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25 Elf on the Shelf QUICK & EASY Ideas that take Under 5 mins!

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I love our Elf on the Shelf, Jasper!  I realized pretty quick into our 1st year of his arrival that lots of the ideas out there for the Elf on the Shelf were just very unrealistic for my families situation.  First off,  I didn’t have 15 minutes every night to figure out where I was going to hide him (or I’d be half asleep in bed and remember).  Second, so many of the ideas had the Elf down low or in areas that my kids would have been tempted ALL day to touch him.  I didn’t need to be worrying about that all day.  So, I came up with this list of 25 Elf on the Shelf QUICK & EASY ideas that take UNDER 5 Minutes!

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Now for the 25 QUICK and EASY ideas – these are all FAST, EASY and REALISTIC for families with little kids!  If they aren’t perfect – then they can be modified to places up high or out of the way!

Don’t get me wrong – I’m super excited for when my kids are older and will have the self control to be able to not be tempted to touch our Elf.  But, for now – that just isn’t an option. 

I hope you get some fun ideas to incorporate into your ELF SEASON!!  

1) Draw Faces on a Picture

We did this last year too and my boys thought it was hilarious!  Just have your Elf draw funny faces on a picture using a Dry Erase Marker!

 

2.) TP the Christmas Tree

Last year we hid our Elf in our Christmas Tree, but I thought this idea of TP’ing the tree first was super fun!

 

3) Replace Stockings w/ Undies

We have boots, not stockings, but I still thought this was too hilarious not to share!

4) Jacuzzi w/ Friends

We don’t have Barbies in our home, but I’m thinking a Jacuzzi w/ Superheroes would be just as fun!

5) Sipping on Syrup

Top Shelf of the Pantry – so no little hands can touch him!  Perfect!

6) TP Countdown

I thought would be fun clos to Christmas!  What is it about toilet paper that is so funny?  haha 🙂

7) Glow Bracelets (source unknown)

I have a box of Glow Bracelets leftover from the 4th of July, so I think this will be super fun to do!

 8) Reading a Book to “Friends!”

We don’t have Pez dispensers, but this concept could work using Barbies or Superheroes – really anything!

9) Repelling

We have a pretty large Entertainment Center in our house and I think the kids will love this!  You can use yarn, ribbon or even just some string!

10) Napping in the Tissue Box

Who doesn’t have a Tissue box out and around during the Winter?  Super quick and simple!

11) Elf Locked Out

One day Elf just isn’t going to make it back, before Mom locks the doors.

12) Elf Key

The day after he’s locked out – maybe Surprise him with a Magic Elf Key!

13) Elf Riding Reindeer/Guiding Sleigh

We did one similar to this last year.  Who doesn’t have some sort of Reindeer or Sleigh Decor?

14) Elf Leaves Message

You could really do this any day with any type of message!  I think I’ll save this for the day after a day that my kids have been especially naughty!

15) Rocking Baby Jesus

My kids love their Fisher Price Nativity Set and they would love finding Jasper rocking Baby Jesus!

16) Elf Tire Swing

This one would be pretty easy too!  We’ve got some big tires in our Lego’s!

17) Wrapping the Toilet

I can’t wait to hear what my 4 year old says about this – haha 🙂

18) Hungry Elf w/ Green Milk

And, of course the milk in the fridge would all be Green too!

19) Elf has a Sick Day

Don’t we all have a sick day every once in a while?  So does our Elf!

20) Magic Elf Seeds

Here’s another great idea for an activity!  Click through to see the adorable letter that goes with it!

21) Kid Trap

Little naughty Elf – tries trapping the kids

22) Special Delivery!

I love how she has the idea last for several days and not just overnight!  Click through to learn more!

23) Hang in a Chandelier

We have a pretty good sized Chandelier that is really high – this will be both fun and easy!  I can’t see the kids running under it 20 times before finding him!  hehe 🙂

24) Hang in Stocking or Boot

25) Naughty or Nice List!

Looking for a few extra fun ideas – that may take a little extra time?  I loved these!

Candycane Gardening Kit

Click through the link to see more on this!  Such a cute idea!

