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

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All you need is a Sharpie and a bunch of bananas. Via Fancy Shanty

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Get tied to the tracks

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If your kid’s a train fanatic, just wrap Elf up in tape or twine and toss him on the track. Via Fancy Shanty

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Get all rolled up

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Uh-oh, looks like Elf got wrapped up in toilet paper and tossed down the stairs. Via Fancy Shanty

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Hit the gym

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All you need is a straw and two marshmallows to make it look like Elf is pumping serious iron. Via Dirty Diaper Laundry

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Scarf down popcorn.

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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

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Get tucked in a bun.

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Elf tastes better with ketchup and mustard. Via Just a Little Creativity

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Make snow angels.

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All you need is rice, flour, sprinkles, sugar or pretty much anything for Elf to make snow angels. Via Lil Blue Boo

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TP the Christmas tree.

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But not too much. You still have to clean it up, after all. Via Lil Blue Boo

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Email Santa.

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Just think of all the behavior reports Elf could make to the North Pole! Via Lil Blue Boo

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Do yoga with friends.

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He IS pretty flexible after all. Via Picklehead Soup

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Make mischief.

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All you need is a dry erase marker, your favorite family photo and a sense of humor. Via Mandy with Multiples

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Be the Sexiest Elf Alive.

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Or, he can be on the cover of any other magazine you have lying around. Via Picklehead Soup

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Bust out of a box of Cereal.

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That’ll give the kids a laugh when they go to make a bowl. Via Picklehead Soup

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Get stuck in the snack jar.

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Any clear jar or container (or even a glass flipped upside down) works for this one. Via Picklehead Soup

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Take a bubble bath.

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In marshmallows, that is. Mmmm, relaxing and delicious. Via Bombshell Bling

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Go fishing

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Just round up a pencil, string and some goldfish, and you’re done. Via Rocking My 365 Project

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Go sledding

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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

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Lead story time

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“See, kids, Elf loves reading!” Via My Mommy Style

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Go on a date with Barbie

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Can you feel the love tonight? Via Elf on the Shelf Ideas

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Nurse a milk and cookies hangover

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He partied a little too hard on Christmas Eve. Via Just a Little Creativity

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Toast marshmallows

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The best part? You can eat the marshmallows when he’s done. Via Just a Little Creativity

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Climb the Christmas tree

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He’s a pretty rugged little elf. Via Just a Little Creativity

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Sip orange juice

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Elf needs his vitamin C too. Via Frugal Coupon Living

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Work as a mechanic

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I hear he charges a very reasonable rate. Via Frugal Coupon Living

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Written by Audrey Goodson Kingo for Working Mother and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@getmatcha.com.

Comments

  • Posted by Pam Ramsey on

    These are so cute

  • Posted by Pam Ramsey on

    These are so cute

  • Posted by Debbie on

    Absolutely hilarious. I love them

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