20 Genius and Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas to Steal This Christmas!
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Is your elf ready to cause some magical mischief this December?
Whether you’re new to the popular Elf on the Shelf Christmas tradition or have been participating for years, we could all use a little creative inspiration and ideas to keep things fresh and funny!
Though my kids are now older than they were when we first started this tradition, they still LOVE when their elf brings some holiday magic once in a while. At one point my son was helping me set up funny scenes for his younger sister, which was a really sweet moment to witness!
My favorite ideas take less than 10 minutes and not a lot of materials.
We have 20 creative yet EASY Elf on the Shelf ideas anyone can pull off… because we all need less stress this holiday season!
1. Wrapping Paper Mischief
Elf wraps the toilet with Christmas wrapping paper for a silly prank!
2. Do you Wanna Build a Snowman?
Elf gets FROZEN with characters from the Disney movie.
3. Elf Takes a Nap
A box of facial tissues makes a perfect bed for nap time! He’s even folded one for a soft pillow to snooze on.
4. Dogs Rule, Elves Drool
Don’t forget to get the dog involved in your elf tradition! If you have a chalkboard, whiteboard, or mirror this will work great!
5. Elf Refueling Station
Elves need plenty of energy to fly back and forth to the North Pole! This elf clearly doesn’t mess around and gets her caffeine fix straight from the K-cup!
6. Shower Shenanigans
Our elf is hanging from an umbrella that’s balancing on the shower curtain.
7. Toilet Paper Snowman
This elf stacked three rolls of toilet paper and used marker and ribbon for snowman details! Such a cute idea!
8. Elf Takes a Bath
Miniature marshmallows make a perfect “bubble” bath, paired with a tissue paper hair towel!
9. Hot Cocoa Party Elf
Hip Tip: Print off a Christmas bucket list and there’s even a blank one to create your own!
10. Elf Roasts Mini Marshmallows
This is a fun and easy scene to set up using a candle, BBQ skewer, and mini marshmallows!
11. Glow in the Dark Elf
Glow in the dark bracelets fit perfectly around Elf for a vibrant neon effect at nighttime.
12. Good Deed Elf
Elf can help kids complete random acts of kindness with these FREE printable cards at Over the Big Moon.
Hip Tip: Check out more random acts of kindness ideas and grab a free printable list to create on your own with your family to complete throughout the year!
13. Hot Air Balloon Ride
Helium balloons and containers from the Dollar Tree can make a fun and frugal hot air balloon ride for elves. Up, up, and away!
14. Elf Hides in Mom’s Jewelry
A closet jewelry collection can be a great disguise for Elf!
Hip Tip: I actually hung a couple of thread racks to organize my jewelry. It’s still there years later, and works perfectly!
15. Sick Day Elf
Even elves get sick sometimes! Luckily there’s always plenty of cold and flu supplies around the house to help him! This lucky guy even has a magical reindeer friend and elf sidekick to help him get well!
16. Yoga Elf
Elf stays zen and fit with yoga, complete with mini felt mat and rolled towel.
17. A Christmas Story Elf
If your family needs some laughs, consider building this cute leg lamp award scene from the A Christmas Story movie! You can use a leg lamp ornament or mini leg lamp night light to get in on this fun!
18. Pooping Elf
Elves poop chocolate kisses! Don’t forget he may need some reading material too! 😂
19. Zip Lining Elves
These lively elves have tied a string from the Christmas tree to the fireplace and are ziplining like they’re on a jungle vacation!
20. Injured Elf
Does your Elf need to stay still? Use this genius cast idea to have him on strict NO FLY orders for a few days! It’s even signed by all Santa’s reindeer. 😊
Do you participate in Elf on the Shelf?
What are some of your favorite scenes and moments? Share with us in the comments!