I have made you an enormous list of 100 Elf on the Shelf Ideas your kids will go crazy for. I am genuinely excited for you to see all this fabulous and fun ideas so you can implement them for the holidays. When my daughter was three years old, we were first introduced to the Elf on the Shelf. She named our new companion Susie and let’s just say that Susie has now been a considerable part of our holiday traditions for over nine years! I would never have imagined that we would have so much fun with our new friend! Now that my daughter is 12 years old, she is in on our little secret, and she gets to help hide, Susie for my youngest daughter. My favorite part of watching the girls find their elf each day is seeing the huge smiles on their faces. Take a look at these ideas to inspire you to get creative.
The best part about placing your elf around the house is that the options are endless. You can do something silly each day, and I promise everyone will giggle and laugh. Plus, your children will have these memories forever and what could be better than that? If you don’t have an Elf on the Shelf, after this post you might want to buy one! Also, check out these fun and exciting ways to celebrate Christmas this year.
100 Elf On The Shelf Ideas You Are Going To Love
If you have a chalkboard in your home, then you can easily hang your elf for a quick idea. Have your new friend write a special message your children and they will love it.
One of our fabulous readers, Julie, has given us this fantastic idea for families that have been separated from divorce or some other reason. Thank you, Julie, for this great tip!
It is safe to say that elves love a lot of syrup on their pancakes! I just made extra small pancakes for my children and saved a few. You can always add chocolate chips or sprinkles to the pancakes for that extra special touch.
I love this idea to have your elf show up with cookies and a book. Then you can read the book together and munch on cookies. What could be more enjoyable than that?
Celtic by Design has allowed us to use their photo of their cute little elf reading a book while pooping. If this photo doesn’t make you laugh, I don’t know what will.
We happened to have some painted shells laying around and came up with the idea to make a beach. I merely placed brown sugar on the countertop, drew a background and added the shells. It was so easy and looked terrific.
Thank you to three boys and a dog for sharing this cute idea! Even an elf needs candy every now and again! Who am I kidding? Elves live off of sugar!
If you have ever sunk your teeth into a chocolate covered Oreo, you will understand that even your Elf On The Shelf can’t resist!
Movie night will be extra special if your elf joins the family! Break out the candy, blankets, and popcorn for a night to remember.
Your Elf On The Shelf is ready for a wild ride on the ceiling fan! I am confident everyone will get a huge laugh when they see the elf that morning.
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Give your elf a day to relax and enjoy a facial! After all, you want to pamper your elf every once and while because he is the one that tells Santa how you have been behaving. We added a little tissue and cut cucumbers for the eyes so our friend could relax in style.
Let’s face it; your elf is from the very frigid North Pole! Naturally, he is going to want to catch some sleep in the freezer.
Thank you again to one of our readers, Julie, for allowing us to use her photo and idea. Have your elf play a game a tic tac toe with one of your kid’s stuffed animals.
Maybe your elf is a carpenter in his free time! Pose your companion with a gingerbread house, and you will have a new holiday tradition!
If your children are obsessed with Lego’s like mine are then I am sure they will love seeing their elf playing too! Try to build something like a house or vehicle to add some extra fun.
Imagine seeing your children’s faces when they wake up in the morning and see all their favorite stuffed animals taking a climb! You can even make a game out of making sure you don’t touch the animals when you climb the stairs.
Place your elf in a stylish car with his favorite friend and they will be ready to cruise the day away. You can use any car, truck or vehicle you have on hand.
Nothing like waking up in the morning, going to the bathroom to brush your teeth and finding an elf with a special message on the mirror! You can get as creative as you want and even add your child’s name.
Stage your elf and his friends to be playing a hilarious game of Twister, and everyone will get a laugh! I love how unique this idea is!
Consider making some new clothes for your Elf On The Shelf! There are tons of different outfits you can throw together to personalize your elf.
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Two things that go together are cold and elves! Of course, your winter friend is going to lunch to munch on some cold popsicles after a busy night of talking to Santa.
All you need for this look is a family photo, some card stock or colored paper, glue and pompoms. We cut triangles to make the hats and glued on the decorations. I carefully placed tape on the back to stick it on the photo. This was a canvas so I made sure to use tape that wouldn’t damage it.
Make a toy trail and let your elf go for a unicorn ride! I love this fun idea, and you can set it up anywhere in your home.
Get all your stuff animals together with your winter companion and have a glitzy party! We used wrapping paper for the background and floor and filled the area in with all of our favorite Christmas toys.
Oops! This Elf is still learning how to be potty trained and had a little accident! I promise you kids will think this is hysterical!
This mischievous Elf on the Shelf decided to take a marker and draw faces on all of the eggs! Even my husband got a good laugh when he saw them. You can make each face as simple or as unique as you want.
Even your Elf on the Shelf is going to love the movie Frozen! Why not add some popcorn and have a movie day that is filled with lots of snuggles, treats and hot chocolate?
Our Elf and all of his friends are enjoying reading a classic Christmas story together. They are all intently listening to find out what happens next!
