30 Creative Elf On The Shelf Ideas For Toddlers, Teens, And Adults!

Elf on the Shelf Ideas


Last Updated on November 11, 2021

What’s your sign that the holidays are upon us? When you’ve finally setup the Christmas tree? When the first snow falls? Right after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

For many families in the U.S., it’s when the Elf on the Shelf shows up.

 

When did Elf on the Shelf tradition begin?

What began as a self-published book by Carol Aebersold and daughter Chanda Bell is now a beloved Christmas custom. The book entitled, ‘The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition’ was sold by Aebersold and Bell when other publishers turned them down.

The story is based off of their family’s own Scandinavian holiday that began in the 70s. The premise is simple: Scout Elves come down from the North Pole during Scout Elf Return Week (normally the last week of November through December 1) and get adopted by families. By day, the Elves watch the kids. By night, they report to Santa whether they’ve been ‘naughty’ or ‘nice’.

When the Elves come back to the house, they land on a different place each time. And depending on their personalities, they can be reserved, playful, or even a little roguish. That’s why some children catch their Elves doing various things, such as watching TV or messing up the kitchen.

The caveat? Kids can’t touch the Elves or the magic disappears. But they can talk to them and ask that their wishes reach Santa during the night. Of course, when Santa appears on Christmas Eve to deliver the gifts, the darling Elves must go with him, too.

And so we say farewell to our Elf on the Shelf – at least, until next year.

 

Creative and Cheeky Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Ready to get creative this year? Whether you’re new to the tradition or not, these #elfontheshelf ideas will get you excited for Christmas:

 

1. Blame Game

Credits to: A Small Snippet

While Scout Elves are not normally mischievous, it still depends on their personality (and your imagination). This one doubles as a prank on your little ones!

2. Googling Elfie

Credits to: A Small Snippet

Santa’s Elves are updated with the times. Here we catch him ‘Googling’ himself. Oops.

3. Rolled Away

Credits to: California Unpublished

Oh no, what has he gotten himself into this time? Looks like our Elf landed on the wrong room of the house!

4. Thomas Has a Friend

Credits to: California Unpublished

Perhaps this isn’t the right way to meet a new friend.

5. Hide and Seek

Credits to: California Unpublished

Instead of ‘Where’s Waldo’, this one lets you play ‘Where’s Elfie’ with the kids.

6. Who Wants To Play a Game?

Credits to: Cassie Quezada via Pinterest

Fans of the franchise will certainly have a laugh (or shock?) when they see this in their bathroom in the morning. Definitely a neat prank to play with roomies, teens, or young adults in the household.

7. Scrambled

Credits to: Dory and Sammy via Instagram

It seems *someone* got caught while baking some cookies for Santa!

8. Feeling Cute…

Credits to: Elf on the Shelf Shop

…might make cards later. This Scout comes as a set with a mix of decorative tape so you can re-create endless charming scenes like this one.

9. Lovely in Pink

Credits to: Elf on the Shelf

This cute polar princess dress is bound to put your Elf on a festive, glittery mood!

10. Pizza Party

Credits to: Elf on the Shelf via Instagram

If you adopted a few elves from past Christmases, don’t forget their birthdays! Gather their fellow Scouts and bring out the pizza.

11. Little Mermaid

Credits to: Elf on the Shelf Shop

Dress up your Elves in something a little unconventional. After all, holidays are all about letting your imagination run wild.

12. Movie Night

Credits to: Elf on the Shelf

Who doesn’t like drive-in movies? By the time your Elf comes back from the North Pole, he’ll probably want to indulge in some traditional Christmas films.

13. Quarantine Safety

Credits to: Elf on the Shelf

Although Scout Elves don’t necessarily become sick, they are still worried about your family. Safety first!

14. Red Nosed

Credits to: Elf on the Shelf

Who put that there? Oh, it’s probably just Elfie, clowning around!

15. Upside Down

Credits to: Frugal Coupon Living via Pinterest

You and the kids wake up to this. Creepy or cute?

16. Sprinkle Angels

Credits to: funny.elf.on.the.shelf via Instagram

Guess *someone* misses snow and now wants to turn the kitchen into a sprinkle wonderland? (For parents: works with marshmallows, flour, and glitter, too.)

