100 Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Whether you are starting Elf on the Shelf as a new tradition or have a few years under your belt, we have plenty of ideas to help you out this year.

Get ready for Christmas. Your family will love these 100 Elf on the Shelf ideas. From quick & easy to crafty & committed, these Elf on the Shelf ideas are fun for you and your kids.

If you have had a long day, check out the Quick & Easy section.

If you are feeling a little inspired, check out the Quick & Crafty section.

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If you have some time on your hands, check out the Crafty & Committed section.

Happy elfing!

Quick & Easy

100 Elf on the Shelf ideas from quick & easy to crafty & committed.

  1. Getting Into the M&Ms from A Life Examined
  2. Coloring from Little Bit Funky
  3. Playing the Piano from A Snapshot of My Life
  4. Lifting Weights from Dirty Diaper Laundry
  5. Pooping Peppermints from A Small Snippet100 Elf on the Shelf ideas from quick & easy to crafty & committed.
  6. Asking for Cookies from A Snapshot of My Life (this one can last a few days – bonus!)
  7. Playing with Cars from Mandy with Multiples
  8. Reading Toy Catalog from Beau Jangles
  9. Raiding the Stockings from A Snapshot of My Life
  10. Taking a Picture found on Pinterest100 Elf on the Shelf ideas from quick & easy to crafty & committed.
  11. Napping on Marshmallows from Bombshell Bling
  12. Bungee Jumping with a Slinky from Clearly Candace
  13. Drawing on Pictures from Crazy Lou
  14. Copier from Vitamin-Ha
  15. Climbing Rapunzel’s Hair from That’s Country Living100 Elf on the Shelf ideas from quick & easy to crafty & committed.
  16. Stuck in a Glass from I Heart Faces
  17. Silly Packed Lunch from Watch Out For the Woestmans
  18. Sewing from Raining Hot Coupons
  19. Napping in Tissue Box from A Bit of Bees Knees
  20. Hiding in Cereal Box from Raining Hot Coupons100 Elf on the Shelf ideas from quick & easy to crafty & committed.
  21. Driving a Car from I Heart Faces
  22. Playing Guitar from Rae of Light Photography
  23. Feeling Sick from Nelly Cole Photography
  24. Locked Out from Over the Big Moon
  25. In the Car Seat from Raining Hot Coupons100 Elf on the Shelf ideas from quick & easy to crafty & committed.
  26. Googly Eyes on Fruit from Dirty Diaper Laundry
  27. Playing Cards from A Few Shortcuts
  28. Googly Eyes on Pictures from Dirty Diaper Laundry
  29. Riding Cat from Skinny Mom
  30. Riding Dog from Skinny Mom100 Elf on the Shelf ideas from quick & easy to crafty & committed.
  31. Making a Mess with Popcorn from Jedi Craft Girl
  32. Dressed Up as a Firefighter from Our Knight Life
  33. In the Jewelry Box from Dirty Diaper Laundry
  34. Fixing Car from Amanda Stapleton
  35. Shower Elf from Flickr100 Elf on the Shelf ideas from quick & easy to crafty & committed.
  36. Riding Reindeer from Charmed and Cherished
  37. Barrel of Monkeys from Picklehead Soup
  38. Playing with Makeup from A Few Shortcuts
  39. Playing Video Game from Dad is Learning
  40. Riding Train found on Pinterest100 Elf on the Shelf ideas from quick & easy to crafty & committed.
  41. Snow Angel from Queen Bee Coupons
  42. Scaling the Cupboards from Picklehead Soup
  43. Taking a Selfie from Picklehead Soup
  44. In the Car from Jedi Craft Girl
  45. Green Milk from Katherine Hahling

Quick & Crafty

100 Elf on the Shelf ideas from quick & easy to crafty & committed.

  1. Snowball Fight from Nelly Cole Photography
  2. Playing On the Stairs from A Thrifty Mom
  3. Captured from Jennifer Saintz Photography
  4. Zipline from Raining Hot Coupons
  5. Syrup with Barbie from Elf on the Shelf Ideas100 Elf on the Shelf ideas from quick & easy to crafty & committed.
  6. Sack Race from Picklehead Soup
  7. Fishing from Mommy’s Memorandum (use Goldfish crackers or Swedish fish!)
  8. Playing Scrabble found on Pinterest
  9. Circus Elf from Busy Kids Happy Mom
  10. All Wrapped Up from A Few Shortcuts100 Elf on the Shelf ideas from quick & easy to crafty & committed.
  11. In Trouble from Clearly Candace
  12. Tangled in Christmas Lights from Sweet Shoppe Designs
  13. Rowing from Vitamin-Ha
  14. Streamers Across Door from Vitamin-Ha
  15. Drawing on Dad’s Face from Momma Melly100 Elf on the Shelf ideas from quick & easy to crafty & committed.
  16. Magic Dust (in case of lost magic) from Sweet C’s Designs
  17. Hang Gliding from Screen Doors & Sweet Tea
  18. Stringing Lights from That’s Country Living
  19. Toilet Papering the House from Raining Hot Coupons
  20. Countdown from Rae of Light Photography100 Elf on the Shelf ideas from quick & easy to crafty & committed.
  21. Playing a Board Game from Snapshots of My Life
  22. Self Portrait found on Flickr
  23. Scuba Elf from Skinny Mom
  24. Cheerios Necklace from Dirty Diaper Laundry
  25. Teaching from A Small Snippet100 Elf on the Shelf ideas from quick & easy to crafty & committed.
  26. Piggy Bank Robber from Dirty Diaper Laundry
  27. Look Who’s Rudolph from Create with Kiddos
  28. Build a Fort from Snapshots of My Life
  29. Reindeer Sled from Elf on the Shelf Ideas
  30. Parachute from Peanut Blossom

