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The Best Elf on the Shelf Ideas You’ll HAVE to Try!

Elf on the Shelf is a fun Christmas tradition! If you are short on inspiration, check out these 25 fun Elf on the Shelf ideas your kids will love!

The Best Elf on the Shelf Ideas You'll HAVE to Try!

Elf on the Shelf is such a fun family Christmas tradition! You probably know what I’m talking about, but if you don’t, you can learn more here.

Anyhoo, the idea is that the elf’s job is to watch the children and report their behavior back to Santa before Christmas. The kids wake up each morning to find their elf  in a new position around the house – and to discover what he is doing each day.

Sometimes he makes mischief, and that’s when it gets fun! If you want to get creative with your kids’ elf, here are 25 awesome Elf on the Shelf ideas. Which is your favorite? Scroll down to see them!

Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Kids

Elf tied down to a Lego mat

Lego Lockdown

The toys conspired against this elf – tying him up until someone comes and rescues him! This reminds me of the novel by Jonathan Swift called “Gulliver’s Travels.” Is this elf in Lilliput?

Photo from Smarty the Elf’s Facebook page

Elf tangled in Christmas lights

String Lights

Buddy tried to decorate – and ended up getting all tangled!

Photo by Sweet Shoppe Designs

Elf on the Shelf is a fun Christmas tradition! If you are short on inspiration, check out these 25 fun Elf on the Shelf ideas your kids will love!

Sink Spa

Have your elf take a relaxing bath in a sink full of marshmallows.

Photo by Flickr user Snippets From Suburbia

Elf on the Shelf is a fun Christmas tradition! If you are short on inspiration, check out these 25 fun Elf on the Shelf ideas your kids will love!

Cookie Thief

I wonder if this elf is sick from all of the cookies he ate? Food related Elf on the Shelf ideas are so fun for the kids!

Photo by Flickr user Jamie Sobczyk

Elf on the Shelf is a fun Christmas tradition! If you are short on inspiration, check out these 25 fun Elf on the Shelf ideas your kids will love!

Cookie Time

Billy felt guilty about eating the kids’ cookies, so made them a new (mini) batch overnight.

Photo by Flickr user Jamie Sobczyk

Elf on the Shelf is a fun Christmas tradition! If you are short on inspiration, check out these 25 fun Elf on the Shelf ideas your kids will love!

Cereal Tricks

Have your kids wake up in the morning to find their elf spelling their names. They may have eaten a few pieces in the process as well!

Photo from Flickr user Sinister Rules

Elf on the Shelf is a fun Christmas tradition! If you are short on inspiration, check out these 25 fun Elf on the Shelf ideas your kids will love!

Gift Wrap

This elf wrapped up the entire toilet as a Christmas surprise. Who is going to unwrap it and what will they find? :0

Photo by Flickr user wmc75

Elf on the Shelf is a fun Christmas tradition! If you are short on inspiration, check out these 25 fun Elf on the Shelf ideas your kids will love!

Pumping Iron

How fun to wake up in the morning to your elf lifting marshmallow weights! Of course, they’re just marshmallows – so it’s a perfect amount of weight for the elf.

Photo by Flickr user Snippets From Suburbia

Elf on the Shelf is a fun Christmas tradition! If you are short on inspiration, check out these 25 fun Elf on the Shelf ideas your kids will love!

Medieval Joust

Have your elf participate in a jousting competition with another action figure. I’m placing my money on the unicorn!

Photo by Flickr user Snippets From Suburbia

Elf on the Shelf is a fun Christmas tradition! If you are short on inspiration, check out these 25 fun Elf on the Shelf ideas your kids will love!

Silly Mustaches

Kids will love finding the family photos tagged with mini mustaches.

Photo by A Small Snippet

Elf on the Shelf is a fun Christmas tradition! If you are short on inspiration, check out these 25 fun Elf on the Shelf ideas your kids will love!

Trapped in a Cup

Wyatt got trapped in a cup while making mischief on a shelf!

Photo by Dirty Diaper Laundry

Elf on the Shelf is a fun Christmas tradition! If you are short on inspiration, check out these 25 fun Elf on the Shelf ideas your kids will love!

Family Photos

This elf was busy during the night – and replaced all of the family photos with photos of himself!

