Elf on the Shelf Ideas

A FREE Elf on the Shelf printables kit with welcome letter, goodbye letter, printable calendar, funny Elf on the shelf ideas, supplies list and more to make this one of your kid’s favorite Christmas traditions.

Elf on the Shelf Letter

What is Elf on the Shelf?

Do you guys do Elf on the Shelf at your home? We have been for several years now, and it’s something that my kids look forward to every Christmas season. But, what is Elf on the Shelf?

It’s a fun Christmas tradition where one of Santa’s elves comes December 1st and stays through the 24th to make sure your kids are being watched each day. Each night the elf reports back to the North Pole to report to Santa how each child is doing and sometimes gets into a little mischief at the same time.

We bought our Elf on the Shelf on Amazon years ago and have even watched the Movie so the kids have a good idea of how he works. They are now obsessed with the elf, affectionately named Buddy!

Elf on the Shelf Calendar

ELF ON THE SHELF PRINTABLES

Because our elf likes to be a little funny, we wanted to share some fun and free ideas for you to use this holiday season. In fact, we wanted it to be so easy for you that we put together an entire kit to help you (and to make things EVEN easier – scroll to the bottom to find out how you can purchase all the kits and supplies!), which includes:

  • Blank Calendar
  • Funny Elf ideas Calendar List + Daily Instruction Cards
  • Supplies List for Ideas + Free Printables to go with it!
  • Welcome Elf on the Shelf Letter + Elf Welcome Poem
  • Elf on the Shelf Goodbye Letter

All of these printables are FREE and are available to download at the bottom of this post!

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Elf on the Shelf Letters - Elf on the Shelf Goodbye Letter

Goodbye and Welcome Letters are easy to print out and use. We put together some cute poems for a Welcome Elf on the Shelf letter and a Elf on the Shelf Goodbye Letter.

These poems explain what the elf does as well as what happens when the Christmas season ends and the elf has to return back to the North Pole. 😉

Free Elf on the Shelf Printables

Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Like I said – we wanted to make this elf experience was as easy as possible for you guys, so we put together 24 (every day in December up until Christmas Eve) funny elf on the shelf ideas for you to do with your family elf. In our kit, we have the free printables of the ideas, along with the supplies list showing what you’d need each day.

Do you have to do funny things each day? No, it just make the tradition more fun and interesting for the kids. And since we are doing all the hard work for you, it really is quite easy. We would just set an alarm every night to go and make sure we would take care of the elf.

Another thing that helped is getting everything ready in November and making sure you had everything on the supplies list so that you were set for December. Again – not required but FUN!!

Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas

DAY 1 – ELF ARRIVES

  • Set your elf in an obvious place next to the Christmas Tree. Have him hanging the lights or holding them in his lap. Include the welcome letter.
  • SUPPLIES: Welcome letter (in kit), plus Christmas tree with small string of lights (bonus)

DAY 2 – ELF IS CAPTURED BY ARM GUYS

  • Use wash/painters tape to tape your elf on the wall close to the floor. Set up army guys in a half circle and put a little tape over elf’s mouth
  • SUPPLIES: 6-12 Green army men plus washi/painters tape

DAY 3 – ELF SUN TANS

  • Sprinkle brown sugar on the counter and place towel on top. Put on mini sunglasses (in kit) and set up drink umbrella.
  • SUPPLIES: Brown sugar, large drink umbrella, wash cloth cut as towel

DAY 4 – ELF WATCHES A CHRISTMAS MOVIE

  • Pop popcorn and place in a bowl. Put elf in or near bowl and set him up to be watching TV with remote.
  • SUPPLIES: Bowl, popcorn and remote

DAY 5 – ELF ROASTS MARSHMALLOWS

  • Set elf up to be holding a toothpick with a mini marshmallow on it. Place it near tea light and scatter mini marshmallows around.
  • SUPPLIES: Toothpicks and mini marshmallows

DAY 6 – ELF HIDES CANDY CANES

  • Hide candy canes through out the house and set up elf with note (in kit) telling them he hid them and to go look for them.
  • SUPPLIES: 6 -7 candy canes and note from elf (in kit)

DAY 7 – ELF WEARS SPACE SUIT

  • Dress elf in tinfoil to represent a space suit. Hang him from counter or shelf with fishing line and hang stars around him.
  • SUPPLIES: Tin foil, cut out stars and fishing line

DAY 8 – ELF GOES FISHING

  • Set elf up on edge of sink or faucet in bathroom or kitchen. Make mini fishing pole and attach twine and goldfish to look like he is fishing.
  • SUPPLIES: Drink stirrer, baker’s twine, goldfish crackers

Funny Elf on the Shelf

Elf on the Shelf Pictures

DAY 9 – ELF LEAVES MESSAGE FROM SANTA

  • Spell out “Santa Says Hi” in cereal on counter.
  • SUPPLIES: cereal

DAY 10 – ELF DRAWS ON MIRROR

  • Use a dry-erase marker to draw on mirror. Have elf holding marker. Ideas of what to write: “Fa-la-la-la-la”, “Naughty or Nice?” “(Elf name) was here!”
  • SUPPLIES; Dry-erase marker

