Now that December is in full force, it’s time to take all those holiday activities seriously. And if you’re all about tradition, it also means that it is time to start brainstorming Elf on the Shelf ideas.
Oh, you haven't heard of Elf on the Shelf? First off, congratulation son avoiding this for so long. Second, here's a little background info. According to the official website, Elf on the Shelf was created by mother-daughter duo Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell. The tradition involves a little scout elf who acts as a messenger for Santa, reporting back on good behavior. This concept encourages kids to act with kindness and care; otherwise, the scout elf won’t make an appearance. Generally, he’s a mischievous little guy that loves to play fun (and harmless) pranks on the family.
This be especially fun if you have curious young children (or siblings) that are easily amused. It’s also a great way to push your own creativity and imagination. But if you’ve been doing it for the past few years, you may be running out of ideas. An elf can only do so many things, after all. Plus, older kids may be a bit more skeptical, making it a challenging feat.
It all comes down to making a game plan for every single day up to Christmas. By doing so, you’ll be able to fuel your own excitement for the activity. You don't have to look far for inspiration, though. Here are 25 awesome ideas for Elf on the Shelf to craft up this month.
1Hot Cocoa Bath
This little guy has the right idea. Who wouldn't want to bathe in hot chocolate and marshmallows? Count me in.
This is a sweet and simple idea, especially if the stockings are already hanging up. Include a personalized note or a small surprise.
Make an elf-friendly elevator using a small cardboard box and string. Old tissue boxes work perfectly for this idea.
Hide your little friend in an unexpected place like the cupboard. Drawers and closets work, too.
Who's says "trick or treat" is just for Halloween? You can use any kind of snack or candy for this idea.
Thanks to the resident elf, the Grinch can't steal Christmas after all. Add a toy dog for extra security.
A small segment of fabric is all you need to make a mini sleeping bag. Don't forget to invite his friends, too.
It only makes sense that a mischievous elf owns a motorcycle. Add a helmet, bandanna, and leather jacket for a super edgy outfit.
A large jar and tiny toys are all you need for this funny idea. It can also work with natural elements like acorns, stones, and twigs.
Sometimes, elves just want to help make holiday cards. A Sharpie marker is all you need for this hilarious setup.
Construction paper, scissors, and tape are the only supplies needed for this elfish prank.
Why make angels in the snow when you can do it in sprinkles? Sugar and small candies can also be used. Yum.
Bring the outdoors in with a snowball fight scene. If you don't want to use paper, cotton balls work just as great.
Lollipops and Keurig coffee cups double as the sweetest set of drums. Brilliant.
15Fixing Boo Boos
Help out fellow toys by bandaging them up with gauze, paper toys, and hugs.
Elves need clean clothes, too. A doll's laundromat set can work perfectly for this setup.
It's the battle of the toys—who will win? For this concept, a jar can be used in place of a glass.
To make a fishing rod that is fit for an elf, tie a strand of thread to a cotton swab. You can also place him by the bathtub, sink, or washing machine.
19Cotton Ball Bath
Grab some cotton balls from the bathroom for the warmest Crock Pot bathtub.
This idea might take a little more effort, but it sure makes an awesome visual. Pair it with some yummy treats.
Have a Miley Cyrus fan in the house? You can be sure they'll appreciate this humorous pose. Extra points for dressing him up in a Miley-inspired outfit.
Stick a marshmallow on each side of a toothpick for a holiday-approved barbel. So good.
Toilet paper races, anyone? Don't forget to get other household members (or toys) in on the fun.
24Toilet Paper Snowman
Stack a few rolls of toilet paper on top of each other and use markers to create snowman details. This one is ideal if you don't want to unravel a perfectly good roll of toilet paper.
25Toilet Paper Tree
Apparently, elves really love fooling around with toilet paper. An idea like this is cheap, easy, and adds to the decor... sort of.