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Easy Elf on the Shelf – My Greatest Hits

Easy and Fun Elf on the Shelf Ideas - Under ten minutes.
Easy and Fun Elf on the Shelf Ideas – Under ten minutes.

A non-food post, but one worth pinning if you have littles at home and you do Elf on the Shelf.  When it comes to Elf on the Shelf, people usually fall into one of three categories:

They (a) hate the elf, think the elf is creepy, think the elf is stupid, think the elf is wrong, think people use the elf to manipulate their children into behaving when they should just be parents, or think the elf is too much work.  Either way, they hate the elf.

They (b) got an elf because of peer pressure or because it looked kind of fun, but loathe moving the little elf around, do it solely because their kids like it, regret getting an elf to begin with, and also pretty much hate the elf.

Or, (c) they LOVE the elf.  They enjoy scanning pinterest for new elf ideas, they have fun hiding it, they bring it out right on the day after Thanksgiving, and in some cases, they even buy more than one elf.

I fall into category C.  I LOVE the elf.  I don’t use him to punish or scold my children (not that I’m necessarily against that, I just don’t use the elf that way.) I do sometimes point to the elves though and remind my kids that they are watching.  We started out with one elf, Dingle Kringle.  We added a second elf this year, Holly Twinkle Toes.  I just bought a third elf on Amazon because they were on sale, for next year.  Three kids, three elves.  This way they can all take one when they grow up and move out. (Sob.)

Are there nights that I don’t feel like doing anything extraordinary and I just stick the elf in the tree or on a shelf? Yes siree.  Many, actually.  But oh man, I love watching their little faces light up when they come running downstairs in the morning to find them.

So here they are, my greatest hits.  I have never, ever spent more than 10 minutes on the elf, and usually, it’s under 5.

