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Super EASY Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Did you breakdown and buy an Elf on the Shelf? We have had an Elf since the kids were little, but this year we added an Elf for each kid. (AH!) However with crazy schedules we tend to forget or “plan” for our Elf … now Elves. So I figured instead of frantically putting something together at 10:00pm at night, I thought an Elf Calendar would be more helpful.

We never had an Elf growing up and it was always something I wanted to do with my kids and so far it has been the most exciting part of Christmas for them. Their faces light up when they see the Elf arrive and they can’t stop talking about what their Elf did that day. All their friends and teachers know their Elf’s name; it truly doesn’t get much better than that in my opinion.

I hope this Elf Calendar helps you in your home, to make the Holidays just a little bit more easy and cheerful! Happy Elf-ing!

Ready Go:

Elf Calendar –

  • Welcome Back Elf or Welcome Elf!
    • Have your Elf arrive in the Christmas Tree!
  • Candy Cane Hunt
    • Hide 3 or 6 or 18 candy canes throughout the house, let the kids hunt for them.
  • Mini Pancakes
  • Elf Ball Pit
    • Take a box and some craft pom-poms and you have an ‘Elf Ball Pit”
  • Sprinkle Elf Angel
    • Take a baking sheet and sprinkle out the sprinkles; make an Elf Angel.
  • Decorate Eggs in the Fridge and hide your Elf in the Fridge.
  • Elf in the Blender
  • Elf Robber
    • Tip over the Piggy Bank!
  • Undies on the Tree
  • Eating Sprinkles out of the bottle
  • Laundry Basket under the Tree.
    • Have the kids fill it with toys to donate before Christmas.
  • Grocery List on the Fridge
    • Make it silly
  • Elf Car Wash
    • Sponge and match-box cars!
  • Shaving Cream Elf
  • Coloring Elf
    • Grab a few $1 Christmas Color Books and a box of Crayons!
  • Elf Dress Up
    • Use a Barbie Doll dress
  • Popcorn Elf
    • Weekend: Fill the microwave with popcorn and get a cheap kids movie!
  • Reading Elf
    • Put out some Christmas books or a silly one!
  • Drinking Syrup
    • Take a straw and prop up your Elf by the Syrup bottle.
  • Nutella/Peanut Butter Elf
    • Smear a little on your Elf’s face and put them next to the jar.
  • Elf in the Car
    • If you are going out for the day, put the Elf on the rearview mirror in the car.
  • Coffee Elf
    • K-Cup and a straw!
  • IPad/IPhone Elf
    • Take an Elf selfie and put it on the lock screen.
  • Cupboard Elf
    • Clean out one of the cupboards.
  • Elf on Strike
    • Naughty kids!
  • Sticker Elf
    • Take some stickers and put them all over your Elf.
  • Crockpot Tub Elf
    • Fill the crockpot with marshmallows and a rubber duck, insert elf!
  • Elf in the Blinds
    • Stick your Elf in the window blinds (easy-peasy).
  • Snowman Toilet Paper Elf
    • Stack 3 toilet paper rolls up, put your Elf in, and decorate as a snowman.
  • Stocking Elf
    • Put your Elf so they are peaking out of the stocking.


My favorite EASY “Elf brings … “

  • Cake Mix and Sprinkles
  • Advent Calendar
  • Stickers
  • Books
  • Garland
  • Candy Canes
  • Holiday Socks
  • Holiday Toys (Target Dollar Section)
  • Color Book and Crayons
  • Ornament



  1. Wow – This is a super organised plan, wish I was so organised, I don’t even have presents yet.

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