DAY 11 – ELF MAKES A SNOW ANGEL

  • Pour sprinkles on the spot you want the elf to go. Lay elf down and move arms and legs to create a sprinkle angel.
  • SUPPLIES: sprinkles

DAY 12 – ELF CLIMBS A CHRISTMAS BOW ROCK WALL

  • Choose a window in your house to set up “rock wall.” Arrange bows like a rock wall and hang elf from one of the bows. Use Glue dots to help secure it in place.
  • SUPPLIES; gift bows and glue dots

DAY 13 – ELF PLAYS TWISTER WITH OTHER TOYS

  • Create a mini Twister board (or use the free one in the kit) and place toys around to play.
  • SUPPLIES: Twister board, other toys

DAY 14 – ELF PUTS STARS ALL OVER HIS BODY

  • Place star sticks all over elf.
  • SUPPLIES: star stickers

DAY 15 – ELF TAKES A BATH

  • Lay a washcloth down in the bathroom. Place a tupperware on top, place elf in side and fill with white cotton balls with a rubber ducky if you have one.
  • SUPPLIES: wash cloth, tupperware, white cotton balls, rubber ducky.

DAY 16 – ELF MAKES PIZZA

  • Place elf in kitchen by oven. Place napkin around his neck. Have him holding printable pizza (in kit) on his lap or have pizza toppings around him – Maybe have pizza for dinner that night
  • SUPPLIES: Printable pizza, napkin, pizza toppings.

Elf on the Shelf Notes

Best Elf on the Shelf ideas

DAY 17 – ELF EATS CANDY

  • Have elf eating candy (half eaten candy) with wrappers all around.
  • SUPPLIES: Christmas candy

DAY 18 – ELF READS TO OTHER TOYS

  • Place elf in a circle with other toys. Place mini book in hands and have it read to the other toys.
  • SUPPLIES: Mini book (big book works too), other toys

DAY 19 – ELF SLEEPS

  • Have elf make a bed out of the tissue box. Make a pillow out of tissues and have him laying in the tissue box
  • SUPPLIES: Rectangle tissue box

DAY 20 – ELF SIPS HOT COCOA

  • Sprinkle fake snow around the area you want the elf to sit. Have elf sit next to or in mug/cup with straw, mini marshmallows and hot cocoa packets.
  • SUPPLIES: mug/cup, fake snow, mini marshmallows, straw, hot cocoa packets

DAY 21 – ELF TP CHRISTMAS TREE

  • Have elf hanging from tree with empty toilet paper roll
  • SUPPLIES: toilet paper

DAY 22 – ELF COLORS IN COLORING BOOKS

  • Have coloring book open and have elf laying on tummy. Color some of the picture and have crayons scattered around.
  • SUPPLIES: coloring book and crayons

DAY 23 – ELF DECORATES THE MILK IN THE FRIDGE

  • Decorate milk in fridge with stickers and markers. Place a bag of cookies and elf in fridge next to milk.
  • SUPPLIES: Stickers, markers, cookies

DAY 24 – ELF HANGS IN STOCKING

  • Elf hangs in stocking with note that says “Santa’s coming! Santa’s coming!”
  • SUPPLIES: Elf note (in kit)

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Elf on the Shelf Goodbye letter

DAY 25 – ELF ON THE SHELF GOODBYE LETTER

Place goodbye letter (in kit) near Christmas tree. It will let the kids know that the elf is gone and that he will still be watching all year and will return again next December!

These are some of the best elf on the shelf ideas there are. Fun and simple and great fun for the kids!

If you are looking to make things EVEN EASIER – you can also buy a kit from Jackie, the Elf Lady that has all the supplies and prints available!! A note from Jackie…

Are you one of those moms that doesn’t have time to be the “crafty” mom that you want to be? Do you struggle with Pinterest and making your vision come to life? Let me help! I can make the Elf on the Shelf easy for you this year with this Elf on the Shelf kit! This great bag comes with all the things that you need to set up 25 days of fun for the Elf. It is packed FULL of stuff to create Elf shenanigans for your family to enjoy during the month of December!

EACH KIT COMES WITH:

  • A calendar of events
  • Cards that tell you how to set up each pose
  • Props needed to set your Elf for the 24 days before Christmas
  • Letters you can personalize for your child from the Elf
  • Jokes, cards and little extra surprises to add great fun for the littles!

It is a great way to help minimize the daily stresses of setting up your Elf during the crazy holiday season.

Orders will be ready for pick up after November 13th and the pick up location is on Higley and Baseline in Gilbert, Arizona. If you are out of state, please message me about shipping.

$65 Payment is due when order is placed. Paypal and venmo accepted.

For more questions, check out the Elfin Made Easy Facebook Page or Email Jackie – [email protected]

TO DOWNLOAD THE ELF ON THE SHELF KIT – FILL IN THE FORM BELOW:

ENJOY – and we hope you have a great holiday season!

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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