These super quick last minute ideas could really help you out
Written 15th September 2022 | Subscribe to our Christmas newsletter
We've all been there. At first it's exciting when the elves arrive, thinking of inventive and creative ways for those cheeky elves to appear in the mornings. You may even have some elf on the shelf props lined up. Good work!
But as time goes on, it gets harder and harder and sometimes it cactches you out. How many times have we woken in the night and thought 'Oh no, I've forgotten the elves, quick what can I do that is quick and easy'.
We've compiled a list of fantastic, simple but creative ideas you can do with your elves, that will take you less than 1 minute.
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Place the elf between the blinds with this poem - 'Roses are red, violets are blue, I got stuck in the blinds, coming back to you', written on a piece of paper.
Drawing on Photos
Using a wipe-clean pen you can deface photos. Makes sure you test the pen first to make sure it is easily removed.
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The Snow Angel
Using everyday flour or sugar you can create this simple, but effective snow angel.
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Taped to the wall, if you have toy soldiers great, if not you could pretend any toy has done this.
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With just a sharpie pen and you can bring the bananas to life.
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Using toilet paper and some sellotape, create a broken leg/arm. May also encourage children to tidy up.
A packet of chocolate chips across the floor looks like elf poo. If you have a potty you can go one further and sit the elf on there.
Line up your child's dinosaur toys and sit the Elf riding on the front one. This can also be done with horses.
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Toilet Roll Elves
Put the elves in toilet rolls, you can also recreate this note.
Credit: Jennifer Tarnowski
This sign can be bought from Etsy. Alternatively, you can create your own.
The Toilet Roll
Put the elf in the toilet roll at the bottom of the stairs, leave some unraveling.
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The secret message can be made up by you, or even quicker - just print it here
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Place one elf against the wall. Use the other elf to be checking how tall the other elf is along a wall.
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Great for children who don't brush their teeth.
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Rice Crispy Shoe
Fill a shoe with rice crispies. Quick to do last minute but takes a while to tidy up the next day.
Write a list of things the elf would like such as cookies, syrup and candy canes.
Trap the elf on a balloon and blow it up. Write 'Help Me' on the front of the balloon.
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Pretend the elf has eaten dog biscuits and write a note to say not to leave them out for Santa.
Help You locked me out
Such an easy one, place the elf outside with a note saying 'Help, you locked me out'
Peek a boo
Place the elf between toilet rolls and write on the toilet roll with pen.
Credit: Tara Kush
Eating Choco Snaps
Place the elf in the box and place coco pops on the table.
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Elf in a cotton wools
Place the elf in a 'snow bath' using cotton wool
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Feeding the duck
Fill a sink with water, add some rubber ducks. Add some bread
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Ask the children to draw a picture that the Elf will give to Santa. Great way to get children being creative.
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By stacking tins on top of each other can make a really effective 'Elf Ladder"
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Put the elf in a shoe box and cover with a pretend cover and pillow. Add the Vaporub, tissues and a thermonitor next to them.