Easy elf on the shelf ideas | 32 elf on the shelf ideas to see you through December

Love it or hate it, elf on the shelf is huge … and I don’t think it’s going away anytime soon. We’ve been doing it for the past couple of years, but a bit half-heartedly as our boys have been too young to really get it. This year, our eldest son has been asking for weeks when the elf will arrive, so I think we need to up our game! I thought I’d put a post together with easy elf on the shelf ideas, for other parents who, like us, remember at 10pm that they need to move the elf!

What is elf on the shelf?

Elf on the shelf started as an American children’s book. It tells the story of a scout elf being sent by Father Christmas to check if your children are being naughty or nice. As the book became more popular, elf toys were made, and elf on the shelf spread to the UK. Through December, parents place the elf in different locations in the house so he pops up somewhere new when their children wake up in the morning. According to the book, children can chat to the elf but can’t touch him otherwise he will ‘disappear forever’.

When should my elf arrive – and what should they bring?

Our elf arrives on December 1 and brings our advent calendars. We bought an elf door the first year we decided to do elf on the shelf, which appears on the skirting board in the living room overnight. Last year, it took approximately two minutes before the littlest boy pulled it off, so we need to use something stronger than rolled-up sellotape this year!

Where can I buy an elf on the shelf?

If you’ve left it a bit late to buy an “official” scout elf, don’t worry … you can get elf toys pretty much anywhere. I’ve seen them in pound shops, card shops and toy shops. I’d recommend buying one either with bendable arms and legs, or velcro hands so it stays in the position you put it.

What do I need to do elf on the shelf?

All you need is an elf, and your imagination! You can buy elf accessories – sleighs, swings, Christmas jumpers, and even elf CCTV cameras – but you don’t really need them. So far, we’ve managed to do elf on the shelf with bits and bobs we have around the house. If you don’t mind spending a little bit of money, things like marshmallows or cotton wool balls are handy to use as snowballs, or you could buy the odd treat for your elf to leave as a reward for good behaviour.

Easy elf on the shelf ideas…

Anyway, on to the reason you’re probably here … here are our easy elf on the shelf ideas. I’ve enlisted the help of some of my blogging friends for inspiration as I know we’ll be stumped by the end of week one! Thank you to Lianne, from Anklebiters Adventures, Cathryn, from Cardiff Mummy Says, and Leanne, from A Slice of My Life Wales.

easy elf on the shelf ideas

easy elf on the shelf ideas

easy elf on the shelf ideas

easy elf on the shelf ideas

easy elf on the shelf ideas

easy elf on the shelf ideas

easy elf on the shelf ideas

easy elf on the shelf ideas

easy elf on the shelf ideas

easy elf on the shelf ideas

easy elf on the shelf ideas

Elf on the shelf ideas - elf on the shelf snowman

Elf on the shelf ideas - elf under attack by Toy Story Zurg

easy elf on the shelf ideas - wrapping the Christmas tree

elf on the shelf postbox

elf on the shelf report card

easy elf on the shelf ideas

easy elf on the shelf ideas

So there you have it … 32 easy elf on the shelf ideas which should see you through until Christmas! Good luck!

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