Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

It is that time of year again the time of the year when we check off our holiday list. It is the time of the year when we decide to take this toy out of the box. The Elf on the Shelf  toy is supposed to go to Santa and tell Santa if your child has been naughty or nice. He or she comes back from the North Pole and creates some sort of mischief, so I gathered some fun elf on the shelf ideas for you to try.

How to Make Posable Elf

elf on the shelf ideas

The Elf on the Shelf  comes with arms and legs that aren’t posable. I decided to figure out a cheap and easy way to make my Elf on the Shelf Posable.

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

You will need the following items:

Your own Elf on a Shelf toy
Red or white thread
Paper clips or floral wire
Wire cutter (I just twisted the paper clip to break it
Optional Items:
Game Day Shirt for your Elf on a Shelf
Elf Tutu Skirt for your Girl Elf on a Shelf
Elf Couture Skirt 

moveable elf on the self

 (DO NOT forget to check out our ADULT ELF VERSION ) <———

Step 1: Clip the string connecting the Elf’s hands

Step 2: Pull out the stitches in the glove of the elf.

Step: 3 Measure the arm with the paper clip or floral wire. Then clip it to fit into the arm hole.

Step: 4 Push the wire into the Elf’s arm.

Step 5: Stitch the glove up using the red thread. I double threaded the needle. The I put the thread through the glove and through the loop at the end of the thread. I stitched it three times and then I cut off the string.

Finally, you have an Elf whose arms move. You can very easily do the elf’s legs using the same methods. I was able to do the arms in five minutes total and I am far from a seamstress.


How about a note idea for your elf on the shelf.

Have Holiday Game Time with the Elf on the Shelf Hide and Seek Game.

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See the Story Behind the Elf on a Shelf in his own DVD

Elf on the Shelf Ideas


Elf on the Shelf Ideas

see how this ELF on the Shelf Idea was Created

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See how this Elf on the Shelf Idea was created

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Thank you Moms Saving Money

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Flying elf

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Elf Tutus 

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Apple “Jack”

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Sharing a snack

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Elf Online Shopping. Thanks The Coupon Challenge!


 Elf with photos. Thanks This Mama Loves!




Elf with Barbie dashing in One horse Open Sleigh. Thanks to Krsytal of AGIC – Awesome-Inspired-Gorgeous-Creative

Thanks Amanda!



Many thanks to our readers for sharing their elf photos!

Don’t forget to check out our Funny Elf on the Shelf ideas: Calendar of ideas


 THESE are for ADULTS only

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Elf on the Shelf Ideas

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  1. Judy Bradley says

    So cute and clever! If I could find a face, I could just make one, but I still would like the book too. Thanks for your detailed instructions!

  2. Darla Laughlin says

    that’s a great idea! I really enjoyed your adult elf pictures too. very creative! I wish I still enjoyed playing with toys. I wasn’t into them much as a child either. and my parents said I’d only watch commercials on TV and then leave the room again. I can’t figure out what I didn’t my time doing as a child. probably writing and talking, that’s all I can remember.

  3. Lori Walker says

    This is a great collection of ideas! (including the adult ideas) The moveable arms and legs are a great idea and help Elf on the Shelf get into all of his mischief. I love the Rice Crispies box idea, I wonder how long it would take the kids to notice he was there.

  4. Linda Treadwell says

    This looks like the way to go. You definitely need an Elf on the Shelf that’s bendable! It’s cool. It’s nice that you’re sharing this for everyone.

  5. deborah mccormick says

    I dont have a Elf on Shelf, I use a little stuffed doll and This is a awesome idea <3 Thank you for all you do. This idea will definitely come in handy

  6. stephanie ubiera says

    When i read the caption, my first thought was “no, i dont want that creepy thing moving!” but i see what you meant and how creative are you!? Love your ideas and am not looking at the elf as “creepy” anymore.

  7. Becky Bartlett says

    First off I LOVE the adult ideas. Making him poseable looks so simply and easy to do. The kleenex box is a awesome idea and too funny. The Rice Krispies box is great, I love the ideas

  8. says

    Seriously, I would need to order somebody to make the arms moveable and do the craft part for me. The Elf on my Shelf would definitely still be on the same shelf – til next year at the same time. I would never have thought up that cereal box move – that is a good one!

  9. Andria Bonbright says

    I LOVE the ideas with the Kleenex box, since my daughter is obsessed with ‘fancy’ Kleenex boxes & keeps 3 by her bed.
    This will work out great.

  10. Melody Domingues says

    I am definitely going to make this for my niece this year. She’s still young but I think it’ll be nice to have “elf” around and as she gets older have activities and such that they can enjoy together.

  11. Jamie Kroening says

    This is an awesome idea diving in a Kleenex box. Our elf just took last night took a bath in rice crispies (Had a medsize aluminum container and used it like it was the selfsame bathtub. You grab some of th girls toys and was using crackers for swim floaters.

  12. Synthia Hernandez says

    Wow your full of cool and fun Ideas for the elf’s. Don’t have an elf but sure makes me want to buy one lol.

  13. Emma Arnold says

    The adult ideas are funny! One of my teenage boys did an idea for the littles ones and when we woke up in the morning he has jasper sitting on a drinking glass with a tootsie roll at the bottom for the glass I could have killed him lol but it was halairious though 🙂

  14. Tara Hundley says

    What a great idea! I want to do Elf on the Shelf but still haven’t bought one. Maybe next year! Sounds like fun but a lot of work! LOL


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