17. Prankster

Credits to: Jedi Craft Girl

Uh oh, Santa’s helper is getting a little naughty. Better hide your pens and markers!

18. Frozen

Credits to: Heather Marie Taskovics via Instagram

Looks like winter decided to come early – and Elsa seems to be the culprit.

19. Trapped?

Credits to: Lisa Stout Photography

Did Lotso put our Scout on time-out? That, or he’s really helping him get out of a tight situation.

20. The Dark Side

Credits to: Lisa Stout Photography

Should we help or…?

21. Heroics

Credits to: Lisa Stout Photography

…With great power comes great responsibility.

22. Barbie and Friends

Credits to: Living Locurto

When it comes to having fun, no one knows it better than Barbie and her friends. Just remind your Elf not to have ‘too much’ fun.

23. To Infinity and Beyond

Credits to: Peace The Elf via Instagram

Woody, Buzz, and the whole gang is about to have a new playmate!

24. Card Games

Credits to: Snapshots of a Sweet Life via Blogspot

Do you think the Scout Elf will win this round? How many games have they been playing while you were asleep? No one knows.

25. Sneak Peek

Credits to: Snapshots of a Sweet Life via Blogspot

Hey, no peeking at the gifts, mister!

26. Cookie Hugger

Credits to: Snapshots of a Sweet Life via Blogspot

Did *someone* want a midnight snack and got stuck in the fridge?

27. Hacked

Credits to: thenameisblack via Instagram

You wake up to this on all your gadgets: what do you do?

28. Space Between Us

Credits to: The Original Elf via Instagram

This cool little dude seems to have taken a side trip to space while on his journey to the North Pole. Ask him what he saw!

29. Minecraft Medley

Credits to: The Roberts Family Elves via Instagram

If your kids love Minecraft, then this Elf on the Shelf will make for a fantastic surprise.

30. Farewell

Credits to: The Nerd’s Wife

Once all the merry-making is done, it’s time for your Scout to say goodbye – at least until next year. Make sure he leaves a note behind for the kids.

 

Which Elf on the Shelf will you re-create in your home?

 

