The closer it gets to Christmas, parents usually find themselves getting increasingly exhausted, while their kids get increasingly excited. Two weeks into December is the time when parents really start to get weary — if they're not already — of moving the scout Elf around, drawing a blank when trying to think up new and creative spots for it to be found the next morning. Luckily, we have a handful of ideas for your Elf on the Shelf using Christmas decorations you probably already have set up in your home. And the bonus? They won't make an additional mess, unless you count the sticky fingers your kids might end up with after devouring the candy canes the Elf brings.
From letting your elf take a ride on that train set that's already set up to drawing a "bauble bath" using a bowl and a few sparkly ornaments borrowed from the Christmas tree, these clever elf on the shelf set ups using existing Christmas decorations won't set you back any further financially, while still letting your elf do all the exploring and adventuring they wish to around the house. Let's face it, you're not the only tired parent just trying to inject a little magic into your kids' Christmas this year, so if there's already a festive holiday getup in your home, let it do the heavy work and incorporate the elf into what's already there.
Here are some easy ways elf on the shelf ideas using Christmas decorations around your home that will delight your kids just as much as if you had spent all night creating an elaborate scene just for one morning photo op. Trust us, they'll love it just as much.