Count Down to Christmas with These 12 Elf Ideas!

Just like you, your Scout Elf is counting down the days to Christmas Eve, and with the help of this handy ideas planner, creating their final surprises of the season will be a breeze! Check out some of their favorite end-of-season elf ideas below, and wait to see if your elf recreates any of these ideas if your home. If your elf gets started tomorrow, they'll have 12 fun elf ideas to finish out the season!

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12 Days of Christmas

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Materials:

  • Small gift boxes
  • Gift bags
  • Candy, gifts, notes and other items to pack into each box or bag
  • Wrapping supplies
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Instructions:

  1. Your Scout Elf can’t wait for Christmas, and wants to help you count down the days to the special occasion! Your elf will start by packing gift boxes and bags with special treats they’d like you to find, such as candy, small gifts and notes.
  2. Next, your elf will wrap each box and tie up each bag.
  3. On a piece of paper, your elf will write down the numbers 1–12 on a piece of paper and cut them out—one marking each day leading up to Christmas!
  4. Using tape, your elf will attach a number to each of the gift boxes and treat bags for you to open as you count the days to Christmas.
  5. Finally, your elf will sit nearby and wait to surprise you with this awesome advent activity.
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Balloon Scavenger Hunt Surprise

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Materials:

  • Helium balloons
  • String/ribbon
  • Paper
  • Markers
  • Treats/gifts

Instructions:

  1. Your Scout Elf plans to send you searching on a sweet scavenger hunt around the house! To start, your elf will gather helium balloons.
  2. Next, your elf will write clues and tape one to each of the balloons that will lead your family to a hidden treat! (Helpful hint for elves: you can label the balloons by date, or by family member for even more fun!)
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On the Road Again!

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Your elf will love the thrill of the open road and frosty nip in the air when they hop on this sporty ride!

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. First, your Scout Elf will pop out and snap together the puzzle-like pieces of the Scout Elves at Play® Orna-Moments Christmas Scooter.
  2. For a cool look while keeping warm, your elf will wear the aviator jacket from the Flurry Flight Jacket Claus Couture, plus the brown aviator glasses for eye protection.
  3. Finally, your elf will create a colorful motorcycle helmet by tearing off a strip of low-tack decorative tape and attaching it to half of a plastic Easter egg.
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Ribbon Rock Climb

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Who’s the champ when it comes to scaling a sheer-face surface? Your Scout Elf, of course! They love designing intricate climbing courses, too.

Materials:

  • Assortment of self-adhesive gift bows
  • Self-adhesive tape
  • Holiday Harness and other climbing tools from Scout Elves at Play®

Instructions:

  1. First, your elf will attach a variety of colorful bows to cabinets using
  2. Next, your elf will put on the Holiday Harness.
  3. Finally, your elf will ascend the mirror using the ribbons as toeholds.
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Snowy Pretzel Treats

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Mrs. Claus’ exclusive designs for Claus Couture often inspire artistic expression in Scout Elves. These snowflake goodies are just as pretty and tasteful as the design on the Snowflake Skirt & Scarf Claus Couture.

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will line a baking sheet with wax paper.
  2. Next, your elf will dip pretzels, one pretzel at a time in the chocolate (letting the excess drip into the bowl), and will arrange them in a snowflake pattern on wax paper on a baking sheet.
  3. Then your elf will sprinkle each snowflake with blue decorator sugar and refrigerate for 2 hours or until candy coating is firm.
  4. Finally, your elf will leave a note on the Scout Elf Message Card.
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Holiday To-Do List

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Your Scout Elf is brimming with clever ideas for family activities and good deeds to do before, during and after their visit. What’s more, they turn a conventional to-do list into a festive organizer system to be enjoyed by all!

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. First your elf will decorate an elf-size bucket by gluing ribbon around the rim and embellishing it with low-tack decorative tape.
  2. Next, your elf will print and cut out to-dos.
  3. Finally, your elf will tuck the to-dos in the bucket and position it in a handy location.
  4. Time for fun! Each day, a member of your family will draw a daily activity from the bucket of to-dos.

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Merry Mini Shrinking Machine

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Did you know your Scout Elf is a genius inventor, thanks to elf-size magic? Yes, they have created a special machine to reduce cookies to the perfect elf size! Before your family goes to bed, place a variety of colorful cookies on a decorative plate. The next morning, you’ll discover the wonder of Scout Elf innovation—cookies magically transformed to miniature bite sizes.

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will print and cut out the Merry Mini Shrinking Machine printable and fold along all score lines.
  2. Next, your elf will fold over flap A and align with the opposite striped side to form a cube.
  3. Your elf will fold in flaps B, C, D and E.
  4. To complete the cube, your elf will fold in flaps F and G, securing with tape, and will then fold in flaps H and I, securing with tape.
  5. Your elf will create a conveyor belt by tearing off and attaching low-tack decorative tape on either side of the machine.
  6. Now, the machine is ready to start production! As finishing touches, your elf will place large cookies on the left of the machine and elf-size cookies to the right. Helpful hint: mini-size versions of conventionally sized cookies are readily available on store shelves.

