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20 Elf on the Shelf Ideas

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My kids aren’t even old enough for Elf on the Shelf yet and I am already TOTALLY obsessed. The elves are a bit creepy, and coming up with ideas for something new every night and every year is a bit of a commitment, but what’s more precious than seeing the look on your child’s face when they truly believe in the magic of Christmas?

elf on the shelf ideas

You can get everything you need for this tradition here, as well as more ideas, and lots of extras including baby elf on the shelf!

There are so many good ideas out there, it was SO hard to choose just twenty.

elf on the shelf in the shower

Taking a shower! I love that they used toilet paper for the towels!

shelf on the shelf in the christmas tree
Photo source: Toilet Paper World

TP’ing the tree! Naughty little elf! I know a few children who would get an absolute kick out of this! Fast and easy, it’d be perfect for a night you don’t have time to do much!

Elf on the shelf hanging from the fireplace
Photo Source: Your Modern Family

Flying Elf! Not only will your kids love this idea, but you can keep the pictures forever and bring it out every Christmas to retell the tale of the year the elf flew! (Or maybe this could be the grand entrance or exit of the elf!)

elf ON THE SHELF in toilet paper rolls

Olaf and Elfie! Oh boy, I love Frozen just as much as the next mom, and this post got me! You can click the link to get a print out for Olaf!

elf on the shelf shadow on door

Elf saying bye. I just love that they used spray on snow to get the outline of the elf.

Elf on the shelf in a peace sign

Trading stockings for undies…I’ll admit it, this one made me giggle. A lot. I can’t imagine the look on your kid’s faces coming out to see that their stockings are now their undies!

Red elf in green tape
Photo source: Living Locurto

Trapping the kids! This one would be fun to do! They would be so excited to go look for the elf just to find out that the elf had in fact trapped them!!!

red elf mailing a letter

Magic seeds from Santa! The link for this one explains everything you need for this one. Though this “grows” gingerbread men, you could also grow candy canes from peppermint candies too!

elf on the shelf with a plate of pancakes

Your elf makes breakfast. How cute are those tiny pancakes!? This would be nice to do after a night where your elf had been especially naughty, maybe as an apology?

elf on the shelf in an igloo

Elf in an igloo! Made from an empty milk jug and glued packing peanuts around it for the “ice.”

elf on the shelf with a countdown until christmas

Mini count down chain. I have seen larger chains made, but I think it is more believable if it is”elf size.”

elf on the shelf puts red noses on family

Rudolph noses! Made from mini pom poms. Or if you don’t have the pom poms, you can always draw a classic mustache with a dry erase marker!

elf hanging from bathroom mirror

Bows on the mirrors! Quick and easy, plus you can use the bows that were surplus from last year!

elf on the shelf stack of cans

Good elf gives back. If your elf is especially good, you can “give back” with the cans your elf will set up for you. Take them to your nearest food drive!

red elf on the self in dog bowl

Eating dog biscuits…Whoops! Looks like Elf got into the wrong cookies! I love the note making sure you don’t leave them out for Santa!

elf on the shelf puts snow on window

Decorates window with cotton balls. Not only is this a good idea for toddlers, but it’s a nice decoration as well!

red elf golfing with candy cane

Mini golf. So easy to put together! You just need construction paper, mini marshmallows, and a candy cane!

baby elf on the shelf poking head through cereal box

Cereal Friends. Okay, this one is kind of creepy, but no doubt about it, your kids will love seeing the cereal mess!

elf on shelf draws on dad's face

Writing on Dad. Ha Ha Dad! Shouldn’t have fallen asleep so early…or maybe you should sleep with one eye open!

baby elf on the shelf plays with toy story

“Snowball” fight. I love when you get the other toys involved too. This is the best snowball fight I’ve seen. Lego walls and mini marshmallows for the snowballs!

What was your favorite idea? Which one will you be trying this year? Let us know below!

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Saturday 6th of December 2014

Love them!! I will definitely be trying the igloo and dog biscuits ones lol.

Lauren Cardona

Saturday 6th of December 2014

I think those were my 2 favorite!!! :)

Sarah P

Friday 5th of December 2014

I love the cans, golf and rice krispies! I will add these to my repertoire! Thanks!

Lauren Cardona

Friday 5th of December 2014

You are welcome! Thanks for reading!

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