20 Elf on the Shelf Ideas

November 7, 2018 No Comments

Last year we decided to join in the madness that is ‘Elf on the Shelf‘.  The children read the book that came with our Elf, so hopefully they understand ‘the rules’. They named him ‘Buddy’. Very original I know, but we all love the film ‘Elf’ so I suppose it was inevitable.

I love encouraging my children’s imagination, so you may think it’s strange that we have waited this long to join in with this popular tradition.  Previous years I have seen others’ efforts and wished we had joined in, but in truth before now I just haven’t had the time. The thought of having to create 25 unique ‘elf’ scenarios during an already busy and stressful festive period was just too much.

Last year however, we felt ready to embark on a new family tradition for us.  The kids are already anticiptaing the return visit of Buddy, and it’s time to come up with some new ideas.

I love looking at other peoples efforts, some original, others not so. Most though made me smile, and some made me laugh out loud.  I wrote this post last year as a beginner elfer after asking my friends and fellow bloggers for some ideas. Here are 20 fantastic Elf on the shelf ideas and scenarios.


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20 Fantastic Elf on the Shelf Ideas


Elf playing with the children toys

I love it when the elf interacts with the other toys in the house, either playing boards games, having play fights, riding trains or even the toys turning on each other.

This little elf wanted a ride on the toy train, I will definitely be doing this this year!

Credit: Bear and the Fox

This elf just wanted to hang with the girls and have a tea party.

Credit:The Money Whisperer

This elf picked a fight with a storm trooper. It’s not going to end well!

Credit: The Gingerbread House

This elf was getting a bit ahead of himself with a stuffed turkey

Credit: Bespoke Buckley

Sometimes the toys turn on the newcomer. Elf is being kept hostage, and Superman is on his way to rescue him.  Love this!

Credit: Gemma Bryant

Elf messing with the Christmas decorations

There are lots of elves getting into the Christmas trees and getting up to no good.  I particularly like this one where he has hung Mum & Dads undies in the tree. Not sure my undies are up to being immortalised in an ‘Elfie’ but I like the idea.

Credit: Gemma Bryant

Or here is a naughty elf ‘mummifying’ a Santa.

Credit: The Money Whisperer

Elf having some ‘Me’ time

Elf like all of us needs to have some quality time out.  Like movie night, complete with popcorn.

Credit: Gemma Bryant

Toasting marshmallows over a tea light.  I think I might use an LED one though, with cats and children around it’s probably safer in my house!

Credit: Arepops

Or just spending some quiet time reading a book (love the reading glasses!)

Credit: Gemma Bryant

This Elf spa really took some thought, elf even has mini cucumber slices over his eyes, a cocktail on the side whilst he relaxes in a jelly bath.

Credit: Gemma Bryant

Elf just getting up to mischeif

By far my favourite ‘Elf on the shelf’ ideas are when the elf is just getting up to pure mischief! I think it’s in these scenarios that us parents can really let our imaginations run riot.

The classic Snow angel.  This is with flour, I love that it’s on a board to limit the mess, girl after my own heart.

Credit: Gemma Bryant

This little elf wanted to be the one on the cereal packet.

Credit: Chammy IRL

I also like the idea that even Santa’s elves can be a bit naughty now and then.  Here is one little elf ‘borrowing’ the children’s pocket money whilst they sleep. Love the eye mask and hat disguise.

Credit: Gemma Bryant

There are quite a few ideas of elf in the fridge.  I have read some where he adds food colouring to the milk.  Not sure I fancy that, but this is a nice comprimise.

Credit:The Gingerbread House

I love this! I think it’s a great idea and definitely one I’m pinching.

Credit: Heather Scott Mckenzie

Naughty elves also like to do drawing, but not always where they are supposed too.  I just hope that pen wipes off!

Credit: Lianne Saunders

Elf getting imagintive

This elf just wanted to do a little bit of baking, and who doesn’t love a bit of late night baking.

Credit: Gemma Bryant

I love this Elf zip wire, that is serious dedication.

Credit: Gema Bryant

I have read about the Skittle rainbow thing, and seen it on social media.  I have yet to try it, but what a genius way of introducing it to your little ones by getting your elf to.  I wonder what other magic tricks we could introduce in this way?

Credit: My Money Cottage


So who knows what scenarios our little Buddy is going to get up to this year, and who knows if we will remember every night to do something!  What I do know is that we are going to have a lot of fun doing it.

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Are you doing elf on the shelf this year? What are your favourite elf scenarios?  Whatever you do enjoy the run up to Christmas.

Kerry x

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Hi I'm Kerry, Wife to James, Step Mum to one, Mum to two and more fur, feather and winged babies than I can count. I have a passion for crafts, encouraging creativity and inspiring imagination especially in children. So if you are looking for some inspiration, ideas and resources to inject a little creativity into your family life, then you've come to the right place. Read More


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