Last Updated on January 6, 2022 by Scott Charleboix
This Blogmas post, 12 ideas to display your adorable Elf on the Shelf contains 12 ideas for you to display your Elf on the Shelf for Christmas this year and some of the years to follow. Just remember not to use the same technique from year to year and change it up. Elf on the Shelf remains one of my favorite Christmas traditions as we would move him around the house and wait for the reaction from our nephew to see where he would show up next.
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History of Elf on the Shelf:
“The elf on the shelf is also Santa’s – known as St. Nick’s – best friend. This story describes how Santa’s “scout elves” hide in people’s homes to watch over events. Once everyone goes to bed, the scout elf flies back to the North Pole to report to Santa the activities, good and bad, that have taken place throughout the day. Before the family wakes up each morning, the scout elf flies back from the North Pole and hides.
By hiding in a new spot each morning around the house, the scout elf plays an ongoing game of hide and seek with the family. The Elf on the Shelf explains that scout elves get their magic by being named and being loved by a child. In the back of each book, families have an opportunity to write their elf’s name and the date that they adopted it. Once the elf is named, the scout elf receives its special Christmas magic, which allows it to fly to and from the North Pole.
The book tells how the magic might disappear if the scout elf is touched, so the rule for The Elf on the Shelf states, “There’s only one rule that you have to follow, so I will come back and be here tomorrow: Please do not touch me. My magic might go, and Santa won’t hear all I’ve seen or I know.” Although families are told not to touch their scout elf, they can speak to it and tell it all their Christmas wishes so that it can report back to Santa accurately.
The story ends on Christmas Day with the elf leaving to stay with Santa for the rest of the year until the following Christmas season.”
This first idea for our mischievous elf on the shelf requires a little creative effort on your part to grab a sharpie and either use the drawings that are in the image below or create your own. Once you’ve created the bottom part of your Minion which should be the standard drawn on each banana, you’ll need to add the top part of the Minion to the banana. To really make Elf on the Shelf stand out requires a small effort on your part to ensure that you place the sharpie between his hands (as if he did the dirty work).
12 ideas to display your adorable Elf on the Shelf
Below is a gallery of ideas for the 12 ways which you can display your adorable Elf on the Shelf. And at the bottom of this gallery I’ll briefly explain for how you can set up your display to show off your Elf on the Shelf.
I’ve already discussed the 1st idea above (at the top of this post) so here’s some more ideas to display your adorable Elf on the Shelf.
1 – Simply lay your Elf on the Shelf in a box of Kleenex as he uses it for his bed. Don’t forget that Elf on the Shelf needs a pillow for his head so wad a few of the Kleenexes to make his pillow and put them under his head.
2 – Lay your Elf on the Shelf between some marshmallows as if he’s creating an angel in the snow (with marshmallows) and be sure to spread out the marshmallows so that they form an angel.
3 – Much like the image above you want to relay that Elf on the Shelf is making an angel, but this time instead of using snow to make his angel, Elf on the Shelf is using candied sprinkles (the same stuff that I love to put on doughnuts).
4 – This will work if you have one, two, or several Elf on the Shelves to put them on their ski slope made out of a few washcloths laid out by the side of the sink. If you can find a toboggan and sled for your Elf on the Shelf that would immeasurably add to the special effect.
5 – For this idea suspend your Elf on the Shelf from the ceiling or a kitchen cupboard using some yarn or string. For his support of him hanging from his trapeze, use a candy cane suspended between the two pieces of yarn with the yarn tied to each end of the candy cane.
6 – Simply place Elf on the Shelf between the railings if you have them in your stairs.
7 – simply place Elf on the Shelf on one of the stair steps.
8 – Place Elf on the Shelf next to a pineapple or a basket.
9 – Place Elf on the Shelf in your Christmas tree onto one of the branches.
10 – Place Elf on the Shelf behind one of his favorite jars of food, candies, cereal, etc.
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If you have a teen girl, you’ll love the idea of having Elf on the Shelf play with her makeup. The middle one is really funny if you have some stairs you can do this one. Simply put Elf in the Shelf in the middle of a row of Toilet paper with his feet sticking out of the other side, place him at the bottom of the stairs and lay out some toilet paper from the bottom step heading towards the top step. When asked what happened, explain that he was trying to get to your room I bet.
Last image on the right: Roses are red, violets are blue, I got stuck in the blinds coming back to you and be sure to stick the note on the blind and Elf on the Shelf between and behind (stuck) in the blinds.
Elf on the Shelf is trying to reach into a bowl of his favorite candies. Simply stack a pile of a few cans next the cabinet high enough for him to reach into the bowl that he’s trying to grab his favorite candy.
Elf wants to roast some marshmallows. Gotta be safe with this one, so don’t light the candle that he’s using until after Christmas so you don’t burn his marshmallows or anything else. Put a couple of marshmallows on a skewer and place Elf on the Shelf atop of a jar or glass with the skewer between his hands.
Dad farted! I love this one. Simply type or write a note that says: Dad farted? I’m hiding from the smell. It’s safe in here. Name of your Elf. And place him in a jar or a glass that’s turned upside down.
Elf in the Shelf is so good at hiding that he has found a new hiding place between two or three rolls of toilet paper stacked together with him in the middle of two of them. Be sure to write on the bottom roll of Toilet Paper, “I Love Hide N Seek!”
In the middle, snow balls coming straight from the North Pole. I think that Hostess is still making these Hostess Sno Balls with a note that you prepare saying: “Straight from the North Pole here’s a little treat But these are not to throw, they’re to eat. Signed your elf’s name.
To the far right, worst cookies ever. Put a dog biscuit that’s broken into Elf on the Shelf’s hands with the note that reads: “Worst Cookies ever! Don’t ever give these to Santa!
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