27 Elf on the Shelf Ideas to Steal This Christmas
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These Elf on the Shelf ideas will elevate your holiday season!
Are you looking for some creative Elf on the Shelf ideas?
Time to add some humor to the holidays with these 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 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 27 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!
Trust me, my favorite Elf on the Shelf ideas take less than 10 minutes, and not a lot of materials are needed.
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 to let your elf relax.
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. Make light of our new normal with this 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. Play tic, tac, bow.
Photo credit: Elf on the Shelf
Take on a new spin of tic, tac, toe by having your elves play with bows.
4. Elf “Spare a Square” TP Idea ensures a good laugh.
Last year, toilet paper was one of the biggest topics, 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.
5. Wrapping Paper Mischief to prank the rest of your household.
Elf wraps the toilet with Christmas wrapping paper for a silly prank!
6. Do you Wanna Build a Snowman?
Elf gets FROZEN with characters from the Disney movie.
7. Even your Elf needs 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.
8. Dress up your Elf on the Shelf in costumes!
On your next Target visit, check out the dollar section as we’ve spotted countless hilarious costumes at $1 for your elves to play dress up! Pizza, milk, and cookies are some of the costumes we’ve seen, so scoop them up quick before they sell out!
9. Hide your elf in your mom’s purse.
Photo credit: Paper Heart Family
Hide your elf in someone’s purse to bring him on the go!
10. 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 playful scenario will work great!
11. Elf Refueling Station for all the coffee addicts.
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!
12. Elf steals your snacks!
Photo credit: Me & B Make Tea
Not even your holiday goodies are safe around your elves!
13. Elf is involved in some shower shenanigans.
Our elf is hanging from an umbrella that’s balancing on the shower curtain. What a conundrum!
14. Do you wanna build a snowman… out of Toilet Paper?
This elf stacked three rolls of toilet paper and used marker and ribbon for snowman details! Such a cute idea!
15. Elf takes a bath.
Miniature marshmallows make a perfect “bubble” bath, paired with a tissue paper hair towel!
16. Elf has a hot cocoa party.
Hip Tip: Print off our Christmas bucket list if you’re out of ideas to celebrate the season. There’s even a blank one to create your own!
17. Elf roasts mini marshmallows.
This is a fun and easy scene to set up using a candle, BBQ skewer, and mini marshmallows!
18. This glow-in-the-dark Elf will light up your home.
Glow in the dark bracelets fit perfectly around Elf for a vibrant neon effect at nighttime.
19. Good Deed Elf is here to encourage you to do better!
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!
20. Your Elves are flying high on this 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!
21. 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!
22. Even elves can have a sick day.
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!
23. Yoga Elf is showcasing his skills.
Elf stays zen and fit with yoga, complete with mini felt mat and rolled towel.
24. A Christmas Story Elf to ensure some comedic relief.
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!
25. Give the Pooping Elf some privacy.
Elves poop chocolate kisses! Don’t forget he may need some reading material, too! 😂
26. The elves are having extra fun zip lining.
These lively elves have tied a string from the Christmas tree to the fireplace and are ziplining like they’re on a jungle vacation!
27. Elf gets injured.
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 of Santa’s reindeer. 😊
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