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12 Easy and Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas

The Elf on the Shelf is a Christmas tradition that you probably heard is something parents love to hate and hate to love. For first-timers, this popular Christmas tradition is based on a storybook, “Scout Elf,” which is about an elf who sits on a shelf, table, or any part of a family’s home to observe the children’s behavior during the holiday season, and is accompanied by a pixie elf fixture. The Elf flies back to the North Pole every night to report the kids’ actions to Santa as he builds his naughty and nice list picks. The Elf always returns before the children wake up and settles in a new part of the house every morning, which then turns into a fun hide-and-seek game for the children to wake up to. This may seem tedious for parents as it is one more task to add to their busy schedules every day this holiday season, but with our easy and funny Elf on the Shelf ideas, you and your family can partake in this fun family tradition with no added stress!


An Elf on the Shelf idea where the Elf and children’s toys are in brown paper bags having a sack race.

📷 Stacy Molter


Elf on the Shelf Sack Race

An inexpensive and easy Elf on the Shelf idea, especially for toddlers with an abundance of toys, is to use them as the Elf’s friends and line them up for a sack race made of brown paper bags. This is a fun way to let familiar faces in on the Christmas mischief with your Elf and a perfect introduction or welcome back Elf on the Shelf idea!


An Elf on the Shelf idea where the Elf is sitting in a house slipper and tied to a stair railing as if he is sledding down it.

📷 Kristen

Elf on the Shelf Slipper Sled

Elves love sledding adventures during the cold seasons too. This funny Elf on the Shelf idea simply requires a slipper and stairs or any angled surface to create the illusion of sledding down a part of your home!


An Elf on the Shelf idea where the Elf is hanging from the side of a Christmas gift bag and peeking into the gift.

Elf on the Shelf Peeks at Christmas Gifts

We are all guilty of doing it, so give your Elf a break for peeking in this year’s Christmas gifts early! This Elf on the Shelf idea for kids will definitely get them energized in the morning to stop their Elf from peeking into all their gifts.


An Elf on the Shelf idea where the Elf is sitting in a bath tub made of a bowl filled with mini marshmallows.

📷 Sarah


Elf on the Shelf Bubble Bath

Flying back to the North Pole every night can become a tiring task, so let your Elf relax and refresh in a bubble bath made up of a pile of mini marshmallows.


An Elf on the Shelf idea where the Elf is sitting on a mini chair and plate with a tall stack of mini pancakes dripping in syrup.

An Elf on the Shelf idea where the Elf is sitting with a mini stack of sprinkled pancakes in front of him and mini pancakes cooking behind him.

Elf on the Shelf Pancake Stack

This idea is delicious and adorable. Make a teeny-tiny stack of pancakes for your Elf to enjoy with your family on a cozy Sunday morning!

An Elf on the Shelf idea where the Elf is sitting next to a bottle of opened syrup with a straw in it as if he is drinking the syrup.

📷 Debra


Elf on the Shelf Drinking Syrup

This easy Elf on the Shelf idea is perfect for the days you do not have a lot of time to put something together. Simply place a straw in your syrup bottle for your thirsty Elf and you are done!


An Elf on the Shelf idea where the Elf is sitting next to a mini baking tray of cookies with sprinkles and a mini rolling pin.

📷 Sarah


Elf on the Shelf Baking

Just like we bake cookies and leave them at the fireplace for Santa, your Elf can bake cookies and leave them for your family too!


An Elf on the Shelf idea where the Elf is sitting at the top of a bathroom sink and fishing for Goldfish crackers that have been poured in the center of the sink bowl.

📷 Melanie Stofka


Elf on the Shelf Goes Fishing in the Sink

This funny Elf on the Shelf idea gives your Elf something to do in his pastime. Although he may never see a real lake or ocean, he can enjoy fishing for Goldfish crackers in your bathroom sink! Your children will have a laugh when they walk in to brush their teeth in the morning and find their Elf fishing in the sink.


An Elf on the Shelf idea where the Elf is playing a drum set made of cans, pipe cleaners, and rubber bands.

📷 Ashley


Elf on the Shelf Rock Band

Make the most of what you got in your kitchen cabinets to create this hilarious Elf on the Shelf idea! With a few cans, some pipe cleaners, and rubber bands, your Elf is ready to rock on!


An Elf on the Shelf idea where the Elf is holding a Sharpie and sitting in a crate of eggs that have silly faces drawn on them.

📷 Jennifer


An Elf on the Shelf idea where the Elf is holding a Sharpie next to four bananas that have been drawn on to be minions from Despicable Me.

📷 Stacy Molter


Elf on the Shelf Gets Artistic

You know all those years you told your children not to play with their food? Well, this is the time where that does not apply. This silly Elf on the Shelf idea will leave a little surprise for your children in the morning when they ask for breakfast or a snack for school.


An Elf on the Shelf idea where the Elf is squeezing toothpaste on empty Oreo cookies that have been spilled out of the bag.

Elf on the Shelf Plays Tricks

This funny Elf on the Shelf idea will surely get your children questioning if the next Oreos they eat have toothpaste in them.