Tags: 10 best elf on the shelf ideas 2 elf on the shelf ideas 2019 elf on a shelf ideas 3 elves on the shelf 35 elf on the shelf ideas amazing elf amazing elf on the shelf amazing elf on the shelf ideas beautiful elf best easy elf on the shelf ideas best elf ideas best elf ideas ever best elf on a shelf pics best elf on the shelf best elf on the shelf ideas best elf on the shelf ideas 2018 best elf on the shelf ideas ever big elf on the shelf ideas buddy elf ideas buddy the elf ideas buddy the elf on the shelf buy elf on the shelf cheap elf on the shelf cheeky elf ideas chippy elf on the shelf chippy the elf christmas elf funny christmas elf ideas christmas elf ideas photos christmas elf ideas uk christmas elf on the shelf christmas elf on the shelf ideas christmas eve elf on the shelf ideas clever elf ideas clever elf on shelf ideas clever elf on the shelf ideas cool christmas elf cool elf hiding ideas cool elf ideas cool elf on the shelf ideas cool things to do with elf on the shelf cool things to do with the elf on the shelf cool things you can do with elf on the shelf crazy elf ideas crazy elf on the shelf crazy elf on the shelf ideas creative elf on a shelf ideas creative elf on the shelf creative elf on the shelf ideas creative ideas elf on the shelf creative things to do with elf on the shelf cute elf ideas cute elf on the shelf cute elf on the shelf ideas cute elf on the shelf ideas 2018 cute elf on the shelf images cute elf on the shelf pics cute elves ideas cute ideas for elf on the shelf different elf on the shelf different elf on the shelf faces easy and funny elf on the shelf ideas easy but funny elf on the shelf ideas easy creative elf on the shelf ideas easy elf easy elf ideas easy elf on the shelf easy elf on the shelf ideas easy elfie ideas easy funny elf on the shelf ideas easy ideas elf on the shelf easy ideas for elf on shelf easy naughty elf ideas easy quick elf on the shelf ideas 2018 ef on the shelf ef on the shelf ideas elf 2018 ideas elf 2020 elf and the shelf elf and the shelf ideas elf christmas funny elf elf on the shelf ideas elf first day back elf funny elf funny ideas elf hiding ideas elf ideas elf ideas day 2 elf ideas funny elf ideas ltd elf ideas quick elf inspiration elf naughty ideas elf on elf on a shelf christmas tree elf on a shelf ideas 2019 elf on a shelf ideas easy elf on a shelf inappropriate ideas elf on a shelf naughty ideas elf on a shelf selfie elf on a shelf to buy uk elf on shelf easy elf on shelf elf elf on shelf fun ideas elf on shelf ideas easy elf on shelf ideas list elf on shelf milk gone bad elf on shelf nice ideas elf on shelf swing ideas elf on shelf with toast elf on the elf on the elf ideas elf on the shelf elf on the shelf 1st december ideas elf on the shelf 3 elf on the shelf 6 elf on the shelf activities elf on the shelf adventures elf on the shelf bathroom ideas elf on the shelf bed ideas elf on the shelf bedroom elf on the shelf being naughty ideas elf on the shelf camping elf on the shelf caught on tape eating elf on the shelf christmas tree elf on the shelf close elf on the shelf come back ideas elf on the shelf crazy ideas elf on the shelf day 3 elf on the shelf day 3 ideas elf on the shelf decorating ideas elf on the shelf designs elf on the shelf dj elf on the shelf doing stuff elf on the shelf doll ideas elf on the shelf door uk elf on the shelf dressed in black elf on the shelf drum set elf on the shelf eaten elf on the shelf elf elf on the shelf elf ideas elf on the shelf extras elf on the shelf first day elf on the shelf first day ideas elf on the shelf for sale uk elf on the shelf fun ideas elf on the shelf gold coins elf on the shelf gone bad pictures elf on the shelf good ideas elf on the shelf great ideas elf on the shelf hiding ideas elf on the shelf house elf on the shelf house ideas elf on the shelf ideas elf on the shelf ideas 2017 elf on the shelf ideas 2019 funny elf on the shelf ideas 2021 elf on the shelf ideas christmas eve elf on the shelf ideas cool elf on the shelf ideas easy elf on the shelf ideas for 3 elves elf on the shelf ideas for adults elf on the shelf ideas for home elf on the shelf ideas for kids elf on the shelf ideas funny 2019 elf on the shelf ideas to buy elf on the shelf ideas uk 2019 elf on the shelf in my house elf on the shelf inappropriate ideas elf on the shelf inspiration elf on the shelf jingle elf on the shelf jingle bells elf on the shelf joke ideas elf on the shelf last night elf on the shelf last night ideas elf on the shelf living room ideas elf on the shelf merchandise uk elf on the shelf messy ideas elf on the shelf mischievous ideas elf on the shelf moving ideas elf on the shelf naughty ideas 2018 elf on the shelf naughty messages elf on the shelf new house elf on the shelf nice ideas elf on the shelf nutella poop elf on the shelf office ideas elf on the shelf office ideas 2017 elf on the shelf office ideas 2018 elf on the shelf pics elf on the shelf pictures standing up elf on the shelf poem uk elf on the shelf post it notes elf on the shelf raincoat ideas elf on the shelf return ideas elf on the shelf return ideas 2018 elf on the shelf room elf on the shelf running elf on the shelf selfie elf on the shelf selfie stick elf on the shelf setup ideas elf on the shelf shenanigans ideas