Captured by Spiders (old Halloween decorations and yarn)
Captured by Spiders (old Halloween decorations and yarn)
Elf Candy Cane Zipline
Elf Candy Cane Zipline
We brought back Snow from the North Pole! Just sprinkled around baking soda (non-sticky, easy clean up) and wrote with my finger! Put a little "snow" on the elves too, so it would look like they'd been playing in it.
We brought back Snow from the North Pole! Just sprinkled around baking soda (non-sticky, easy clean up) and wrote with my finger! Put a little “snow” on the elves too, so it would look like they’d been playing in it.
Banana Minions. Drew on with a sharpie. Took mere moments and my kids loved this one.
Banana Minions. Drew on with a sharpie. Took mere moments and my kids loved this one.
Probably this year's greatest hit. Balloons. Blew up some red and green balloons and left them all over the living room. Put the elves in the tree and secured a balloon up to each one's mouth with one of those tiny little clear rubber bands that you use on little girl's hair. (I use these a lot with EOTS)
Probably this year’s greatest hit. Balloons. Blew up some red and green balloons and left them all over the living room. Put the elves in the tree and secured a balloon up to each one’s mouth with one of those tiny little clear rubber bands that you use on little girl’s hair. (I use these a lot with EOTS)
NOT FOR EVERYONE but a THRILL for my little potty humorists. Doll toilet, hersheys kiss. Used double sided tape to tape the elf's hat to the lampshade, holding him up. Also used double sided tape for the toilet paper.
NOT FOR EVERYONE but a THRILL for my little potty humorists. Doll toilet, hersheys kiss. Used double sided tape to tape the elf’s hat to the lampshade, holding him up. Also used double sided tape for the toilet paper.
Acrobats! Hung from the ceiling with push pins and twine.
Acrobats! Hung from the ceiling with push pins and twine.
Elf Arrival - hung from the ceiling with push pins and twine, and a sign I got on Etsy for $2.00
Elf Arrival – hung from the ceiling with push pins and twine, and a sign I got on Etsy for $2.00
Riding on toy dinosaurs on the top of the stove fan. Attached with tiny rubber bands.
Riding on toy dinosaurs on the top of the stove fan. Attached with tiny rubber bands.
The day our second elf arrived with a note explaining who she was.
The day our second elf arrived with a note explaining who she was.
Days till Christmas chain. Made a tiny chain out of construction paper and tape.
Days till Christmas chain. Made a tiny chain out of construction paper and tape.
Elf brought breakfast! Just bought some mini donuts, put them on kabob sticks, and used M&Ms, pretzels, and licorice. My kids couldn't BELIEVE they got to eat this for breakfast. I have done this one twice.
Elf brought breakfast! Just bought some mini donuts, put them on kabob sticks, and used M&Ms, pretzels, and licorice. My kids couldn’t BELIEVE they got to eat this for breakfast. I have done this one twice.
Elf in the time out corner. 3 seconds. Bam.
Elf in the time out corner. 3 seconds. Bam.
Easiest thing ever. Googly eyes, elmers glue.
Easiest thing ever. Googly eyes, elmers glue.
One of my more time consuming ones. Put pictures of the kid's heads on construction paper elf bodies and perched them above their bedroom door. They loved it though. Worth it.
One of my more time consuming ones. Put pictures of the kid’s heads on construction paper elf bodies and perched them above their bedroom door. They loved it though. Worth it.
Elf walking the dogs. Some twine, some toy dogs, some double sided tape on the back of his hat to the lampshade.
Elf walking the dogs. Some twine, some toy dogs, some double sided tape on the back of his hat to the lampshade.
Skiing down the banister. Fake snow, popscicle stick skis, surprisingly easy. Put a little baking soda on his knees and hat.
Skiing down the banister. Fake snow, popscicle stick skis, surprisingly easy. Put a little baking soda on his knees and hat.
Elf, Keurig, cup, marshmallows
Elf, Keurig, cup, marshmallows
Sprinkle Snow Angel
Sprinkle Snow Angel
Spider Man Elf. Drew a little spider man mask, hung him upside down from the ceiling. My son thought this was HILARIOUS.
Spider Man Elf. Drew a little spider man mask, hung him upside down from the ceiling. My son thought this was HILARIOUS.
Elf Goodbye. Stick, paper towel, sign. Super easy.
Elf Goodbye. Stick, paper towel, sign. Super easy.
Saran Wrap over the toilet. Kids thought this was funny.
Saran Wrap over the toilet. Kids thought this was funny. Husband, not so much, since he had to go upstairs every time he wanted to pee.
Elf on the train tracks
Elf on the train tracks
Elf used crepe paper to block the stairway, kids had to bust through it in the morning.
Elf used crepe paper to block the stairway, kids had to bust through it in the morning.
Elf fishing. This was a couple years ago. RIP Rudolph and Tarzan (our goldfish)
Elf made donuts. This one was time consuming because making mini donuts out of cheerios and melted chocolate takes more time than you would think.  This was a full ten minute production.
Elf riding stick horse, secured with little rubber bands, horse propped up by presents
Elf riding stick horse, secured with little rubber bands, horse propped up by presents
Gone fishing. This was a couple years ago. RIP to our goldfish Rudolph and Tarzan.
Gone fishing. This was a couple years ago. RIP to our goldfish Rudolph and Tarzan.
Namaste. All I needed for this was a folded up washcloth.
Namaste. All I needed for this was a folded up washcloth.
Sack Races in lunch bags. Easy.
Sack Races in lunch bags. Easy.
ELVES ARE YOUR FRIENDS!
ELVES ARE YOUR FRIENDS!
Fresh from the shower
Fresh from the shower
Coconut Snow Angels
Coconut Snow Angels
Being eaten by dinosaurs
Being eaten by dinosaurs
Think of a wonderful thought.... Secured with twine and push pins.
Think of a wonderful thought…. Secured with twine and push pins.
Elf mug shot.
Elf mug shot.
Toilet Paper'd the tree. I do this at least once a year because it's easy and the kids love it.
Toilet Paper’d the tree. I do this at least once a year because it’s easy and the kids love it.
Sunbathing with a folded up wash cloth, a cocktail umbrella, and construction paper sunglasses
Sunbathing with a folded up wash cloth, a cocktail umbrella, and construction paper sunglasses
Naughty elf: Dry erase marker and pictures.
Naughty elf: Dry erase marker and pictures.
Do you want to build a snowman?
Do you want to build a snowman?
The doctor is IN. A hit for any Charlie Brown fans.
The doctor is IN. A hit for any Charlie Brown fans.
Sledding! Fake snow sheet and the lids to some peanut butter, marshmallow creme, etc. for sleds
Sledding! Fake snow sheet and the lids to some peanut butter, marshmallow creme, etc. for sleds
Wrapping the toilet. Easier than it looks.
Wrapping the toilet. Easier than it looks.

Hope you enjoyed these! Questions welcomed in comments. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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