25 Elf On The Shelf Ideas To Craft Up For The Kids

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.


Hot Cocoa Bath

This little guy has the right idea. Who wouldn't want to bathe in hot chocolate and marshmallows? Count me in.


Stocking Stuffer

This is a sweet and simple idea, especially if the stockings are already hanging up. Include a personalized note or a small surprise.


Elf Elevator

Make an elf-friendly elevator using a small cardboard box and string. Old tissue boxes work perfectly for this idea.


Travel Cups

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.


Grinch Hunt

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.


Motorcycle Ride

It only makes sense that a mischievous elf owns a motorcycle. Add a helmet, bandanna, and leather jacket for a super edgy outfit.


Trinket Jar

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.


Photo Pranks

Sometimes, elves just want to help make holiday cards. A Sharpie marker is all you need for this hilarious setup.


Elf Family

Construction paper, scissors, and tape are the only supplies needed for this elfish prank.


Sprinkle Angels

Why make angels in the snow when you can do it in sprinkles? Sugar and small candies can also be used. Yum.


Snowball Fight

Bring the outdoors in with a snowball fight scene. If you don't want to use paper, cotton balls work just as great.


Candy Drums

Lollipops and Keurig coffee cups double as the sweetest set of drums. Brilliant.


Fixing Boo Boos

Help out fellow toys by bandaging them up with gauze, paper toys, and hugs.


Laundry Time

Elves need clean clothes, too. A doll's laundromat set can work perfectly for this setup.


Superhero Throwdown

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.


Cotton Ball Bath

Grab some cotton balls from the bathroom for the warmest Crock Pot bathtub.


Ransom Note

This idea might take a little more effort, but it sure makes an awesome visual. Pair it with some yummy treats.


Wrecking Ball

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.


Gym Time

Stick a marshmallow on each side of a toothpick for a holiday-approved barbel. So good.


Staircase Race

Toilet paper races, anyone? Don't forget to get other household members (or toys) in on the fun.


Toilet 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.


Toilet 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.