Crafty & Committed

100 Elf on the Shelf ideas from quick & easy to crafty & committed.

  1. Making Pancakes from Home Stories A to Z
  2. Spiderman from Sharilyn Wells Photography
  3. Doorway Swing from A Small Snippet
  4. Superman from Busy Kids Happy Mom
  5. Hot Air Balloon from Little Bit Funky100 Elf on the Shelf ideas from quick & easy to crafty & committed.
  6. Harry Potter Costume from Shelf the Elf
  7. Tire Swing from I Heart Faces
  8. Tight Rope Walking from Little Bit Funky
  9. Buddy the Elf Spaghetti found on Pinterest
  10. Wrapped Toilet from TP Crafts100 Elf on the Shelf ideas from quick & easy to crafty & committed.
  11. Photo Booth from Living Locurto (free printable)
  12. Sledding from Little Bit Funky
  13. Magic Seeds from the North Pole from Living Locurto (free printable)
  14. Kissing Booth from Living Locurto (free printable)
  15. Beach Towel & Sunglasses from Living Locurto (free printable)100 Elf on the Shelf ideas from quick & easy to crafty & committed.
  16. Balloon Bath from HLNTV
  17. Tiny Doughnuts from A Small Snippet
  18. Doughnut Snowmen found on Pinterest
  19. The Voice Contestant found on Pinterest
  20. Painted Kids’ Noses from Rae of Light Photography100 Elf on the Shelf ideas from quick & easy to crafty & committed.
  21. Making Snow from Jenna Blogs
  22. Making Hopscotch from Dairy Council of California (great way to get the kids moving!)
  23. Dressed as Santa from The Metzgars
  24. Vacation Postcard from TP Craft (exchange pictures with a friend from another state!)
  25. Making S’mores from KCBD

Looking for more great Elf on the Shelf Ideas? I have you covered!

If you want to have the greatest Elf on the Shelf EVER, then keep reading. Not only will I walk you through how to make your elf more poseable (using wire, velcro and magnets) without sewing a thing, I’m also going to give you ideas for his arrival as well as his goodbye and everything inbetween – including printables, easy and creative ways for him to get into mischief as well as what do do when you just can’t do Elf on the Shelf one more day (we’ve all been there).

If you have toddlers, older kids or are looking for ideas for your classroom, this post is for you!

HOW TO MAKE YOUR ELF ON THE SHELF MORE POSEABLE USING WIRE, VELCRO AND MAGNETS

It is so easy (and fun!) to make your Elf on the Shelf more poseable (and much more likely to get into mischief) using wire, velcro and magnets – and there’s not a bit of sewing required.

How great is that?

FIRST, WATCH THIS VIDEO TO SEE THE STEP-BY-STEP PROCESS

Click here for the full step-by-step tutorial.

How to Welcome Your Elf on the Shelf (or Say Goodbye)

A special Elf on the Shelf brunch can be a super fun way to kick off your Elf on the Shelf season!

Click here for some fun details on how to make your brunch super special (including my favorite OJ pancake recipe and Grinch Juice!)

Fun Games to Play With Your Elf

While the kids don’t usually get to play with Mr. Elf, that doesn’t mean they can’t still play some Elf on the Shelf games!

How to Decorate a Tree for your Elf on the Shelf

Free Printable: Elf on the Shelf Mad Libs

Free Printable: Elf on the Shelf Charades

Free Printable: Elf on the Shelf Photo Props

Free Printable: Elf on the Shelf Coloring Sheets

Great Ideas for Your (Now Poseable) Elf on the Shelf

Stumped on how to pose your Elf on the Shelf tonight? Have no fear – I have hundreds of ideas for you. (Seriously. Hundreds!)

Great ideas for your Elf on the Shelf

Are You an Elf on the Shelf Slacker?

It’s okay. We’ve all been there. In fact, I’m usually there often. This post is just for you!

Elf on the Shelf Tips for Slackers