Photo by What’s Under The Stone

Elf on the Shelf is a fun Christmas tradition! If you are short on inspiration, check out these 25 fun Elf on the Shelf ideas your kids will love!

TP’d Tree

Have your elf wrap the Christmas tree in toilet paper while the kids are asleep.

Photo by What’s Under The Stone

Elf on the Shelf is a fun Christmas tradition! If you are short on inspiration, check out these 25 fun Elf on the Shelf ideas your kids will love!

Fun Swing

Use an old toilet paper roll to make a hilarious doorway swing.

Photo by A Small Snippet

Elf on the Shelf is a fun Christmas tradition! If you are short on inspiration, check out these 25 fun Elf on the Shelf ideas your kids will love!

Feed the Dog

Have your elf feed the pets in a fun way – like with a toy loader.

Photo by Home Stories A to Z

Elf on the Shelf is a fun Christmas tradition! If you are short on inspiration, check out these 25 fun Elf on the Shelf ideas your kids will love!

Nap Time

Every elf needs a nap. This one took one in a tissue box!

Photo by Home Stories A to Z

Elf on the Shelf is a fun Christmas tradition! If you are short on inspiration, check out these 25 fun Elf on the Shelf ideas your kids will love!

Photo Booth

This elf started a photo booth with his Barbie friends – complete with props.

Download the printable props at Living Locurto

Elf on the Shelf is a fun Christmas tradition! If you are short on inspiration, check out these 25 fun Elf on the Shelf ideas your kids will love!

Shaving Elf

I love elf on the shelf ideas that use common household items! This elf woke up early to clean himself up and have a shave – who knows if he even has facial hair?

Photo by Rocking My 365 Project

Elf on the Shelf is a fun Christmas tradition! If you are short on inspiration, check out these 25 fun Elf on the Shelf ideas your kids will love!

Kid Trap

Have your elf set a child trap using tape and crepe paper.

Found at Over the Big Moon

Elf on the Shelf is a fun Christmas tradition! If you are short on inspiration, check out these 25 fun Elf on the Shelf ideas your kids will love!

Stocking Hangers

This elf created mischief by hanging everyone’s underwear where the stockings are supposed to go.

Photo by Rae of Light Photography

Elf on the Shelf is a fun Christmas tradition! If you are short on inspiration, check out these 25 fun Elf on the Shelf ideas your kids will love!

Snowball Games

Have your elf get into a mini snowball fight with another action figure.

Photo by Rae of Light Photography

Elf on the Shelf is a fun Christmas tradition! If you are short on inspiration, check out these 25 fun Elf on the Shelf ideas your kids will love!

Copier Pranks

Elf on the Shelf ideas get a little naughty: this elf went wild and started copying his bottom!

Photo by Lil’ Blue Boo

Elf on the Shelf is a fun Christmas tradition! If you are short on inspiration, check out these 25 fun Elf on the Shelf ideas your kids will love!

Snow Angels

Pour out some rice so that your elf can make some mini snow angels.

Photo by Lil’ Blue Boo

Elf on the Shelf is a fun Christmas tradition! If you are short on inspiration, check out these 25 fun Elf on the Shelf ideas your kids will love!

Shower Elf

Jolly the elf stepped in reindeer poop and had to use the shower to wash it off.

Learn more at Carey Pace

Elf on the Shelf is a fun Christmas tradition! If you are short on inspiration, check out these 25 fun Elf on the Shelf ideas your kids will love!

Toilet Fishing

This elf thought the toilet was a place to fish – for Goldfish crackers.

Photo from Efficient Life Skills


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Heather

Wednesday 27th of November 2013

Great ideas and so much fun!

Leslie

Wednesday 27th of November 2013

Adorable ideas.

Tara @ Suburble

Tuesday 26th of November 2013

Okay - the Gulliver's Travels elf made me laugh out loud! (But I did quite like the elf with a mustache - especially when he was hanging out with the Barbie gang! I didn't know that the Elf was such a lady's man! )

Great round-up, Amy!

malia

Tuesday 26th of November 2013

Thanks... Perfect timing! Our elf will be arriving to our shelf very soon!

Kelly of Simply Kelly Designs

Tuesday 26th of November 2013

Love these ideas! I have been thinking about getting the Elf on the Shelf and I think this had finally pushed me over the edge!!!!