20 Plus Elf on the Shelf Ideas

November 26, 2019 4 Comments
Elf on the Shelf Ideas

2017 was the first year we did Elf on the Shelf.  If I’m honest me and the Mr have had a lot of fun doing it! Almost as much as the kids enjoyed finding their elf  ‘Buddy’ each morning to see what he had been up to.  With the start of Advent this weekend I have been looking at Buddy’s sheenagins over the last few years, and thought I would share them with you. Hopefully it will give you some Elf on the Shelf ideas and inspiration and a litle chuckle too.

The kids are already super excited about their elf coming back to see them, and thinking about what he might do. We really did go in two feet first the last few years, so need to try and think up some equally good elf on the shelf ideas and scenarios for this year.

I can’t take credit for all the ideas, but if you like me are looking for Elf on the Shelf inpiration, then here is a peak at what Buddy got up to in our house the last few Christmases.

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Elf Being Messenger

We used our elf as delivery man on a few nights. Morning on 1st December marked his arrival and he bought along the kids’ advent calenders.

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

We also used him to deliver the kids invitations a few years ago to Lapland UK from the big man himself. If you get a chance to go it’s a truly magical Christmas experience.

This year we are fortunate enough to be going to the real Lapland in Finland. It’s a big surprise for the kids, but I’m hoping Buddy will be kind enough to tell the kids on the morning of our travels!

On Christmas Eve, he has to head home back to Lapland, but always leaves a note and our Christmas Eve box for us to open.

I have also seen people use their Elves to stage North Pole breakfast, something I might try this year!

Naughty Naughty Elf

By far my favourite elf on the shelf ideas and scenarios are when the little elf is getting up to no good.  These were what the kids loved and still talk about today, but also what us parents had the most fun setting up.  Here’s a few mischievous things Buddy has got up to.

Leaving toothpaste messages on the mirror,

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Adding food colouring to the milk, and hiding out in the fridge!

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Having a number two (choc drops and sprinkles no less!) in Isla’s dollhouse toilet,

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Tying up Oliver’s Superheros,

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

They got their own back though at a later date!

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

And again the toys get their own back!

Stealing money from Mummy’s money box,

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Drawing on the pictures,

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Stealing chocolates from the tree.

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

My all time favourite though was eating all of Daddy’s advent calender! with smears of chocolate around his moosh.

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

We used a similar idea the following year, scratching off my advent calender scratch card.

Or even taping up over the kids playroom door! (watch your paint work with this one!)

Elves Just want to Have Fun

It’s also fun just to let him do his own thing now and then!

Creating snowangels in the kitchen,

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Fishing in the cat bowl with his wellies on,

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Watching the iPad with his new found friends,

Dressing up as a fairy,

Creating a Skittle rainbow for the kids.

Playing Pie Face with Barbie

Dressing up as Harry Potter!

Take an Elfie

We also had a lot of fun getting some great ‘Elfies’ and pinning them to the notice board one morning. Elfies with the kids sleeping, mixing with their toys and generally being a cheeky little elf!

Goodness only knows what Buddy will get up to this year! Hopefully by sharing what we have done over the last few years it has given you some inspiration, but if you need some more inspiration for Elf on the Shelf ideas, then check out and follow our Pinterest board.

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

I have also created an Elf on the shelf planner for 2019, which you can find and download and print for free in my ‘Secret Garden’, my newsletter subscribers only area where I will put all my printables. If you would access to it, just pop your details in below.

Elf On The Shelf Planner

Elf on the Shelf Planner


  • Typical Mummy November 30, 2018 at 10:41 am

    I’ve wanted to do Elf on the Shelf every year as it looks like so much fun, but I really don’t think I’m organised enough to start!! So I have to make do with looking at other people’s fab posts and pictures instead!!! #KidsandKreativity

  • Karen, the next best thing to mummy November 30, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Loving these new ideas#kidsandkreativity@_larendennis

  • Emma December 6, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    As you know we don’t do the Elf but have mischevious dinosaurs in Dinovember to contend with instead. I’m definitely stealing some of these ideas…the photo and sharpie is a great one. #KidsandKreativity

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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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