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Inspired Ideas for Your Elf on the Shelf

We haven’t really come up with any great Christmas traditions yet. At least, we haven’t come up with any that don’t revolve around food. As the boys get older, I’d really like to have something fun and silly that we can do every year.

This year I’m especially intent on finding small ways to celebrate The Season. We’re deep in the middle of a house remodel, and won’t even be here for Christmas, so we’re not doing any decorating. No lights on the house, no tree, no nothing. So, after seeing a ton of adorable Elf on the Shelf ideas lately, I decided to give it a try.

Our very own Elf is on his way to our house and I’m busy thinking of all of the fun things he’s going to do. The original purpose of The Elf on the Shelf was to encourage kids to be aware of their behavior. The Elf would keep an eye on the kids, and anything inappropriate would be reported back to Santa and could land them on the much dreaded Naughty List. I’m not 100% sure that story will work with my kids. Although in years past, I have really enjoyed using “SANTA IS WATCHING” as a threat. Mostly because it usually worked.

I’m really looking forward to welcoming our little Elf into our family and finding fun things for him to do every night while the kids are sleeping. I think the boys are going to enjoy discovering his antics in the morning.

If you don’t have one yet, you can get your very own Elf on the Shelf here. And then you can take inspiration from these mischievous elves…and check back, because I’m hoping to add more as I find them!

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  • Elf in the Pantry 1 of 14
    Elf in the Pantry
    Uh oh. This elf made a mess with the peanuts! This would work with almost anything you keep in jars in your pantry. Oatmeal, nuts, raisins, chocolate chips. The list could go on and on. And cleaning it up could be fun...and yummy!
    Photo Courtesy of: Coopet Photography
  • Elf in the Candy Bowl 2 of 14
    Elf in the Candy Bowl
    This elf was apparently giving in to his sweet tooth. He ended up head first in the candy bowl! This would also work with a bowl of M&Ms, Hershey Kisses, Red & White mints or any other tasty Holiday treat. If you haven't had a bowl of candy out, you could even leave the candy bag out and make it look like the Elf got into a sticky situation while filling the bowl!
    Photo Courtesy of: Coopet Photography
  • Elf Behind the Camera 3 of 14
    Elf Behind the Camera
    This elf is going to use photography evidence to report back to Santa! Set him up with your video camera and film your kids reaction to finding him!
    Photo Courtesy of: Coopet Photography
  • Elf Doing Tree Gymnastics 4 of 14
    Elf Doing Tree Gymnastics
    This silly Elf got himself stuck upside down in the Christmas tree! You could also set him up doing a cartwheel, or hanging by one hand off of a branch. Or you could get really creative and have him doing a routine on the uneven bars!
    Photo Courtesy of: Flickr
  • Elf Cruising with Barbie 5 of 14
    Elf Cruising with Barbie
    This Elf seems to be a bit of a ladies man. He's taken Santa's sleigh for a joyride, and he's got Barbie around for the ride! I've seen this done with Barbie's vehicles as well.
    Photo Courtesy of: Flickr
  • Elf Thinking About Home 6 of 14
    Elf Thinking About Home
    This poor Elf, he's homesick and decided to sit on his book and think about the North Pole. This would be cute to do a few days before Christmas.
    Photo Courtesy of: AngryJulie
  • Elf on a Zip Line 7 of 14
    Elf on a Zip Line
    Adventure Elf! This elf is flying high above the tree on a zip line. He could also spend a day rappelling down the side of the wall or balancing atop the railing.
    Photo Courtesy of: AngryJulie
  • Elf on a Train 8 of 14
    Elf on a Train
    This Elf is playing Train Conductor with his friends...but it looks like he's about to run over a damsel in distress! This will be really fun to do next year, when we have our Polar Express train set up again!
    Photo Courtesy of: Life in Motion Photography
  • Elf in the Underwear Drawer 9 of 14
    Elf in the Underwear Drawer
    This Elf seems to have gotten into the kids underwear drawers! You could also have him peeking out of the underwear drawer, with the underwear scattered all over the floor.
    Photo Courtesy of: Life in Motion Photography
  • Elf Playing Video Games 10 of 14
    Elf Playing Video Games
    My kids would LOVE this gamer Elf. You could also set him up with a DS or other handheld device.
    Photo Courtesy of: Life in Motion Photography
  • Elf in the Wrapping Paper 11 of 14
    Elf in the Wrapping Paper
    This mischievous Elf got into the wrapping paper and made a mess! This would also be fun to do with bows and ribbon!
    Photo Courtesy of: Life in Motion Photography
  • Beer Drinking Elf 12 of 14
    Beer Drinking Elf
    Okay, so this is more for the parents than the kids, but it's pretty funny. In my house, a wine bottle would be more appropriate. But a soda can would work, as well!
    Photo Courtesy of: Life in Motion Photography. For the whole store behind the beer can, check out this post.
  • Nutcracker Elf 13 of 14
    Nutcracker Elf
    I love this this little guy is hiding out amongst the Nutcrackers! I wonder how long it would take the kids to notice him there.
    Photo Courtesy of: Amelia Jean Photography
  • Top O’the Tree Elf 14 of 14
    Top O'the Tree Elf
    I love that this little guy scaled all the way up to the top of the tree and is hanging on for dear life! Maybe he thought the Angel needed a hug?
    Photo Courtesy of: Binary Blogger

Do you have an Elf on your shelf? If so, have you ever done anything super creative and fun with it? And did you forget to move your Elf around every night! I’m SURE I’m going to do that a few times … or more!

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