15 Mischievous Elf On The Shelf Ideas That Kids Will Flip For

With the holidays fast approaching, parents everywhere have one thing in common, and that's a need for more Elf on the Shelf pose ideas. If you're kind of tapped out, these Elf on the Shelf mischievous ideas are sure to leave your kids in stitches. After all, no one said the elf has to play nice 100 percent of the time.

Fortunately, all of these jokey Elf on the Shelf poses are still appropriate for kids, using toilet paper rolls, family photos, and basic kitchen equipment to great effect. Plus, they're all pretty easy to put cobble together and take down in a day. Your kids will be completely amused by the elf's latest adventures, but you won't be left with too big of a mess to clean up. It's the perfect situation for everyone.

With a whatever craft supplies you have on hand, a little bit of time, and a sense of humor, you can essentially prank your kid every night with the help of the elf. But of course you're only doing the whole elf thing to make your kids happy, and well-behaved, so it's a little more wholesome than most pranks. It really is a family tradition your little ones will remember for years to come, so give these mischievous Elf on the Shelf ideas a whirl for the most memorable Christmas season yet.



Even scout elves enjoy a dip in the pool now and then, and the possibilities for elf pools are endless. Maybe yours can cannonball into a bowl of blue Jell-O, too.


Flour Angels

No matter the weather outside, your elf can make a contained mess indoors with flour pr powdered sugar snow angels on the dining table. Or, if your elf is particularly naughty, they'll make glitter angels.


Spider Elf

The spider elf does... whatever a spider elf does. Make a mini Spider-Man mask for your scout elf and let him pretend to be your kid's favorite superhero for an evening. Make sure you pose him hanging from a piece of ribbon or twine for the full effect.


Go Fish

A really mischievous elf will go fishing in... your kid's fish tank. Not everyone has a mini indoor aquarium, though, so you can create a makeshift one in your own bathroom by filling up the wink and throwing in a few Goldfish Crackers. A drinking straw or candy cane would make an ideal fishing pole.


Elf-ify A Family Photo

Add elf hats on prominent family photos throughout the house. Little pompoms or stick-on google eyes would also make fantastic and silly enhancements to any photo, as would teeny tiny mustaches drawn on all the faces.


Makeover A Mirror

The possibilities for mirror decorations are endless. Reindeer antlers, Santa beards, and silly messages are all a good start. And if you're concerned about stains, then some washable window markers may be the safest tool.


Go On Instagram IRL

Elves are savvy social media users. For instance, this one knows all about Instagram, but you could make similar cutouts for Twitter or Facebook-style posts as well, and the possibilities of debauchery that you can "capture" the elf in are endless. Just make sure you're keeping it PG for the kids.


Make A TP Snowman

Basically, any pose involving toilet paper will crack up your kids, naughty as it may be. And this indoor snowman is especially fun and silly.


Leave A Window Message

Posing the elf outside with a message on the window is a pretty novel approach, but this family must've kept the windows and doors locked, as well as the fireplace flue. And whether you're going for creepy or funny, tweak your message to whatever is appropriate.


Leave A TP Message

This is probably the fastest, easiest, cheapest Elf on the Shelf idea we've seen yet. But since it involves toilet paper, kids will definitely get a kick out of it.


Stage A Snack Attack

If you have a retro popcorn maker, then this idea is kind of obligatory. Of course he would sneak into the machine to sneak in a snack. But the elf can show up in all sorts of other weird places in the kitchen, too. Maybe he's found under the cake dome with a couple of half eaten cupcakes, for instance.


Pose With A Pet

If you have any pocket pets in your family, then incorporate them into the fun. Stage your elf to look like he's trying to "catch" a gerbil — without harming or freaking out the animal, of course — and if you have a dog, there are plenty of shenanigans the two can get into.


Practice Elf Care

Aww, this is a cute idea. Your elf can take a bubble bath in marshmallows. To give it that mischievous twist, surround the elf with some of your most prized beauty products, from bath salts to makeup, and complain to the kids that the elf got into all your good stuff the next morning.


Go Camo

It looks like the elf's face can stand up to all sorts of decorations. Paint your elf's face in camouflage, stick him in the Christmas tree, and lay — or toss — few ornaments on the floor. You can make it look like he was trying to destroy the tree because he didn't like the decor.


Meme-ify The Elf

This looks like one thirsty elf. Your kids may not pick up on the meme, but parents sure will get a kick out of this interesting Elf on the Shelf getup that riffs off the Dos Equis beer advertorial. And look how fancy the elf is — it makes him look kind of hip. And mom — I mean, the elf — is obviously super hip.

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