30 easy Elf on the Shelf ideas

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  • The Elf on the Shelf Christmas craze is bigger than ever.

    If you’re not already frantically trying to hide your Elf on the Shelf in a million different places every day, you soon will be. But, it’s OK we have lots of ideas to help – some naughty, some nice!

    What is Elf on the Shelf?

    The tradition has been building momentum in America for a few years now and is making its way to the UK, with each year seeing more parents getting obsessed with the little cheeky-faced character.

    The Elf On The Shelf tradition was started by a book which comes with a small Elf character. You read your children the story about the naughty elf, then each day you position your elf figurine in a different, humorous pose for your children to find.

    The Americans traditionally start their Elf on the Shelf the day after Thanksgiving but over in the UK we tend to start around the 1st of December (kind of like an alternative advent).

    December is a tough enough time as it is for a mum without having to try and think of new idea for the blimmin’ elf every morning.

    With that in mind, we thought we’d make things a little easier for you and give you 30 ideas for how to position your Elf On The Shelf – one for each day in the run-up to Christmas and even one to announce his exit from your house.

    We’ve even got a homemade elf craft so you can make your own little army of cheeky elves



    1. Game night with Elves

    2. Olympic Elf

    3. Floor is lava Elf

    4. The cereal Elf

    5. Gaming Elf

    6. Elf meets cat

    7. Sunbathing Elf

    8. Poorly Elf

    9. Elf in the car

    10. Cowboy Elf

    11. Mermaid Elf

    12. Nutella Elf

    13. Elves on a Plane


    14. Elf with cookies

    15. Harry Potter Elf

    16. Mischievous Elves

    17. Spa day Elf

    18. Elf making snow angels

    19. Movie night Elf

    20. Elf doing yoga

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    Namaste! #elfontheshelf #smartythe elf

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    21. McDonald’s Elf

    22. Busking Elf

    23. Target practice Elf

    24. Spider-Man Elf

    25. Bathtime Elf

    26. Elf with Elsa

    27. Pirate Elf

    28. Toy Story Elf

    29. Star Wars Elf

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    Star Wars battle

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    30. Barista Elf

    31. Feeding the dinosaurs