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Elf Yourself, Become a Simpsons Character and Other Fun Sites

Updated on December 9, 2014

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.

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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 Video.com, 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 Kideo.com. 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! BuyCostumes.com 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!

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      Moviles-Baratos 3 years ago

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

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      DaileyWealth LM 3 years ago

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

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      eddie-lores-1 3 years ago

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

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      davenjilli lm 3 years ago

      this is a fun lens.

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      Gayle Dowell 4 years ago from Kansas

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

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      CristianStan 4 years ago

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

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      wordpress-guru 4 years ago

      nice lens !

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      chonkqa 4 years ago

      lol Love the elfs

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      barberrela 4 years ago

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

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice idea, Squidliked, G+1 and Pinned

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      dawnrepurposes 4 years ago

      I had no idea this stuff existed! How fun!

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      traveldestinations 4 years ago

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

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      clothing4boys 4 years ago

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

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      pavlo-badovskyi 4 years ago

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

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      greentiger11 4 years ago

      lol Love the elfs

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      D3jimmy 4 years ago

      Not as family fariendly but have you seen jibjab?

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      Lee 4 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

      Great lens - Elf rocks!!

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      Accounting-firm 4 years ago

      Great lens. well done and Happy new year

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      rawwwwwws lm 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing!! :) Enjoyed passing by!

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      sherri-sanchez-3 4 years ago

      muscle man

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      Merry Christmas Lisa!

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      Thamisgith 4 years ago

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

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      Margot_C 4 years ago

      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.

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      forextrading2000 4 years ago

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

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      pinkrenegade lm 4 years ago

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

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      Auriel 4 years ago

      Great lens..

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      mistaben 4 years ago

      Awesome lens with many fun suggestions =)

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      janice-hedley1 4 years ago

      Hi

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      opatoday 4 years ago

      I like this lens so much I came back

      Thank You

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      CraftyandClever 4 years ago from everywhere but mostly Cali

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

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      opatoday 4 years ago

      This Looks Like A BLAST

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      Niagara Ghosts 4 years ago

      Love the lens!

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      jadapotata 4 years ago

      Great lens!

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      AdityaAgarwal 4 years ago

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

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      AdityaAgarwal 4 years ago

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

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      darciefrench lm 4 years ago

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

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      kcall_2 4 years ago

      I want to dance Gangame Style.

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      Camden1 4 years ago

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

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      jenyeates 4 years ago

      @sarah-baird-37: a princess

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

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

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      sarah-baird-37 5 years ago

      A princess

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      burgy12 5 years ago

      taylor swift

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      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.

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      MayaIxchel 5 years ago

      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'!

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      coolmon2009 lm 5 years ago

      Nice lens and light-heated, made me smile.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      :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

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

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

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      EMangl 5 years ago

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

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      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!

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      These sites are a lot of fun.

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      Diva2Mom 5 years ago

      Great lens! Way too cute! God bless.

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      qasimalhammad 5 years ago

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

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      Marc 5 years ago from Edinburgh

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

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      kokomagne 5 years ago

      interesting lens, i love the concept

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      mueedahmad 5 years ago

      Great lens with great idea.

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      OliviaDaughter LM 5 years ago

      These are so so cute. Great idea.

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      geoff-king-777 5 years ago

      father christmas

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

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

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      martinwilliambernardmongan 5 years ago

      well

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      antoniow 5 years ago

      Great lens! Hmm...dog

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      Nora789 5 years ago

      bird

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      baseballchris46 5 years ago

      my sister showed me this. it was sooo funny LOL

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      evelyn9018855 5 years ago

      what fun ideas!

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      Auntie-M LM 5 years ago

      What fun ideas! Now I really can become chocolate.

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

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

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      tomazg 5 years ago

      Hi! Turning into M&M sounds really fun!

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      sirvince 5 years ago

      Hi

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      Diane Cass 5 years ago from New York

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

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      gypsykitschpres 5 years ago

      Oh, I totally want to be an M&M, a red one...no maybe blue. What a fun lens! I just HAD to tweet this one to my 100,000 Twitter followers. They will love this.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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

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      rikopengal 5 years ago

      hi

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thnks.. nc u'r lens..

      like back..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thnks.. nc u'r lens..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      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!)

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      cathylpearson 5 years ago

      Toy Story characters

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      AllanZochowski 5 years ago

      Irish jig dancers!

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      AlexTedford 5 years ago

      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: squidoo.com/jeremylinmerchandise ...thanks! You are one of my favorite lensmasters!

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      Charming_Beads 5 years ago

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

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      Great lens with excellent pictures. Thanks for sharing!

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      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

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      livinglargeandh 5 years ago

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

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      cajkovska lm 5 years ago

      Hehe... Elfs are so cute.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

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

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      pufek77 lm 5 years ago

      this is so fun!Thank you!

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      pufek77 lm 5 years ago

      this is so fun!Thank you!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

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

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

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

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      This was so fun. Blessed!

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      very neat stuff, blesssed

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

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

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 5 years ago from Texas

      Really fun stuff!!

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      lilymom24 5 years ago

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

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      lindseythomas lm 5 years ago

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

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      savenlives 5 years ago

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

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      ernieplotter 5 years ago

      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!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      So cute!

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      VERY Cute Lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My daughter loves making these videos each year.