'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring — because you finally got to pack up your Elf on the Shelf and send him back to the North Pole for a year. OK, so you're not quite there yet. But you guys, it's the homestretch. The elf in our house doesn't do much but move around the house (no flour angels here) and even we're looking for clever Elf on the Shelf ideas because we're officially out of them. Also, it's literally almost Christmas. I'm too busy wondering where the hell all my Amazon packages are and trying to figure out if I have enough wrapping paper and tape. (The answer is that there's truly never enough.)
But that doesn't mean your elf can't have a little fun. If you want to keep the magic of everyone's favorite scout elf alive, but not bleed your brain dry of creativity (after all, you're still trying to mentally calculate how many bags of chocolate chips you need for Santa's cookies), there's plenty of inspiration out there. These 17 clever Elf on the Shelf ideas are simple enough to whip up once your kid's asleep, but will still be super impressive in the morning. C'mon guys. We're almost there. We can do this together.
4Like Frosty, But Not
You don’t need real snow, or even fake snow, to build a convincing snowman. Just a couple rolls of toilet paper and construction paper will get the job done perfectly. And if you don’t even have construction paper (What kind of monster are you!?) then just color white paper, obvi.
6Hot Air Balloons
Busy Philipps’s elf game is so strong. A couple balloons is all you need to make a homemade hot air balloon that your kids are going to get a kick out of finding the next morning. Chances are you have a helium tank in your garage for occasions such as these, but if you don’t, you can just tape the balloons to the wall and it’ll be just as effective.
This elf is livin’ da life. Make a mock beach scene in the middle of your living room with just a few things you have lying around the house: a hand towel as a beach blanket, a shot glass to represent a tropical drink, and a cupcake liner and stick is all you need to make a really cute umbrella. The passport is impressive, but seriously, who has the time for that right now?
Oh, just so happen to have medical masks lying around? They make perfect hammocks for your scout elf to relax in. If you don’t, you can easily fashion one yourself with some fabric (or even a couple layers of paper towels) and some string. Nestle your chill elf somewhere on the Christmas tree where the kids will easily spot it, but high enough that their grubby little hands can’t reach.
The closer it gets to Christmas, the more destroyed my house becomes. If you're going to be baking up a storm, let your elf get in on the action with a bulldozer and some flour. Not digging the mess? They can just hold onto a bottle of sprinkles or vanilla extract to show that they care about Christmas cookies, too.
14Enjoying The Main Food Groups
As Buddy the Elf told all of us, elves have to enjoy the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corn, and syrup. Let your elf enjoy the last few days of Christmas by indulging in some of those groups. (Just make sure you don't need the syrup for breakfast that morning.)
Flour's a pain in the ass to clean up, but your elf can show just how excited they are that Christmas is almost here with this sprinkle angel. Plus it shouldn't take up too much of your precious counter space for the day.
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