23 Elf on the Shelf Ideas to Steal This Christmas (Including New 2020 Ideas!)
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Is your elf ready to cause some magical mischief this December? Are you looking for some creative Elf on the Shelf ideas?
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 tips to keep things fresh and funny!
Fun for all ages!
Even though my kids are now older than they were when we first started this tradition, they actually still get a laugh and think it’s funny if I set up scenes with their elf. Sometimes they even take turns creating the fun for us.
I won’t pretend that this is a daily occurrence for my family because half the time I forget about it! LOL. However, it’s a fun tradition, and if an elf somehow brings some joy, why not.
Today I’m sharing 23 creative yet EASY Elf on the Shelf ideas anyone can pull off!
I think everyone can agree we all need less stress and more humor- especially this holiday season! There’s even a few light-hearted quarantine related ideas to include this year for 2020! 😆
Trust me, my favorite Elf on the Shelf ideas take less than 10 minutes and not a lot of materials.
Some of these ideas were photographed by a few other talented Hip2Save team members over the years, so I wanted to give them a shout out and special thank you for sharing!
1. Facemask Elf Hammock
A facemask doubles as a perfect elf-sized hammock for your elf to relax in. I used some faux branches to hang this hammock, but you could use candlesticks, hooks, or any other simple items to hang.
2. Elf Quarantine Jar
Even elves sometimes have to self-quarantine! Set up a jar with some Lysol and hand sanitizer. I made an easy elf face mask by cutting a small piece from a disposable facemask and using a few dabs of hot glue to attach a small piece of the elastic so it would fit around the elf’s face.
You can even decide how long your elf needs to quarantine!
3. Elf “Spare a Square” TP Idea
Toilet paper has been one of the biggest topics of the year, and this elf needs to know if you can spare a square! This is a fun and easy setup using a roll of toilet paper and a paper sign.
4. Wrapping Paper Mischief
Elf wraps the toilet with Christmas wrapping paper for a silly prank!
5. Do you Wanna Build a Snowman?
Elf gets FROZEN with characters from the Disney movie.
6. 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.
7. 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!
8. 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!
9. Shower Shenanigans
Our elf is hanging from an umbrella that’s balancing on the shower curtain.
10. Toilet Paper Snowman
This elf stacked three rolls of toilet paper and used marker and ribbon for snowman details! Such a cute idea!
11. Elf Takes a Bath
Miniature marshmallows make a perfect “bubble” bath, paired with a tissue paper hair towel!
12. Hot Cocoa Party Elf
Hip Tip: Print off a Christmas bucket list and there’s even a blank one to create your own!
13. Elf Roasts Mini Marshmallows
This is a fun and easy scene to set up using a candle, BBQ skewer, and mini marshmallows!
14. Glow in the Dark Elf
Glow in the dark bracelets fit perfectly around Elf for a vibrant neon effect at nighttime.
15. 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!
16. 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!
17. 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!
18. 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!
19. Yoga Elf
Elf stays zen and fit with yoga, complete with mini felt mat and rolled towel.
20. 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!
21. Pooping Elf
Elves poop chocolate kisses! Don’t forget he may need some reading material too! 😂
22. 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!
23. 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 Elf on the Shelf ideas? Share with us in the comments so we can all collect more fun ideas!