50 Creative, Fun 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. Just pick a couple to do this year. Why should the kids have all of the fun?

But not everything was an Elf Fail! Every week this season, I’m going to share what our elf has been up to. And for even more fun things to do with your Elf on the Shelf, check out:

Looking for more great Christmas ideas? Be sure to check out my collection of Christmas Crafts and Activities for the entire family.

Do you need your own Elf on the Shelf? He (or she) is easy to get. Just click HERE. And if you’re confused by this whole Elf on the Shelf thing, read up on it HERE.

Photocopy | Flickr: Photo Credit

Spa Day| Flickr: Photo Credit

Morning Coffee | A Few Short Cuts

Mustache Photo Op | Adventures of a Mamarazzi

Swinging on Toilet Paper Roll | A Small Snippet

Scrabble | Flickr: Photo Credit

Building Blocks | Snippets from Suburbia

Marshmallow Bath | Snippets from Suburbia

Making Friends | Flickr: Photo Credit

Want a Donut? | Flickr: Photo Credit

Lounging at the Beach | Home Stories A to Z

Being Carried Off | Snippets from Suburbia

Cookies Anyone? | Snippets from Suburbia

Elves are Your Friends | Flickr: Photo Credit

Mater and Lightning McQueen Reindeer | Flickr: Photo Credit

Paper Snowflakes | Flickr: Photo Credit

Nativity | Flickr: Photo Credit

Snowman in the Freezer | Flickr: Photo Credit

Lifting Weights | Snippets from Suburbia

Let Down Your Hair | Snippets from Suburbia

Mirror Mirror on the Wall | Flickr: Photo Credit

Sharing Coffee with a Friend | Snippets from Suburbia

Fishing | Rocking my 365 Project

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Attack of the Lego People | Picklehead Soup

Tissue Box Bed | Home Stories A to Z

In the Car | Patricia’s Daughter

Reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas | Patricia’s Daughter

Cleaning Up | A Few Short Cuts

Caught Red Handed | Adventures of a Mamarazzi

Happy Snowmen | Mom Vs the Boys

Drawing on Photos | Snippets from Suburbia

Jousting | Snippets from Suburbia

Dominoes | Flickr: Photo Credit

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Balloons | Rocking My 365 Project

Getting His Santa On | Rocking My 365 Project

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  1. Thanks for sharing all of these. I have decided to go with getting an Elf on the Shelf this year. We are excited. I just wish AC Moore would hurry and put there 50% or 55% coupon good on sale items out and I am going to get one. Barnes and Nobles is doing 20% right now…so hopefully we will get our elf, Hiijacks MeMoney soon!

    • Thanks for sharing all of these. I have decided to go with getting an Elf on the Shelf this year. We are excited. I just wish AC Moore would hurry and put their 50% or 55% coupon good on sale items out and I am going to get one. Barnes and Nobles is doing 20% right now…so hopefully we will get our elf, Hiijacks MeMoney soon!
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    • How’s the Elf on the Shelf going? That first year can take a while to get the creative juices flowing! I’m posting new ideas every week — our elf Peppermint Stick is one active dude 🙂

  2. What very cute elves. I just heard about Elf on the Shelf right now. The warm smile of the elves will make people forget how suffered they are. Thanks for sharing.

  3. OMG this is the cutest thing ever. I’ve never done Elf on the Shelf, and this post definitely made me want to this year!

    • Yeah. I got a bit stale last year. Toward the end I was just moving him from room to room. I’m posting new poses each week so be sure to check for them. (Our elf Peppermint Stick is one busy guy.)

  4. What a riot! I am not quite sure I get the EOTS thing, so I will read up. But my favorite is the most simple: stuffing the guy in a glass in the glass cupboard!

    • No feeble smiles 🙂 The Elf on the Shelf is a bit of a cult that became popular in the last decade. I didn’t know about it until my sister-in-law told me about it. Did you end up getting an elf?