The Lazy Mum’s guide to Elf on the Shelf

The Lazy Mum's Guide to Elf on the Shelf

It’s almost December. Time to dig out your Elf on the Shelf. Our Elf has been bringing joy to our children/complicating our lives since 2014. With all that practice, I’ve mastered the art of no fuss Elf placement.

Here’s the Lazy Mum’s guide to Elf on the Shelf. It’s full of simple, easy to do Elf ideas that require minimal props or planning. December is already busy, ain’t nobody got time for elaborate Elf antics.

The Lazy Mum’s Guide to Elf on the Shelf uses your kids toys, takes advantage of the Christmas decorations, gives you a day or two off, and has the Elf on adventures in every room of the house.

The Lazy Mum’s Guide to Elf on the Shelf – 25+ simple elf ideas

The Lazy Mum's Guide to Elf on the Shelf
The Lazy Mum's guide to Elf on the Shelf
1. He’s Back! The Elf arrives holding an “I’m back” sign.

2. Sleeping Elf. Make a comfy bed for your Elf and a soft toy.

The Lazy Mum's Guide to Elf on the Shelf
Lazy Mum's Guide to Elf on the Shelf

3. Dentist Elf, the toys need clean teeth.

4. Story time! Elf reads the toys a story.

Lazy Mum's Guide to Elf on the Shelf
The Lazy Mum's guide to Elf on the Shelf

5. Hostage Elf. The Elf is taken hostage by toy soldiers and taped to the wall.

6. Captured Elf. A toy (Hulk Smash for extra appeal) wraps the elf in toilet paper.

The Lazy Mum's guide to Elf on the Shelf
The Lazy Mum's guide to Elf on the Shelf

7. Game on. Set up a toy and your Elf playing a board game or doing a puzzle.

8. Message time! The Elf spells out a message using scrabble letters. BE KIND TO YOUR MUM!!

The Lazy Mum's guide to Elf on the Shelf
The Lazy Mum's Guide to Elf on the Shelf

9. Santa Photos. The Elf is a photographer, taking Santa photos of other toys (my most complicated Elf on the Shelf ever)!

10. Swinging Elf, on a toilet roll swing.

The Lazy Mum's guide to Elf on the Shelf
the lazy mum's guide to elf on the shelf

11. Day Off! The Elf has a nasty case of kid germs and needs a night at the North Pole recovering.

12. Farting Elf. Put your Elf in a jar and dare the kids to take a whiff.

13. Stuck! The Elf gets tangled in the Christmas tree.

The Lazy Mum's Guide to Elf on the Shelf
lazy mums guide to elf on the shelf

14. An extra. The Elf sneaks into the nativity set.

15. Peek-a-boo. The Elf peers out from a Christmas stocking.

the lazy mum's guide to elf on the shelf
the lazy mum's guide to elf on the shelf

16. Graffiti Elf. Use a whiteboard marker to draw glasses, moustaches and hats on family photos.

17. Help! The Elf is trapped in the washing machine.

18. It’s getting hot in here! The Elf takes respite from the heat in the fridge.

The Lazy Mum's guide to Elf on the Shelf
lazy mum's guide to elf on the shelf

19. Call back. The Elf is needed in the North Pole and heads back back to help Santa for a day.

20. Tea time. The Elf helps himself to a cup of tea.

the lazy mum's guide to elf on the shelf
the lazy mum's guide to elf on the shelf

21. Mischievous Elf. Write a cheeky message in flour.

22. Elf goes bananas, by drawing faces on bananas.

lazy mums guide to elf on the shelf
lazy mums guide to elf on the shelf

23. Snowflake Elf. Make a snowflake from cotton buds.

24. Shaving elf. Little bit of shaving cream and a razor will have your Elf looking his best.

lazy mums guide to elf on the shelf
lazy mums guide to elf on the shelf

25. Bathtime elf. The Elf reclines in a bubble bath (cotton balls)!

26. Pooping elf. Make the Elf a toilet, complete with candy cane toilet roll holder, and chocolate chip poo.

Fingers crossed my Lazy Mum’s guide to Elf on the Shelf has given you some no-fuss elf ideas! For more simple Elf inspiration, pop over to Instagram and follow my stories. While you’re there, tag @lifeonwallace in your Elf photos, I always need new Elf antics.

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7 thoughts on “The Lazy Mum’s guide to Elf on the Shelf

  1. These are brilliant – the farting elf in a jar is my favourite! Wish they’d had elf on the shelf when I was a kid!

  2. I love your ideas…and I bet it’s the best fun in your household of 5. And the girls will be getting into Christmas more than last year!! Denyse

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