Elf on the Shelf Ideas – The Master List

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Elf on the Shelf Ideas

We started the Elf on the Shelf tradition with our daughter in 2009 when she was 1. Our elf’s name is Oboe and he arrives at our house each year after Thanksgiving. The first year that Oboe spent with us, we constantly forgot to hide him in new places every night. Fortunately Lily was too young to notice if the elf stayed in the same spot 3 days in a row.

We definitely could have used the help of a printable Elf on the Shelf Calendar to help us think of new hiding spots.  Live and learn!

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Lily now LOVES her elf. She bounds out of bed each morning and races to see what he’s been up to overnight. The elf is also a good threat when bad behavior looms – because he’s always “watching.” ;) Her excited reactions are our motivation on the nights that we just can’t. think. of. one. more. spot. for. the. damn. elf.

This list is a compilation of our pictures since then – along with some of Lily’s cousins’ elves, June and Carol!

Elf on the Shelf flying in airplane

Here’s the plane in action!!

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Elf Decorates Kitchen

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Elf on Ski Lift

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Elf and Buzz Lightyear Make a Mess

Elf and Tink Fly

Elf Brings Home Alone

Elf Flies Above Kitchen

Superhero Cape

Super Hero Elf

Flying Elf on the Shelf Super Hero

Elf with Santa Hats

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Elf on Hang Glider

Elf on Christmas Tree

Elf Nice List

Elf in Wreath

Elf Hides in Dishes

Elf Flies Plane

Elf Drives Firetruck

Elf Drinks KCup Coffee

Elf Draws on Picture

Elf Decorates Tree

Elf Christmas Countdown

Elf Carving Butter

Elf Brings Santa Presents

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  • I loved all your ideas they are all great. My favorite was the elf leaving his footprints to the door and writing “I love Christmas”

  • Andrea Booker

    I love them all but the snow/flour angel is really cute.

  • A Fancy Girl Must

    Holy moly!! I’m impressed! This is epic. Really creative!

  • Sarah Donza-Hughes

    HOLY MOLY is EXACTLY what I was thinking too!! This IS the motherload!!