All you need is a solid surface and some sugar or flour to replicate this idea. The kids will enjoy seeing their elf making a snow angel!
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I am sure your kids are going to get a kick out of seeing their favorite friend climbing the mirror on ribbons! Just peel the backs off and stick them on the mirror. The elf will be able to hold his arms and hands right in the ribbon holes with ease.
Place a couple of packets of hot chocolate mix, marshmallows and a spoon in a coffee mug, and you are all set! This elf wants a toasty cup of hot chocolate to warm up.
Our elf has a girlfriend, and she loves diamonds! We sprinkled lots of bling all over the table and placed the happy couple in the center. I wouldn’t be surprised he purposes soon!
Oh, yummy! This elf is smart and wants smores to eat, and it looks like he even has enough ingredients to share. Such a thoughtful friend who sets a great example for your kids.
If you have a toy bathtub around, fill it with cotton balls or marshmallows so your Elf on the Shelf can have a nice bath! You can also add a small candle, towel, and toy radio to go the extra mile.
It looks like this elf has to get this spill cleaned up right away! Good thing he has the tools needed to get every morsel cleaned up before the doggie eats it!
Uh oh! It looks like someone got caught in a jar and needed a little help! I love that the elves are so easily stuck into different items and they fit perfectly.
This Elf is so smart trying to find the perfect home to build while looking at this catalog. Isn’t it amazing that the Elf On The Shelf can read?
Get all your Elf’s friends lined up to go on a march while playing a game of following the leader. You can make this line of toys as long or as short as you wish. I think it would be fun to have over 100 toys lined up through the house.
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Our elf loves to spend time working on arts and crafts. You can purchase a tiny easel very inexpensively and use the ribbon spools you have laying around to create this look.
I love that Artsy Fartsy Mama shares how to pose her Elf On The Shelf for Advent. She gives detailed directions on what you can do to make your cartons to place small gifts in.
Set the stage for a fantastic day of karaoke with your elf and his friends! I will have to warn you that when you turn on the song, you will want to join in and sing too.
All aboard the shoe train! This is such a simple idea that takes no time at all to complete. Plus, the kids will love seeing all their favorite toys hanging out with their Elf.
Even your elf needs a nice and clean shave! You can also add a shaving cream message to the mirror if you want to spruce it up. Easiest idea ever!
If your house is anything like mine, you have tons and tons of blocks laying around. Use them to your advantage and have your friend building a tower or whatever you want.
Did you know that our elf loves fixing Barbie’s hair? Yes, he likes to go crazy and add braids, bows, and headbands. You can make some pretty hilarious hairstyles too.
I love this idea because you can personalize the letter to your children and make it extra meaningful. Maybe the elf needs to get the point across about behaving, picking up toys or brushing teeth.
Elf loves to take a load off while getting artistic in his favorite coloring book. He is surprisingly good at coloring too!
Grab your child’s toy tractor for this idea! Set the Elf On The Shelf on top, and he is ready to cruise around the house riding on his big green tractor.
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Our elf loves to ride on any knick-knacks we have around the house. His loves to ride on this chicken because it is just his size! Take advantage of decorations you already have around your home, because any of them can make perfect props.
Oh man, our elf still can’t seem to get potty training down yet. He doesn’t realize that the sink is different from the toilet. I can guarantee your kids, and even your husband will get a great laugh out of this one!
Elf has a few of his friends together to snuggle and watch his favorite movie An Elf’s Story. Take a look at comfortable and cozy they all look.
Elf On The Shelf likes to draw on everything and anything if you haven’t noticed. That works for us because we love seeing what he is going to draw on next.
Use your Christmas decorations and pose your elf near them. You can even hide them around the decorations as you wish. We also use tape to help prop him up and keep him in place.
Our elf likes to decorate every room in the house, including the bathroom. He sweetly added snowflakes to our mirror so when we woke up we had a lovely festive room!
Decorate the toilet for a huge surprise! I recommend adding tape to the ribbons when you stick them down, so they don’t end up in the stool. Plus, this look brightens up your bathroom too!
Elf On The Shelf finally got up the courage to propose to his one true love, Barbie! They are so cute together, aren’t they?
Fill up your sink with some peppermints and your elf. It will smell amazing, and your Elf will love relaxing after a long day.
Oh no! It looks like our elf got tangled up in the tape and wrapping paper. Silly friend, I wonder what he was up to here!
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How fun would it be to open the cabinet and find out all your canned goods now have googly eyes! Plus, it is adorable to see all those eyes looking back at you.
You can hang your elf on any of your artwork throughout the house. Susie loves just hanging around watching and making sure we are all on our best behavior for Santa.
The elf would love for you to help him build a snowman. This particular snowman is made of toilet paper and has been drawn on with some markers.
Marshmallow fight! Elf On The Shelf is having a snowball fight using marshmallows with his best puppy friend. Wonder who is going to win?
There is nothing more fun than having some friends over for a game of Clue. It appears that Elf On The Shelf is concentrating pretty hard!
