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21 Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas and more to Get You Through December!

He’s baaaaaack! That’s right, Elf on the Shelf has returned to homes all over the world in the lead-up to Christmas. If you started strong creating the elf magic in the first week but are rapidly running out of overnight adventures, we’re here to help. Here are 21 funny Elf on the Shelf ideas to see you through, plus MORE!

Elf on the shelf is fun they said…

Honestly, Elf on the Shelf is fun … until it’s kind of not so much fun for parents. Creating this kind of Christmas magic is unbelievably fun for children, but it can be a Santa sack of pressure for parents to think of 25 different mischievous elf scenes. Not to worry, we’ve got your back. Check out the stocking full of funny Elf on the Shelf ideas and more below!

Everyone’s favourite elf is back for December. via GIPHY


First, you have to name your elf

If you’re struggling to find the perfect name for your Elfie (other than Elfie, of course), let our Naming Elves help you out with these 75 festive Elf on a Shelf names to consider. Behold 75+ Elf on the Shelf names, good luck finding one that fits just right!

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Source: Elf Survival Box

21 funny Elf on the Shelf ideas for Christmas 2022

1. Flossing elf

Floss it this way or floss it that way, this elf is in a floss tangle!

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What a tangle! Source: Instagram / @cupcakeandbuddy

2. The wrap-happy elf

Maybe hold off on this one if your little one gets up frequently to use the loo through the night…

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Hope no one is busting for a wee at midnight now… Source: Instagram / @lauren_hill_1111

3. Taco Tuesday elf

Meal prep has never looked so good with these funny Elf on the Shelf ideas!

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A tortilla pocket poncho? YES PLEASE. Source: Instagram / @chippy_and_giggles

4. Elf Twister

We see loads of funny Elf on the Shelf ideas, but we love this game night idea! Make sure you have other toys to join in!

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Left foot, RED. Source: Instagram / @lifes_little_rainbows

5. Shaving foam shake-up!

Naughty is still a funny Elf on the Shelf idea! It’s a shaving foam party for this cheeky guy!

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FOAMAZING! Source: Instagram / @hiya_its_me_me

6. Obstacle course

Get out your slinky, it’s time for your Elf on the Shelf to tunnel crawl!

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The slinky run never looked so good! Source: Instagram / @r.phillips

7. All eyes are on you

Literally, all eyes are on you! Find yourself a sheet of googly eyes and set to task.

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Hilarious! Source: Instagram / @lauren_hill_1111

8. Eggcited much?

Are you eggcited for Santa? The jury’s out with this half a dozen!

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How eggcited are you, really? Source: Instagram / @adventuresofelfie

9. Say it with Scrabble tiles

So naughty! The kids love to giggle at silly potty humour so let it rip one night!

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FARTS! Source: Instagram / @adventuresofelfie

10. These elves are going bananas!

Sing it with me, B-A-N-A-N-A-S….

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This dedication is bananas, but so good! Source: Instagram / @chippy_and_giggles

11. Hide and seek

Which cup will it be? An epic game of hide and seek!

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Hide and seek, chug cup style. Source: Instagram / @chippy_and_giggles

12. Masterchef Elf!

This elf breakfast is … rather questionable, don’t you think?

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Mmmmmm… YUMMY! Source: Instagram / @adventuresofelfie

13. ‘Tis the season to be baking

A new level of funny Elf on the Shelf ideas UNLOCKED: It’s the season to be baking fruit mince tarts, elves included!

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No licking the spoon! Source: Instagram / @chippy_and_giggles

14. You’re trapped!

A crepe paper boobie trap, those clever little elves!

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Got you! Source: Instagram / @miss_genevieve_rose

15. Photocopying elves

An oldie but a goodie, if you’re not photocopying your bum is it even a Christmas party?

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There’s always that one elf… Source: Instagram / @jessica_and_three

16. Elfie selfie

STOP, LET’S GET A SELFIE! Even Elf on the Shelf loves to get some good selfies…

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Getting it for the ‘gram. Source: Instagram / @miss_genevieve_rose

17. Toot, toot!

Toot, toot, all aboard the shoe-shoe train!

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Toot, toot, all aboard! Source: Instagram / @jessica_and_three

18. Elves and markers don’t mix

Elf on the Shelf LOVES a permanent marker, they’ll draw on everything and anything!

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Fruit vandalism is rife this time of year. Source: Instagram / @jessica_and_three

19. Oh my, how tall you’ve grown

The tallest elves this Christmas come to visit. Wrapping paper rolls and a pair of shoes are all you need to lift your Elf on the Shelf to new heights.

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Look how you’ve grown! Source: Instagram / @lifes_little_rainbows

20. Magic sprinkles – part 1

Part of a two-night Elf on the Shelf scenario, sprinkle the eggs and what could happen?

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Magic sprinkles? Source: Instagram / @jessica_and_three

21. Magic sprinkles – part 2

Magic sprinkles turn eggs into Kinder Surprise eggs! THEY REALLY ARE MAGIC ELVES!

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Oh my! Funny Elf on the Shelf ideas are everywhere! Source: Instagram / @jessica_and_three

Wait, here are 24 more ideas!

It’s true, we have even MORE Elf on the Shelf ideas for you from the Mum Central sleigh! Here are 24 Elf on the Shelf Ideas: a Go-To Cheat Sheet to help you nail your mischievous elf antics.

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We’re not done yet – 24 more ideas for you! Source: Instagram

But look out for these fails

Sometimes staging your Elf on the Shelf can go terribly wrong. Be sure to check out these hilarious Elf on the Shelf fails! From elves catching on fire to becoming the family dog’s favourite new chew thing, there’s a precautionary tale (or 10) to take note of!

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So many tragic tales of Elf on the Shelf fails!

There you have it, 20 funny elf ideas that are all reasonably easy to do just before you go to bed. Just don’t forget!

Do you have a Christmas elf in your family? We’d love to hear what your kids think and if you find it tricky or not. Leave a comment below and let us know your cute, quirky and funny Elf on the Shelf ideas or sneaky secrets!

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South Australian mum and self proclaimed foodie, Lexi can most days be found in the kitchen, apron tied firm and armed with a whisk or wooden spoon!

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