Top 50 Elf on the Shelf ideas

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Hello friends! Happy Monday! Can you believe Christmas is already a month away?! Eek! Today I’m sharing the top 50 Elf on the Shelf ideas. I’ve got you covered! We started this tradition last year and my kids absolutely LOVED it!

We had a lot of fun last year and will be carrying on the tradition again this year with some of these fun ideas below. I just love seeing my kids eyes light up in the morning when they find their elf. And let’s get real here… our Elf isn’t always creative. Sometimes we’ll actually find him sitting on a shelf (winks) or hanging from the chandelier. Most of these ideas take only a few minutes to do. It doesn’t have to be hard. Me and my husband actually have a good time hiding the elf each night. It’s almost more fun for us. ;)

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If you’ve never done Elf on the Shelf, you can get your own Elf on the Shelf kit on Amazon (affiliate link).

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Have the elf show up on the first day with a North Pole breakfast & note from Santa

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Welcome Elf hot cocoa party

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Elf on the Shelf parachute: Great way to have your Elf arrive for the season!

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Make a mini count down paper chain

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Cute Elf on the Shelf poem and free printable

Funny elf on the shelf ideas

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Elf makes himself a bed with the tissue box

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Elf pizza party

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Super elf! 

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Elf taking a marshmallow bath

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Elf fishing for goldfish

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Plant “magic elf seeds”

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Elf tp’s the Christmas tree

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Zip lining elves

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Elf drinking his favorite drink -syrup! 

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Elf roasting marshmallows by the fireplace, potty time, made snowman donuts and a tire swing time! 

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Elf on the shelf playing a game with La Loopsy

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Operation Elf on the Shelf

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Circus elf 

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Elf “kissing” booth with free printable

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Elf and stuffed animals sack race

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Elf encouraging brushing

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Elf on the shelf hides the candy canes

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Elf going sledding on a tupperware lid 

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Elf trying to help put up the lights 

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Elf taking a shower

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Elf makes breakfast (mini pancakes)

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Snow ball fight with rupenzel

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Elf hanging out in the fridge

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Elf playing angry birds

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Elf snow angel with a little flour and sugar

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Elf shaving

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Elf is trapped!

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Elf gets in trouble and draws on the picture frame 

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Elf made a swing from a toilet paper roll

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Elf making some fruit loop garland for the tree

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Elf doing his laundry

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Elf sunbathing

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Elf spaghetti :)

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Elf e-mailing Santa

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Elf gets into the cookies

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Elf checking out the toy catalog

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Elf watching a movie with some popcorn

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Elf under the weather

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Rudolph noses for everyone :)

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Elf caught eating a bag of m&m’s

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Celebrating the reason for the season

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Love the way she explains Jesus and Santa with this letter

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Elf headed back to the north pole with all his gear!

Free calendar

I also found this free calendar  on Peanut Blossom to help you plan out the month! I’ll be using this, so I can make sure to do all these fun ideas.

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So who will do being Elf on the Shelf this year? Have fun with it!

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Comments

  1. Gina Bell posted on November 25, 2013 at 8:17 am (#
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    Fun! This is my favorite…http://eastcoastmommyblog.blogspot.ca/2011/12/magic-elf-seeds-delivered-by-our-elf-on.html

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    • Jamielyn replied on November 25th, 2013 at 11:45 am

      What a cute idea Gina, thanks for sharing! :)

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  2. Kristen @ Busy Kids = Happy Mom posted on November 25, 2013 at 8:30 am (#
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    Thank you so much for including 3 of our Elf – on – the – Shelf pictures! We can’t wait to get started with him next week!

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    • Jamielyn replied on November 25th, 2013 at 11:42 am

      Elf on the shelf is so much fun…thanks for your good ideas! :)

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  3. Kari posted on November 25, 2013 at 12:53 pm (#
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    My kids LOVE waking up to find our Elf doing something silly! I’m definitely adding a few of these to our list this year!

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  4. Desiree @ The36thAvenue posted on November 25, 2013 at 12:54 pm (#
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    So fun! Love them all :)

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  5. Matthew posted on November 25, 2013 at 1:07 pm (#
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    Hello Jamielyn,

    Very creative collection of Elf on the Shelf ideas! “Celebrating the reason for the season” is lovely, and “Elf hanging out in the fridge” is funny, but I love them all, too.

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  6. Melanie posted on November 25, 2013 at 8:15 pm (#
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    Wow! Thank you for including a few of our elf’s antics! I’ll be adding some of the others to our list for this year :)

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  7. Elfie Jasinski posted on November 25, 2013 at 9:53 pm (#
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    Such Clever Ideas! I will have to test out my Christmas Magic and try some of these with my family this year! Thanks and feel free to check out my adventures at http://elfiejasinski.blogspot.com.au/ Merry Christmas!

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  8. Kristyn posted on November 26, 2013 at 7:53 am (#
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    What a FUN list… definitely need to use some of these this year! Thx for rounding them up. :)

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  9. Life With Munchers posted on November 26, 2013 at 9:52 am (#
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    Love Elf on the Shelf! We are hosting a social media #elftakeover this year! Hope to see you there. You can find our more here http://lifewithmunchers.com/elf-on-the-shelf-takeover/

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    • Jamielyn replied on November 26th, 2013 at 11:58 am

      Sounds like fun! I’ll have to check it out! :)

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  10. capturing joy with kristen duke posted on November 26, 2013 at 10:50 pm (#
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    Gotta find my elf now!!

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  11. ECL posted on November 30, 2013 at 1:06 pm (#
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    Are you taking submissions? We did it last year and I have some funny pics of our elf, Lulu.

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    • Jamielyn replied on December 2nd, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      I just collected ones I found from Pinterest! I’d love to see your ideas though! :)

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  12. Cathy posted on December 3, 2013 at 7:56 am (#
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    Great ideas

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  13. Trinice posted on December 4, 2013 at 10:15 pm (#
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    My daughter won’t believe….hopefully some of these ideas will convince her the elf is real..

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    • Jamielyn replied on December 16th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      Aww! I hope so too, Elf on the Shelf is such a blast!

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  14. Jacqueline posted on December 6, 2013 at 2:32 pm (#
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    These are so great! :)

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    • Jamielyn replied on December 11th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      Love Elf on the Shelf…the possibilities are endless!

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  15. april posted on December 7, 2013 at 11:11 am (#
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    i got an elf on a shelf to it turned my daughter elizabeths milk purple

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    • Jamielyn replied on December 7th, 2013 at 11:13 pm

      Haha, cute idea April! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Monika posted on December 7, 2013 at 11:53 am (#
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    These are great!!! Wish I had started earlier.

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  17. Steve posted on December 13, 2013 at 3:29 pm (#
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    Check out one crazy elf name Buddy E!! :)
    https://www.facebook.com/Buddy.E

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  18. Elfie Jasinski posted on December 17, 2013 at 12:21 pm (#
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    This year before I left the North Pole Mrs Claus gave me some Printable Elf Costumes to take with me. Mrs Claus is very clever; she made Sunglasses, Reading Glasses, a Snowman Mask, Reindeer Antlers & Nose, a Moustache, a Fairy Wand & Wings, a Pirate Outfit and some lips for Elf Kisses!! She also showed me how to make a Santa costume and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costume. I have posted instructions so all of you other Scout Elves can make costumes at home too! To Print your Elf On the Shelf Costumes go to http://elfiejasinski.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/printable-elf-costumes.html

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