Soarin’ Elf

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Elf Zipline! 

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Pam Dana

I am a wife and mom that is over the moon for family, traditions and fun! I love to share lots of printables, DIY's, kids activities and my families favorite recipes! I am married to my husband, Scott, and we have 3 beautiful children and together they are my world!

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    Bella Guiness

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    I was wondering if I am supposed to keep our elf’s hand’s sewn together or not. Looks like some of the photos that they cut their elf’s hands loose but in others they seem to still be sewn? Don’t want to ruin ours by cutting them apart if I’m not supposed to.

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      mommy manda

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      I was wondering the same thing!

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        jenney

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        you could cut them and them put some velcro on his hands for when they need to be together!

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          Kaija

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          Hey! I’m ten! I get to help my mom with the elf on the shelf for my little brother. We cut the string off so he is posable. Also we Velcro it.

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      overthebigmoon

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      It’s just up to you – what you prefer. I keep our Elf’s hands together, cause I like to be able to hook him over and on things, but my sisters have cut theirs!

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        melissa

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        I went and bought heavy wire to do my elf I bought this year, only to not be able to insert ot because at his elbows and knees it is sewn shut 🙁 Hmm it must be a new feature to try and make him more sturdy??

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      myrubygirl.com

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      We cut ours and when I need to hook her over something, or I need her to hold something, I use well hidden straight pins…

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      Lindsay Pickard

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      I cut the hands apart and i also take off the hat sometimes. you can glue it back on if need be.

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      spunjo1221

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      I think you can do whatever you want with them. You paid for it.

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    Dorcas Troche

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    These are so funny! Our elf had a potential magic loss on Thanksgiving and my eight-year old almost had a nervous breakdown.

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    Emily

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    Thats just too funny!!

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    MumofC&D

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    Rudy, our Rascally Reindeer, is going to decorate our tree with undies this year. This should really tickle the fancy of our 2.5 and 4.5 year old boys! Toilet humour is BIG in our house right now!

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    Laura

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    Our Elf’s name is “Twinkle”, and this is a tradition that’s been in our family LONG before “EotS” became popular. I had an Elfen friend when I was a kid (I’m in my 40’s). But I’ve been running out of places for him to hang out, so I’m really glad I stumbled through your site. I’ll definitely be using some of these ideas. We have plenty of Lego People, so I see Twinkle reading books to them. And I am SO wrapping the toilet!!

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    Danielle

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    I’m super interested in doing this, this year. I’m curious to know what the story is that goes along with elf and stuff..

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    Danielle

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    I am in LOVE with our elf Princess.. we have done many of these ideas and more..
    We have put Barbie sunglasses and tied a scarf around her neck in the Barbie convertible. Made a mess in the kitchen with flower, and went to a bakery and bought gingerbread cookies and Xmas cupcakes, put spatula in he hand so it looked like she made them.. my favorite was when my girls touched her. The next morning she was flat on her face between the window panes. I told our girls Princess tried to fly but had lost her magic. We sprinkled her with pixie dust and sang xmas carols to her all day. She recovered of course! Put her on top of the Xmas tree with the angel on the ground. can’t wait to see what princess does in 2012.. fond of the zipline idea :O)

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      Heather J

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      Great idea about losing her magic! This will be our first year with an elf, and I know my kids will touch ours.

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    gootz34

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    can’t wait for our elf to return Thanksgiving night…. these ideas will make this season tons of fun!!!

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    randi

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    omg these are the cutest ideas ever i am using most of these and cant wait.

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    Jamey Tobler

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    I have never done Elf on the Shelf, and seeing these easy cute ideas makes me want to! 🙂 My hubby thinks it is just one more way to lie to the kids, so I would just need to get him on board.

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      Jen

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      My husband was in a similar situation. Reading him the story that actually goes with the elf totally got him on board. He picked out a name and wanted me to take the girl elf I picked out and get a boy:-)

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    overthebigmoon

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    So fun Cassie! Can’t wait to see it!

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    Cassie Osborne

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    I can’t wait to start our Elf on the Shelf! I have a pack coming out for it.

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