Ten Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Ten Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas for When You Don’t Have Time

We have been participating in this fun family Christmas tradition since 2013. We have shared several Scout elf, Kindness elf, or Elf on the Shelf ideas posts and tutorials. () No matter which tradition you participate in, here are a few ideas we have posted in the past:

Magic Elf Kit

Before we get to more ideas, if you really don’t have the time or energy for thinking up last minute elf shenanigans, we have started selling Magic Elf Kits on Etsy!

These elf kits come in different affordable price points, all with several clever and funny ideas and original jokes to last you 24 or more days.

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Magic Elf Kits

10 Quick and Easy Elf Ideas

All ten of these ideas take little to no effort except for one (No Sew Elf Skirt) which I have a tutorial you can check out.

Here we go!

Our elf had a couple run-ins with some reindeer (I bought these at Pier One) that were chasing her.  The first she climbed up some books and onto some red ribbon and the second they chased her up a mini holiday tree.


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With a little bit of tape, you can have your elf, hang onto a stair rail or peep over a mirror.

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If you have already received some Christmas cards from friends and family, you can create a little tent for your Elf.  When my daughter found this one she said she needed a blanket and pillow… details details! I wonder where she gets it?

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This was one of our favorites. Our Elf crafted up a little skirt using some felt she found in my craft room {tutorial}.

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Here are four for those nights I was in a hurry or almost forgot!

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More Elf on the Shelf:

No Sew Elf Skirt – The Elf on the Shelf clothing you can buy at the store is so expensive. This is a quick and easy no sew tutorial for how to make an apron skirt for pennies.

The Elf on the Shelf Tradition – I wrote this after my daughter’s first year of Elf on the Shelf. This post includes a cute goodbye letter for the final night, including a special “baked” tray of mini gingerbread cookies.

Best Elf Ideas – This post shows the first night our elf showed up and nine other adorable ideas including a letter our elf wrote after a day of my daughter misbehaving.

Two Dozen Easy Elf Ideas – Two dozen ideas that are helpful, especially when you forget and need a quick move!

Elf on a Shelf Ideas – This is the first Elf on the Shelf post I ever wrote and includes 7 ideas incorporating my daughter’s toys and games.



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