Elf on the Shelf

The elf on the shelf holiday tradition.

My kids are fairly young and of course still believe in Santa so I’ve been thinking about purchasing The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition with Blue Eyed North Pole Pixie-Elfelf on the shelf. The elf that goes on the shelf is adorable and would fit in with our family perfect (he has blue eyes and so does everyone in my house except for me). However, I can’t haven’t brought myself to spend $29.95 (free shipping) for this elf.

The Elf on the Shelf is actually a pretty neat tradition to start. When you buy the elf on the shelf it comes with the elf and a book. You read the story to your children and name your elf and so on. The elf is there to “watch your children and report back to Santa”. You will set your elf on a shelf, he watches all day and at night when the kids are in bed he goes to the North Pole to report to Santa, you will need to move your elf somewhere else and the kids will search for him/her the next morning. This is supposed to get everyone in the spirit and keep your kids in line (some say…lol).

Are you feeling a little adventurous, crafty or just like to make messes and clean them up? Well, you can make The Elf on the Shelf do bad things! When the children go to search for him/her they will be shocked at what they find. See below for Elf on the Shelf ideas.

5 Elf on the Shelf Ideas

  • Sprinkle some flour on the counter top and make your elf make snow angels in it. Set your elf up next to the “flour angel” and wait until the kids find him.
  • Throw clothes on the floor (or if you have kids or a husband find some on the floor) and put your elf in the pile.
  • Sit your elf on the edge of the sink with a pole in his hands, add string to pole to make it look like a fishing pole. Add a little water to sink and goldfish crackers (plastic fish may work better so they don’t get soggy…lol) to make it look as though he’s fishing.
  • Throw marshmallows around and sit the elf in the middle of them.
  • Hang your elf on the cookie jar with his hand caught inside.

Still looking for more ideas for The Elf on the Shelf? Check out the 101 Elf on the Shelf ideas.




  1. First of all, your blog is just adorable!!

    Thanks so much for linking up to my post. You should consider linking your post up to my Elf Link Party. It will be so much fun.

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday season! Cheers.

    • Thanks, I really appreciate it. I’m trying to get some decent content on here to get it off the ground lol. Starting back at square one isn’t always easy but it’s a fun challenge! =) I will have to check out your Elf Link Party!

  2. I love these Elf on a Shelf ideas–so many ways to get creative with it. I’m tempted to start our own tradition with my family! Thanks for sharing.

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