many people enjoyed the cards i sent

MarcStorm LM on July 23, 2012:

I did the elf thing for some family members a couple years back and they were loving it hahaha! Glad you shared the idea so people can have a nice laugh!

flycatcherrr on July 20, 2012:

These sites are a lot of fun.

Diva2Mom on July 19, 2012:

Great lens! Way too cute! God bless.

qasimalhammad on July 15, 2012:

cool idea! to be an M&M. I wonder how I would look

Marc from Edinburgh on July 13, 2012:

Aren't these brilliant - I love the become an elf ones, the best :)

kokomagne on July 09, 2012:

interesting lens, i love the concept

mueedahmad on July 09, 2012:

Great lens with great idea.

OliviaDaughter LM on July 05, 2012:

These are so so cute. Great idea.

geoff-king-777 on July 01, 2012:

father christmas

julieannbrady on June 20, 2012:

A really long time ago, ChefKeem turned me into an elf and did a video of it! It was hilarious!

martinwilliambernardmongan on June 11, 2012:


antoniow on June 09, 2012:

Great lens!

Nora789 on June 01, 2012:


baseballchris46 on May 31, 2012:

my sister showed me this. it was sooo funny LOL

evelyn9018855 on May 28, 2012:

what fun ideas!

Auntie-M LM on May 10, 2012:

What fun ideas! Now I really can become chocolate.

biminibahamas on May 06, 2012:

Fun lens, I always yearned to become an elf, lol!

tomazg on May 04, 2012:

Hi! Turning into M&M sounds really fun!

sirvince on April 21, 2012:


Diane Cass from New York on April 10, 2012:

I love Jib Jab. I do an elf video every Christmas.

gypsykitschpres on April 10, 2012:

Oh, I totally want to be an M&M, a red maybe blue. What a fun lens! I just HAD to tweet this one to my 100,000 Twitter followers. They will love this.

anonymous on April 06, 2012:

Great Lens, I have done this and turned our family into Elves, it was wicked fun and we all had a great laugh!

rikopengal on April 02, 2012:


Annamadagan on March 24, 2012:

My mom did this for us a few years ago. It was really funny!

anonymous on March 22, 2012:

thnks.. nc u'r lens..

like back..



anonymous on March 22, 2012:

thnks.. nc u'r lens..

like back..



anonymous on March 13, 2012:

I'd rather say Hi! :)

What would I like to turn into!? - I would like to disappear and dissolve into oblivion! :))

No, I don't wanna die! (That was not implied above!)

cathylpearson on March 12, 2012:

Toy Story characters

AllanZochowski on March 12, 2012:

Irish jig dancers!

AlexTedford on March 10, 2012:

Awesome lens! I am REALLY interested by this topic...also, if you wouldn't mind, I would really appreciate if you took the time to bless my lens: ...thanks! You are one of my favorite lensmasters!

Charming_Beads on March 04, 2012:

This is a useful page for holiday greetings and entertaining yourself!

TTMall on March 02, 2012:

Great lens with excellent pictures. Thanks for sharing!

Frankie Kangas from California on February 29, 2012:

Wowzers. What fun! I've only seen the elf program before reading this. I'll definitely have to try some of them. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster

livinglargeandh on February 28, 2012:

Neat article. We elf ourselves last year. Great fun!

cajkovska lm on February 28, 2012:

Hehe... Elfs are so cute.

goo2eyes lm on February 27, 2012:

coming back to give you some blessings for this wonderful lens.

pufek77 lm on February 26, 2012:

this is so fun!Thank you!

pufek77 lm on February 26, 2012:

this is so fun!Thank you!

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goo2eyes lm on February 22, 2012:

i'll go for the m&m's and i can eat them too.

MelonyVaughan on February 11, 2012:

These are great! The elves are by far my favorite.

WriterJanis2 on February 06, 2012:

This was so fun. Blessed!

Close2Art LM on February 04, 2012:

very neat stuff, blesssed

Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on January 10, 2012:

A fun lens...I love JibJab...Elfed myself this year too! Thanks for sharing.

Dancing Cowgirl Design from Texas on January 06, 2012:

Really fun stuff!!

lilymom24 on January 05, 2012:

We have done the Elf Yourself before and it was a lot of fun. We even added the pets heads. lol

lindseythomas lm on January 01, 2012:

I've tried jibjab, and it's really funny!

savenlives on January 01, 2012:

I want to be an M&M, dark, better get moving :)

ernieplotter on December 31, 2011:

So nice! Just turned myself into an M&M! I will use it for my next lens photo for sure!

Have a happy new year!

anonymous on December 28, 2011:

So cute!

jadehorseshoe on December 24, 2011:

VERY Cute Lens!

anonymous on December 22, 2011:

My daughter loves making these videos each year.

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