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25 Quick and Easy Last Minute Elf On The Shelf Ideas Using What You Have At Home

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December is just around the corner. You’ve been so busy and preoccupied with work, family, Christmas shopping  and whatever else that you’ve just realised that you’ve not organised your Elf  On The Shelf mischief and antics for 1st December until 24th December.

You’ve started something that you can not stop. You’re filled with dread as you know that your kiddies will be expecting their little elf buddies to pay them a visit on  the run up to Christmas.

But you seriously can’t be arsed. You’ve not got enough time or motivation to go and buy any ‘extra’ little bits and bobs. 

Fear not…So i’ve come to save the day with my….

Quick and Easy Last Minute Elf On The Shelf Ideas Using What You Already Have At Home

  • Wrapping up cushions on sofa when they open them they have been changed to Xmas ones
  • Have your elf bring advent calendars
  • Use icing sugar/flour/sugar to make snow angels
  • Using rolled up balls of papers, have your elves have a snowball fight.
  • Use cotton wool balls and build a snowman
  • Create a treasure hunt for the kids with clues
  • Stage the elves Playing with your children’s toys, for example on trains set
  • Wrap the tree in toilet roll
  • Have your elf ‘chilling’ in the fridge
  • Have your elf read a book to a bunch of your kids favourite toys
  • Make a little ‘tea party’ using bowls and cups from your cupboards
  • Have our elf be held hostage by some ‘baddie’ toys

Need More Elf On The Shelf Inspiration…?

  • Pretend your elf is brushing their teeth in the bathroom and leaving a toothpaste message on the  mirror
  • Set out milk and cookies as if your elf has been eating them
  • Have the elves draw faces on fruit e.g Minions on bananas
  • Put the elf into an open box of chocolate/biscuits
  • If you have a  games console, set up your elf as if they have been ‘gaming’ all night
  • Set up a board game for your elf and a ‘toy friend’ to play
  • Leave out some paper and a pen and ask your child to write their Christmas list
  • Have your elf take #Elfies (selfies) on your phone
  • Pretend your elf is ‘mountain climbing’ up the curtains or your tree
  • Have your elf bring out some baubles and good old tinsel ready to dress the tree
  • Make rude or silly words using fridge magnets
  • Make a ‘homemade’ Christmas card with any arts and craft supplies or even  paper and  crayon/felt tip pens from your elf to the kids and get them to do the same back.

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Do you take part in Elf On The Shelf? What do you love/hate about it? What are your favourite elf antics? I’d  love to know, let me know in the comments below. 

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  1. November 22, 2019 / 11:02 am

    I have never done Elf On The Shelf because I just don’t think I’m organised enough! However, these are all great ideas so if I ever do give it a go I shall be popping back here for inspiration! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time!
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