17 easy Elf on the Shelf ideas

Easy Elf on the Shelf ideas

It’s that time of year again when cheeky little Elf on the Shelf has us setting alarms and racking our brains for new ideas every night leading up to Christmas day.

After zero effort with maximum impact? These next ideas are all about speed. There’s no need for any fancy equipment or crafty skills, and there’s a couple that even give Elf a few nights off from moving. Make no mistake, these ideas are still funny and adorable, they’re just easy as can be.

Here are 17 easy Elf on the Shelf ideas to try.

Under the weather

Lazy Elf on the Shelf ideas sick elf

Naaw – elf isn’t feeling quite himself. Tuck him up with a tissue pillow and blanket and explain that he’ll be staying put until he feels better. (via A Grand Life)

All the beats

Elf on the Shelf listening to music

He’s totally tuning in to 97.3 Elf FM. A little blue-tac on ear pods and easy Elf on the Shelf is done for another night. (via Frugal Coupon Living)

Don’t move – Santa’s orders!

Elf on the Shelf broken leg

Oh dear, elfy’s gone and broken his leg! Jot a little note to say that he’s out of action for the next week (but will report back to Santa at the end of his injury time out) and you’re off the hook for a few days! Winning.

Slip ’em on

Easy Elf on the Shelf ideas slippers

Couldn’t be easier – or funnier. (via Paper Heart Family)

Sneaky snack

Elf on the Shelf Nutella idea

Bonus points if you don’t sneak a spoonful for yourself. (via Elf Advent)

Ride on

Easy Elf on the Shelf ideas washing machine ride

Gather the gang and send them for a ride. Arms up everyone! (via Dana Manrose)

The ol’ switcheroo

Easy elf on the shelf toilet paper switch

If this one doesn’t get them giggling, nothing will! (source unknown)

It’s on!

Easy elf ideas snowball fight

Crumpled paper and a cheeky invitation and you’ve got a morning of fun. (via Frugal Coupon Living)

Whip it good

Elf on the Shelf cooking

Easy and hilarious. (via Paper Heart Family)

Do the floss

Elf on the Shelf doing the floss

Fortnite fans will love this one. (source unknown)

Peek-a-boo Pringles

Elf on the Shelf Pringles

Just go through the recycling and see what works – cereal boxes are handy for this one too. (source unknown)

Clean up your act

Easy Elf on the Shelf ideas washing machine

Hmmm … this guy really needs to clean up his act! (via Netmums)

Take me with you

Elf on the shelf easy ideas

For kids who are desperate to touch their elf, give them the next best thing. (source unknown)

Sweet love

Easy elf ideas candy cane love

Two candy canes = sweet, sweet love. (source unknown)

Elf flicks

Easy Elf ideas watching a movie

Easy Elf on the Shelf idea and a quiet night in – it’s a win/win! (source unknown).

Doodle time

Elf on the Shelf easy ideas photo drawings

A whiteboard marker and a whole lot of fun. (source unknown)

It’s taco time

Taco Tuesday Elf on the Shelf

What day is it? It’s Taco Tuesday – dinner and elf all sorted. (via _xomirandaxo_)


So next time you’re in a panic and have mere moments to whip up an epic elf scene, just refer back to our easy Elf on the Shelf ideas!

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