50 Elf on the Shelf Ideas – Get Creative and Fun This Year!

Get inspired with these creative Elf on the Shelf ideas!

I have to admit it. In years past we have not been that creative with our Elf on the Shelf. He has jumped from room to room, and that is about it.

I’ve often wondered who are these parents who create elaborate scenes with their elves? Do they not sleep?

This year, I’m determined to have a little more fun with this dude. I’m not talking about going over the edge crazy. But I think it’s time to mix it up a bit.

So to get me inspired, and hopefully you as well, I pulled together 50 Elf on the Shelf ideas.

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Just pick a couple to do this year. Why should the kids have all of the fun?ย 

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Photocopy

The Elf on the Shelf is having fun with the photocopy machine.

The best part is he leaves behind a memento for the kids!

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Spa Day

Ah! Time for a spa day for your elf.

Don’t forget the loofa and steam out the stress.

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Why not invite your elf to join in on the morning coffee?

But do marshmallows go with coffee?

Swinging on a Toilet Paper Roll Elf on the Shelf. Click for more ideas! #elfontheshelf

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Who wouldn’t love an indoor swing?

Great place for the elf to hang out.

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Scrabble

We’re a Scrabble family!

But look closely at the words the Elf on the Shelf – how fun!

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Grab some sugar cubes and have him do a building competition with one of the kid’s Barbies.

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Elf on the Shelfs like to take baths… in marshmallows.

Get different shaped marshmallows to make the bath more fun.

Barbie and Elf on the Shelf go for a ride on her scooter.

Making Friends

While the kids are sleeping, the Elf and Barbie are busy exploring the house.

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Want a Donut?

Only the Elf would bring these adorable teeny tiny donuts!

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Even the Elf needs a day off sometimes.

Help him soak up the sun with a beach vacation.

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Gulliver’s Travels come to life!

Have your child’s little friends carry off the Elf.

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Aw. The Elf baked for the family last night… will anyone eat any of them?

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Elves are Your Friends

LOL. Have the Elf hold class and teach the forest creatures.

School is in session!

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Mater and Lightning McQueen Reindeer

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All you need are some pipe cleaners and imagination.

Elf on the Shelf making paper snowflakes

Paper Snowflakes

Who doesn’t love making paper snowflakes?

Just don’t forget the kid scissors.

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Nativity

Let’s not forget the reason we celebrate Christmas with the Elf joining the nativity scene.

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Snowman in the Freezer

Baby it’s cold outside!

Wrap up with a sweater and maybe even a homemade snowman.

Will the kids find him in the freezer?

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Staying in shape is  no joke!

With two marshmallows and a toothpick, you can make your own weights for your Elf.

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Barbie oh Barbie. Let your hair down!

Are there any Rapunzel fans in your house?

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Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Mirror Mirror on the Wall. Who’s the fairest of them all?

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Even Elves need a coffee break and connect with friends.

Starbucks is our favorite!

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The Elf goes fishing with Pepperidge Farm fish.

Do you think he’ll catch anything?

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Ziplining Elf

Ziplining is all the rage and the Elf wants to get in on the fun!

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Gulliver’s Travels keeps popping up.

This time he’s strapped down on a Lego board.

But don’t worry, he can easily break out.

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The Elf needs a cozy comfy bed to snuggle up in.

And this tissue box is the perfect place for him to snuggle up with his favorite stuffed animal and catch up on some ZZZs. 

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The Elf didn’t want to be left at home today.

He’s making himself comfortable hanging from the rearview mirror of mom’s car.

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Everyone needs a bedtime story.

And “The Night Before Christmas” is a personal all-time favorite.

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Even the Elf has chores.

Do you think his favorite one is scrubbing out the bathroom sink with a cleansing brush?

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Whether you have snow outside or not, the Elf felt like making snowmen.

Use toothpicks to hold the marshmallows together and mark them up with a Sharpie pen.

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Oh that naughty naughty Elf on the Shelf! 

Just be sure not to use permanent marker.

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Jousting | Snippets from Suburbia

It’s a joust on horses!

I have a feeling the Elf is going to win this one.

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Dominoes

Dominoes are such a wonderful game.

And the Elf didn’t want to get left out… he’s got a good game going.

Puzzled

Elves are curious folks — and she just wanted to try out the Dora the Explorer puzzle. 

Can the kids help her finish?

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Does someone have a December birthday?

The Elf wants to help celebrate your child’s big day and brought some balloons for the party.

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Do you think the kids will know it’s the Elf and not Santa???

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Karaoke Night

Who doesn’t a night of singing karaoke?

Wondering if the Elf is looking for a date – just look at what he’s singing.

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Sledding down the Hill

What’s winter without a little snow?

And kids who love snow love sledding down the hill.

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Date Night

The Elf shouldn’t be lonely!

He’s all dressed up for date night. And he even brought flowers.

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Vain Elf

Replace your family’s photos with pictures of the Elf.

Watch your kids’ reactions!

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Stuck up a Tree

Sometimes the Elf likes to be outside.

This time he’s climbing the trees in the backyard.

Elf on the shelf Writing messages in chocolate candies

Spelling Bee Elf

The Elf has gotten into the chocolates!

And he’s spelled out “Be Good.” 

Exhausted Elf - Too Tired to Play!

Exhausted Elf

Oh the Elf really pooped himself out.

You know he’s wiped out when all he wants to do is sleep.

Elf on the Shelf Making popcorn for movie night

Just Making a Snack

What goes perfect with a movie night?

Popcorn, of course!

Elf on the Shelf Fairy Door

Welcome to my Home

Ever wonder where the Elf lives?

Here’s the secret entrance to his tiny home!

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