Top 50 Elf on the Shelf ideas

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Top 50 Elf on the Shelf ideas -so many fun ideas to do with your Elf leading up to Christmas!

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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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Elf Kisses Free Printable - the most adorable treat for your Elf to bring to your kids.

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Elf eating chocolate

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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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Frozen Elf from Staci Mcneil

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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-printable-elf-kisses

Elf kisses

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

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44 comments on “Top 50 Elf on the Shelf ideas”

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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 :)

  5. 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!

  6. What a FUN list… definitely need to use some of these this year! Thx for rounding them up. :)

  7. 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/

  8. Are you taking submissions? We did it last year and I have some funny pics of our elf, Lulu.

  9. Great ideas

  10. My daughter won’t believe….hopefully some of these ideas will convince her the elf is real..

  11. These are so great! :)

  12. i got an elf on a shelf to it turned my daughter elizabeths milk purple

  13. These are great!!! Wish I had started earlier.

  14. Check out one crazy elf name Buddy E!! :)
    https://www.facebook.com/Buddy.E

  15. 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

  16. Hello!! My mother is sending me our vintage Elf, cause she know how i love it when i was a little girl. I have my Pinterest account and my craft blog. Coul I participate this year?? Do you give me a permission for link you on my blog? I’ll love to organizate something fun with my boys. I don’t have the Elf on a Shelf kit, i woul do it with our own Elf. I hope your answer and let me congratulate with you for your creativity and fantasy. Best regards, Varla Lee. ^_^

    • What a neat tradition to start using the same elf you used as a little girl! With this elf on the shelf round up, I just found ideas through pinterest and blogs. I’m not sure if I will do another round up this year, but if I do I will definitely keep your blog in mind! Yes, you can definitely link me on your blog. Thanks Varla! :)

  17. I love this elf idea.  I can’t wait till my grandchildren are old enough to join in this activity.

    Thank you

  18. Love all the Elf one shelf my grand children is always do things with the Elf  keep new things coming.

  19. Christmas has always been a family celebration in our home, but as our children grew older we found that their interest in Christmas morning waned and the sparkle in their eyes was gone. The day after Thanksgiving, 1992, we introduced the Christmas Web in our home with the placement of Magic Wands into their socks that had for years been hung at the fireplace mantel. Attached to each Magic Wand was a piece of yarn (a 70 yard piece of yarn). When our two teen-aged children came down Christmas morning, they found that the yarn was wound through the house – around window latches, door knobs, chairs and doors. It ended in a closet or cabinet which held their special Christmas gift from one of Santa’s elves, an elf who had been looking out for them for the past year and knew of their desire for this special Christmas gift.

    Elf on the Shelf becomes part of our Christmas Tradition
    The Christmas Web continued as each of our children got married and as they had children. Each of our grandchildren have an Elf on the Shelf who now puts their Magic Wand in their stocking at the mantel and hides their special Christmas gift each year where no one else can find it.  Their individual Magic Wand leads them to their special gift.  We now have seven Magic Wands each with 70 yards of yarn winding through our house every Christmas morning, making getting a cup of coffee an acrobatic achievement before the Christmas Morning Game begins.

    The Christmas Web has become a highly anticipated family tradition for our children, grandchildren and us.

  20. Love all the ideas to get me started. 

  21. This is so cute for my granddaughter I love it

  22. We had our two get into some crazy stuff last year. This year they already made a Charlie Brown therapist booth, and hand fun sleigh riding down the stairs. Can’t wait to use some of the fun ideas from this

  23. This website has helped me so much! I’ve been having to move our elf on the shelf “Jingle” into new places for my little sister. Today I used the elf in the refrigerator idea. 

    Thanks so much!
    -Ryann

  24. There are show many fun ideas here. I cant wait to see the smiles on my kids when I try some of them :)

  25. I like your elf ideas

  26. Wow! That looks super cute & funny. Loved it! Thanks for sharing :-)

  27. You guys have to see this Elf on the Shelf caught on cam video!  It is the best reaction from a child you will ever see when the elf actually MOVES for REAL! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVzLumTSTLI
     Best idea for an elf on the shelf EVER!

  28. Love your ideas for The elf on the shelf 

  29. THEY ARE REAL

  30. Hi great ideas so now I have ideas of where my elf can be thank you so much.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    December,21,2017

    Rating: 5

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