elf on the shelf showing up ideas elf on the shelf silly string ideas elf on the shelf simple ideas elf on the shelf snowman elf on the shelf stranger things elf on the shelf stuff elf on the shelf suggestions elf on the shelf swing elf on the shelf things elf on the shelf things they do elf on the shelf toast elf on the shelf toast house elf on the shelf toilet paper songs elf on the shelf toy uk elf on the shelf tricks elf on the shelf trouble ideas elf on the shelf vs elf stuff elf toast elf toast ideas elfie christmas elf elfie ideas elfie ideas 2019 elfo on a shelf elfs cute elfs ideas elg on the shelf elv on a shelf elv on the shelf elves doing yoga exciting elf on the shelf ideas fake elf on the shelf toy fun stuff to do with elf on the shelf funniest elf on the shelf funniest elf on the shelf ideas funniest ideas for elf on the shelf funny and easy elf on the shelf ideas funny buddy the elf ideas funny christmas elf funny christmas elf ideas funny elf funny elf and the shelf ideas funny elf ideas funny elf on the shelf funny elf on the shelf ideas funny elf on the shelf ideas for 2 elves funny elf on the shelf ideas for adults funny elf on the shelf ideas for work funny elf on the shelf ideas naughty funny elf on the shelf messages funny elf on the shelf pictures funny elf pictures funny ideas for your elf on the shelf funny images of elf on the shelf funny kid friendly elf on the shelf ideas funny looking elf funny things for elf on the shelf to do funny things the elf does funny things to do with elf on the shelf gangsta elf on the shelf good elf ideas good elf on the shelf good elf on the shelf ideas good ideas for my elf on a shelf good ideas to do with elf on the shelf good places to put elf on the shelf google elf on the shelf ideas google show me a picture of elf on the shelf great elf on the shelf ideas grown up elf on the shelf ideas grumpy elf on the shelf harry potter elf on the shelf ideas hilarious elf hilarious elf on a shelf ideas hilarious elf on the shelf ideas how do you get an elf on a shelf how do you get an elf on the shelf how does elf on the shelf work how to do elf on the shelf how to make elf on shelf walk on ceiling how to play elf on the shelf idea elf idea of elf on a shelf ideas for elf on the shelf mischief ideas for elf on the shelf pranks ideas for the elf on the shelf to do ideas on where to place elf on the shelf ideas to do with elf on the shelf jingle elf ideas kid friendly elf on the shelf ideas last minute elf on the shelf ideas list of elf on the shelf ideas little elf on the shelf ideas messy elf on the shelf ideas naughty christmas elf naughty elf naughty elf christmas tradition naughty elf ideas naughty elf on a shelf images naughty elf on the shelf naughty elf on the shelf ideas naughty elf on the shelf ideas 2018 naughty elf on the shelf ideas for kids naughty elf on the shelf tricks naughty elf snowman naughty elf toy naughty elf tricks naughty ideas naughty ideas for elf on the shelf naughty shelf elf ideas naughty the elf naughty things elf on the shelf can do naughty things to do with elf on the shelf new elf ideas 2018 new elf on shelf ideas new elf on the shelf ideas new elf on the shelf ideas 2015 nice elf on the shelf ideas on the shelf plush elf on shelf ideas quick and easy elf on the shelf ideas quick buddy the elf ideas quick easy elf on the shelf ideas quick elf ideas quick elf ideas uk quick elf on the shelf ideas quick elf on the shelf ideas 2019 quick funny elf on the shelf ideas quick naughty elf on the shelf ideas running out of elf on the shelf ideas santa elf ideas santa’s naughty elves scout elf scout elf ideas shelf on the elf ideas show me a picture of a elf on the shelf show me a picture of elf on the shelf show me elf on the shelf silly elf on the shelf ideas simple elf simple elf ideas simple elf on a shelf ideas simple elf on the shelf ideas simple naughty elf ideas sneaky christmas elf stuff to do with the elf on the shelf the best elf on shelf ideas the naughty elf on the shelf ideas things an elf on the shelf does things to do with elf on the shelf top 10 ideas for elf on the shelf two elfs on the shelf ideas unique elf ideas unique elf on a shelf ideas unique elf on shelf unique elf on the shelf ideas unique funny elf on the shelf ideas very naughty elf ideas very naughty elf on the shelf weird elf weird elf on a shelf weird elf on the shelf ideas what are elves on the shelves what can my elf do tonight what can you do with elf on the shelf what do elf on the shelf eat what do elves do what do elves look like what does a christmas elf look like what does elf on a shelf look like what does elf on the shelf do what does naughty elf do what is an elf on a shelf christmas what is elf what is elf on the shelf what is elf on the shelf uk what is the idea of elf on a shelf what to do with elf on the shelf what to do with elf on the shelf tonight what’s elf on the shelf when did elf on the shelf start when does elf on the shelf come back 2018 when does the elf on the shelf come when is my elf coming back where can i buy elf on the shelf where can i find elf on the shelf where can i get an elf on the shelf where to get elf on the shelf where to hide elf on the shelf wild elf on the shelf ideas





Source link

You May Also Like