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Handy Christmas Tree Card

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Hands down—this Christmas card will be one of your favorite crafts to share with the kids in your family! Best of all, it’s easy, according to the note left by your elf. Just trace your child’s hand several times on green construction paper, and then cut out and glue the handprints facing downward on white construction paper. You can embellish the Christmas tree with yarn pom-poms and a yellow construction-paper star. Leave out materials for your elf so they can join in the fun by crafting their own miniature card!

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Festive Speedway Race

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Get ready to cheer! Your Scout Elf and all their special pals are eager to compete in an action-packed race in your home. The amazing lineup features all sorts of clever rides—plus everything needed to create an eye-catching racetrack and festive finish line.

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. First, your elf will outline a speedway using low-tack decorative tape from Scout Elves at Play® Stick Quick.
  2. Next, your elf will pop out the Wintry Welcome Sign, Good Tidings Train and checkered flag crafts from Scout Elves at Play® Stick Quick. Your elf will follow the instructions in the booklet to finish these crafts.
  3. To create the perfect rides for the race, your elf will pop out and assemble the puzzle-like pieces from Scout Elves at Play® Orna-Moments Christmas Scooter, Snow Day Sled, Wintry Wagon and Rockin’ Reindeer.
  4. Finally, your elf and their friends will jump on their favorite rides—excited to find out who will finish first!
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Christmas Eve Box

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Your Scout Elf loves surprising you with gifts, and this Christmas Eve Box is the perfect way to end the season on a high note! After grabbing the box, your elf will use their creativity to design a themed box they know your child will love, such as a movie night box, art box or Christmas Eve activity box to wish you a merry Christmas Eve and year ahead!

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Back at the Reindeer Corral

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Before leaping on their reindeer for a competitive dash through the snow, Scout Elves make sure they are well rested, brushed and fed at the North Pole corral made of pretzel sticks.

Materials:

Instructions:

Making the front of the fence:

  1. To make the fence posts, your elf will cut down six pretzel rods to 6 inches in length.
  2. Your elf will lay two 6-inch rods vertically parallel to each other (5 inches apart). Then they will lay two uncut rods horizontally on the vertically placed rods (3 inches apart) to form a hashtag shape.
  3. Your elf will attach the rods by gluing them at the four connecting points to complete the hashtag shape and let them dry completely.

Making the left sections (two) and right sections (two) of the fence:

  1. Your elf will set out three pretzel rods for each side section: one 6-inch rod and two rods in the original length.
  2. To make the first section, your elf will lay one 6-inch rod down (vertically) on the table.
  3. Next, your elf will lay two rods 3 inches apart (horizontally) on top of the vertically placed rod, forming a half hashtag shape.
  4. Your elf will glue the rods in place at the connecting points and let dry.
  5. Your elf will repeat steps 1–4 three times to create the remaining side sections.

Assembling the fence in a U shape:

  1. Your elf will gather all the fence sections and set them aside.
  2. Your elf will fully stand a half hashtag section to the left side of the completed hashtag shape.
  3. Your elf will place the open (horizontal) rods of the half hashtag shape under the already glued horizontal rods of the first completed hashtag shape, making sure they are angled enough to form a u-shape on completion of the corral.
  4. To connect the two sections, your elf will glue the rods at the connecting points and let them dry completely.
  5. To add a section to the right side of the completed hashtag shape, your elf will repeat steps 2–4.
  6. Almost finished! Your elf has only two half hashtag shapes to add. Your elf will place the open (horizontal) rods of an open hashtag shape under the already glued horizontal pretzel rods on the left section.
  7. Your elf will glue the rods together at the connecting points and let them dry completely.
  8. Your elf will repeat this step, attaching the final section on the right side of the fence.

Assembling the fence in a U shape:

  1. Once the fence has dried completely, your elf will grab Candy Cane Cable and cut it into 10 6-inch lengths.
  2. To make the fence festive, your elf will wrap one length of Candy Cane Cable around every connecting point of the fence.
  3. Finally, the pretzel fence is ready for use by Elf Pets® Reindeer and Elves at Play® Orna-Moments Rockin’ Reindeer!
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Sweet Wreath

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Is every wreath created to hang on a door? Not necessarily. For an early a.m. surprise for her family, this Scout Elf created a pretty, taste-tempting wreath made of colorful fruit! It’s a simple, no-fuss recipe Scout Elves love preparing.

For other easy ideas, check out Scout Elves at Play®!

For daily inspiration, download the Ideas for Scout Elves app.

Before you or your elf get to work recreating any of these inspirational photos, be sure to read these safety warnings. Santa wants to make sure everyone stays safe!