If you host an elf this time of year, then you are probably familiar with the on going pressure that comes with helping your elf leave the home and return the next day.
Here are 24 super simple elf on the shelf ideas for you to implement using basic items you have at home. No need to be super creative, or spend money to make this tradition magical.
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Items For The Elf On The Shelf Ideas
Most likely, you have everything you need to execute these ideas hanging around your house. Therefore, this should be super easy and inexpensive.
This is everything you will need:
- The Elf
- Any type of candy – Halloween candy if it’s still around
- Coloring book and crayons
- Painters tape and toys
- Silverware drawer organizer
- Christmas tree
- Toy car/truck
- Refrigerator and wash cloth
- Cup and chocolate chips
- Toilet paper
- Wreath or wall hanging
- Tissue box and cotton ball
- Light fixture
24 Ideas for Elf on the Shelf
Day 1: Elf sitting in Christmas Tree
Day 2: Elf sitting on kitchen counter with opened candy around
Day 3: Elf coloring in coloring book via First for Women
Day 4: Elf taped to wall with painters tape held hostage by toys
Day 5: Elf hiding in silverware drawer via Over the Moon
Day 6: Elf hiding in tree with note to donate toys to receive more
Day 7: Elf lounging in a shoe
Day 8: Elf sitting with a marker and minion faces drawn on bananas via The Pragmatic Parent
Day 9: Elf driving a toy car/truck
Day 10: Elf inside refrigerator door wrapped in wash cloth
Day 11: Elf in a standoff with toys
Day 12: Elf “going to the bathroom” – sitting on a cup with chocolate chips on the bottom via Buzzfeed
Day 13: Elf making a snow angel with flour via The Pragmatic Parent
Day 14: Elf reading a book via My Mommy Style
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Day 15: Elf wearing Band-Aids next to Band-Aid box
Day 16: Elf stuck inside an upside down cup in the cupboard via Elf on the Shelf Adventures
Day 17: Elf hiding inside a roll of toilet paper
Day 18: Elf sitting in a wreath or wall hanging
Day 19: Elf putting a puzzle together
Day 20: Elf sleeping inside tissue box with cotton ball as tissue
Day 21: Elf playing with Lego’s
Day 22: Elf sitting in a light fixture
Day 23: Elf in stocking headfirst with legs peeking out
Day 24: Elf left and wrote out good-bye with marshmallows
Put These 24 Super Simple Elf on the Shelf Ideas to Use Tonight
There you have it, super simple ideas to make your life a lot easier. Because as much fun as the Elf is for the kids, let’s face it, it’s just one more thing we have to remember each day…
To make your life even easier, don’t forget to download these 24 ideas in calendar form. Not much thinking you have to do here, just look at the date and use that idea for the night! You can grab the Elf on the Shelf ideas calendar here.
Now, if you enjoy this whole Elf on the Shelf thing, you can find some really creative ideas here:
How do you make Elf on the Shelf easy, yet magical for your family?
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