20 Realistic Elf on the Shelf Ideas To Create Christmas Magic

Are you searching for Elf on the Shelf ideas for Christmas that are realistic but fun and cute? Me too! Every year my social feeds are flooded with adorable Christmas Scout elves in ridiculous setups. 

Here are some of the cutest Elf on the Shelf ideas that moms like you and I can arrange with little time and without breaking the bank this holiday season.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Idea

The Very Hungry Caterpillar idea is perfect for toddlers and super simple to create. All you need are apples, toothpicks, marshmallows, and googly eyes.

The Minions Bananas Idea

One of the simplest Elf on the Shelf ideas includes bananas and a permanent marker. You don't have to be Picasso to scribble on these tiny Minion faces and watch your munchkin’s face light up.  

The Bow Climb Elf on the Shelf Idea

This idea is by far one of my favorites. It's easy to construct, and it's Christmas decor fun. Take cute Christmas bows and stick them up the wall.  Then, place the Scout elf within the bows. You may need to use tape, tinsel, or a little wire (pipe cleaner) to secure your little buddy.

The Toilet Paper Snowman Idea

To create this look, you need three rolls of toilet paper, felt markers, and whatever you choose to dress the snowman up.  First, unroll the toilet paper to draw the face and buttons. Next, the original poster (OP) instructs to dab the felt tip markers because the ink spreads quickly.

The Jenga elf is a cute and delicious surprise for your little one to discover with their elf friend.  You can create the chocolate Jenga bars with any chocolate-covered biscuit or Kit Kats for the win.

The Kit Kat Jenga Idea

The Snowflake Toilet Paper Roll Idea

Another easy idea involves a pair of scissors and a roll of toilet paper. First, fold the sheets individually and stack them on top of each other.  Then, cut fun shapes in the toilet paper with scissors, unfold, and voila! 

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