25 Creative Elf on the Shelf Ideas That Take 5 Minutes or Less
These quick and easy ideas will make moving your Elf so much easier every night.
It’s Elf on the Shelf season again, otherwise known as the time of year when parents everywhere scramble to move the damn doll before their kids wake up. We don’t blame you if you opt out, or just hide him in the fridge for the 14th time. But if you want to step up your game this year and surprise your kids with the Elf’s impish shenanigans, it’s actually easier than you think. We’ve rounded up some of the funniest and most creative Elf on the Shelf ideas on the Internet. The best part: Creating these funny scenes takes less than five minutes, and if you’ve got string, marshmallows and toilet paper at home, that’s pretty much all you need. Check out everything Elf can do this holiday season:
Trap your kid
Hang out with the Minions
All you need is a Sharpie and a bunch of bananas. Via Fancy Shanty
Get tied to the tracks
If your kid’s a train fanatic, just wrap Elf up in tape or twine and toss him on the track. Via Fancy Shanty
Get all rolled up
Uh-oh, looks like Elf got wrapped up in toilet paper and tossed down the stairs. Via Fancy Shanty
Hit the gym
All you need is a straw and two marshmallows to make it look like Elf is pumping serious iron. Via Dirty Diaper Laundry
Scarf down popcorn.
Stash Elf in the microwave and it will entertain your kids for at least 20 minutes trying to find him. Via Just a Little Creativity
Get tucked in a bun.
Elf tastes better with ketchup and mustard. Via Just a Little Creativity
Make snow angels.
All you need is rice, flour, sprinkles, sugar or pretty much anything for Elf to make snow angels. Via Lil Blue Boo
TP the Christmas tree.
But not too much. You still have to clean it up, after all. Via Lil Blue Boo
Just think of all the behavior reports Elf could make to the North Pole! Via Lil Blue Boo
Do yoga with friends.
He IS pretty flexible after all. Via Picklehead Soup
All you need is a dry erase marker, your favorite family photo and a sense of humor. Via Mandy with Multiples
Be the Sexiest Elf Alive.
Or, he can be on the cover of any other magazine you have lying around. Via Picklehead Soup
Bust out of a box of Cereal.
That’ll give the kids a laugh when they go to make a bowl. Via Picklehead Soup
Get stuck in the snack jar.
Any clear jar or container (or even a glass flipped upside down) works for this one. Via Picklehead Soup
Take a bubble bath.
In marshmallows, that is. Mmmm, relaxing and delicious. Via Bombshell Bling
Just round up a pencil, string and some goldfish, and you’re done. Via Rocking My 365 Project
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All you need is an empty toilet paper roll, cardboard and string, and Elf can have a snow day adventure. Via My Mommy Style
Lead story time
“See, kids, Elf loves reading!” Via My Mommy Style
Go on a date with Barbie
Can you feel the love tonight? Via Elf on the Shelf Ideas
Nurse a milk and cookies hangover
He partied a little too hard on Christmas Eve. Via Just a Little Creativity
The best part? You can eat the marshmallows when he’s done. Via Just a Little Creativity
Climb the Christmas tree
He’s a pretty rugged little elf. Via Just a Little Creativity
Sip orange juice
Elf needs his vitamin C too. Via Frugal Coupon Living
Work as a mechanic
I hear he charges a very reasonable rate. Via Frugal Coupon Living
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