Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Knock knock. Who’s there? It’s your Scout Elf, with some super amusing antics sure to make you smile! These ideas show off your elf’s playfulness, and their flair for the funny. Check out the photos below and laugh along as your elf produces some ideas that will totally tickle your funny bone!

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Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas - The Elf on the Shelf

Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas - The Elf on the Shelf

Materials:

Instructions:

Your Scout Elf is ready to go dashing through the snow dressed just like the big man in red! To pull off this funny imitation, your elf will:

  1. Assemble the Scout Elf Sleigh and Good Tidings Gift Boxes from Scout Elves at Play® Paper Crafts and set them beside each other.
  2. Hook their sleigh to the Elf Pets® Reindeer.
  3. Put on the beard prop from Scout Elves at Play® Paper Crafts.
  4. Hop inside to go for a sleigh ride!
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Get Me Out of Here!

Get Me Out of Here! Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Get Me Out of Here! Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Materials:

  • Picture frame
  • Copier or camera
  • Color printer
  • Paper
  • Scissors

Instructions:

Oh my, it looks like your Scout Elf is stuck in the picture frame! To create this silly surprise, your elf will use a copier to scan himself or herself (your elf could also press themselves up against a window and take a picture if a copier is unavailable). After cutting out the image, your Scout Elf will put their picture in one of your frames and sit nearby to watch you discover their funny photo!

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Freshest OJ Around

Freshest OJ Around - Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Freshest OJ Around - Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Materials:

  • Silly Straws
  • Oranges
  • Knife

Instructions:

Your Scout Elf just couldn’t help it—they had to have a sip of the freshest orange juice around! Before they start sipping, your Scout Elf will use a knife or other sharp object to puncture the skin of the orange. Then, your elf will carefully slide a silly straw in the hole to get to the yummy juice in the middle of the orange. Go ahead, have a sip!

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Ha Ha Holiday Costumes

Ha Ha Holiday Costumes - Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Ha Ha Holiday Costumes - Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Materials:

  • Claus Couture Collection® Clothing: Ha Ha Holiday Costumes

Instructions:

It’s a candy cane! It’s a Christmas tree! No, it’s a Scout Elf! To give you a good laugh, your Scout Elf will don one of the Ha Ha Holiday Costumes and dress up as a Candy Cane or Christmas tree. Then, they’ll be sure to pick a spot where you’re sure to see their giggle-worthy get-up.

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Pin the Nose on the Snowman

Pin the Nose on the Snowman - Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Pin the Nose on the Snowman - Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Materials:

  • Paper
  • Markers
  • Painter's tape
  • Cloth
  • Orange construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Scout Elves at Play® Tools: Holiday Harness (also pictured: Merry Message Cube)

Instructions:

It’s time for the pin the…nose on the snowman? That’s right! Your Scout Elf will create a funny variation of a favorite party game by:

  1. Drawing a picture of a snowman without a nose.
  2. Using painter’s tape to attach it to a wall.
  3. Cutting mini carrots out of orange construction paper.
  4. Tying a small blindfold around their eyes with a piece of cloth.
  5. Using the Holiday Harness from the Scout Elves at Play® kit to secure themselves to a wall. (Helpful hint: the Holiday Harness works best on slick surfaces such as glass and tile.)
  6. Holding onto a carrot and trying to pin the nose on the snowman!
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Clownin' Around

Clownin' Around - Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Clownin' Around - Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Materials:

  • Red pom-poms
  • Tape

Instructions:

Your silly Scout Elf is at it again! To show off their love of playing jokes and dressing up at the North Pole, your elf will tape small red pom-poms to one of your family photos—and wear their own clown nose! Use your Scout Elf’s set-up as an opportunity to spur some silly fun for your family—like create some knock-knock jokes or put on a funny fashion show!

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Christmas Reflection

Christmas Reflection - Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Christmas Reflection - Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Materials:

  • Dry-erase markers

Instructions:

Scout Elves are always looking for a way to put a smile on your face…sometimes literally! Your scout elf will gather some dry erase markers and draw a funny picture on the mirror in your bathroom—like reindeer antlers and a ruby red nose, or an elf hat and collar! Finally, your elf will write a fun message asking you to check out your new reflection!

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Marsh-“mellow”

Marshmellow - Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Marshmellow - Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Materials:

  • Mini marshmallows
  • Bowl
  • Paper
  • Pen

Instructions:

  1. That long return flight from the North Pole sure made your Scout Elf tired! For their first order of business in your home, your elf will gather mini marshmallows to set up a place to regain energy.
  2. Next, your elf will place the marshmallows in a bowl.
  3. Finally, your elf will climb inside and write a note to let you know that they’re “marsh-mellowing” out!
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Cinema Snooze

Cinema Snooze - Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas - The Elf on the Shelf

Cinema Snooze - Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas - The Elf on the Shelf

Materials:

  • Popcorn bucket
  • Popcorn
  • Remote
  • White paper
  • Red construction paper
  • Blue construction paper
  • Tape

Instructions:

Lights, camera, naptime! Your Scout Elf set up the perfect movie night, but before they knew it, they fell asleep right in the popcorn bucket! To complete this silly cinema snooze scene, your Scout Elf will:

  1. Make their own 3D glasses by cutting a small pair of shades out of white paper and taping one rectangle of blue construction paper over one eye piece and one red paper rectangle over the other eye piece.
  2. Tip over the bucket of popcorn.
  3. Crawl inside to take a snooze with the remote nearby.
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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!