This elf is being so helpful by getting all the popcorn strung so it can be hung on the tree just in time for Christmas. I used to love stringing popcorn when I was a kid, so it makes sense that our elf likes it too.
Santa isn’t the only one who enjoys a big glass of cold milk and yummy cookies! Our elf is in food heaven enjoying this sweet treat.
Barbie and Elf On The Shelf are enjoying a romantic evening with a glass of wine or juice. We used straws that come with juice boxes because they are a perfect size!
Even elves have to make sure they do their chores, like cleaning the house, washing and drying clothes. At least he has someone to sit with while he waits on the clothes to dry.
Uh oh, Susie the elf is feeling pretty crummy with a cold. Thankfully, he has everything he needs to get feeling better in a hurry.
Put your dryer to work for you with this hysterically funny idea! Grab your elf and some of his friends, and they can go for a dryer ride as if it is an amusement park ride!
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Everyone get in line if you want a kiss from an elf! The best part is that he is giving away the kisses for free, you just have to be good and do your chores.
ooks like someone got tangled in the Christmas lights again. In his defense, strings of lights can be a pain to work with sometimes.
This elf understands that when you live off sugar, you need to exercise to make up for it. Those marshmallows are heavy too! We used a piece of uncooked spaghetti noodle for the bar.
It is always nice when you get a little gift from your elf like a book, toy or game. We like to have our winter-loving friend leave at least one present during the season as long as your kids are good.
Sometimes you need to go for a reindeer ride! If you have a mantle at your house, then you will have a beautiful place to put some scenes for your elf.
Let your elf hang in a stocking so he can get a good look at what everyone is doing. You can even decorate the stocking and put his or her name on it.
Nothing like a sack race to start the day! Your children will go crazy for these cute toys in gift bags. It will be a lot of fun to have to maneuver around them throughout the day too.
Who wants ice cream? Elf on the Shelf is spending the day making delicious ice cream cones and sundaes for all of his friends.
Why take the car to a mechanic when you can do the work yourself. At least when you are an elf, you are naturally good at working with your hands!
We love sloths at our house, so it is fitting that our elf would be covered in sloth stickers and stuck hanging to the cabinet. You can use stickers that your kids like to make it unique.
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Fill a bowl with cotton balls or marshmallows and put a handwritten or typed note for this simple idea. Trust me, the answer to the question will always be yes!
Hope you love toast with pink frosting and sprinkles that has been made with love! I have to admit that it is very tempting to give this unique breakfast a taste.
Mr. Potato Head and Elf On The Shelf are in a heated battle of tic tac toe. I am not sure who is going to win, but it sure looks like fun. My only question is how they can play without eating the marshmallows.
This elf is a little daredevil hanging upside down on a candy cane that is only attached by some tulle. The kids laughed so hard when they saw him.
Oh goodness! It looks like Mr. Potato Head is going to eat our adorable elf! Just kidding, he won’t get eaten but he does make an adorable sandwich.
This idea is an absolute blast because not only do your kids get to look for their elf, they also get to go on a hunt for candy canes. What is more fun than that?
I have a feeling our elf is in a sugar coma after eating so much candy! Good thing he is so used to eating lots of candy and chocolate.
Is there anything tastier than an ooey-gooey roasted marshmallow? I love that he is using a candle to heat his up.
Your kids are going to have to search extra hard to find your elf if you hide it in the silverware drawer. I think it is great that it isn’t in a visible hiding spot.
Take a look at this elf hanging from a towel ring. You need a little bit of tape, so his legs stay together and then you are done. This may be one of the lowest effort ideas yet.
Our elf loves anything to do with cold, snow or snowflakes. I am pretty confident that snowflakes are one of his favorite things to decorate with.
Here Are Just A Few Final Elf On The Shelf Ideas
Create this look by filling your sink with water, adding some fish, tying some thread to a cake ball stick and adding your elf. Super easy and your kids will get a kick out of it.
Playing with a slink is already loads of fun, but when you add your Elf On The Shelf it takes it to a whole new level of awesome!
Your magical elf can even walk on the ceiling with a little bit of tape. There is no doubt when you children see it that they are going to be so surprised!
If you have a dollhouse handy, the options are endless as to how you can use it for your elf. As you can see, he is enjoying a nice big cup of tea with Barbie.
If your elf likes to get a little wild, he will love going down the stairs in a roll of toilet paper. It is a bit of a bumpy ride, but don’t worry he will have a blast.
There is always time for a slumber party. Grab some cozy winter socks, place all your friends inside and let the party begin.
This naughty little Elf On The Shelf knows how to have a good time with a can of silly string! Good thing it is easy to clean up and the children love it so much.
We happened to have some little red cups around that are intended to be shot glasses. I figured they would be an excellent prop for our elf to have a cup stacking contest!
Elf On The Shelf was intending to make some cookies, but accidentally got stuck in the mixer before he could whip them up. Glad he didn’t get hurt!
This elf is exhausted and needs some rest and relaxation on a giant cloud of cotton balls. Actually, I think that sounds delightful and would love to do that myself!
What is your favorite Elf On The Shelf Idea?
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