Never-Before-Seen Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Is your Scout Elf a real trendsetter? Then they might be interested in browsing the new Elf on the Shelf ideas for 2018! Featuring fun outfits for the year designed by Mrs. Claus, innovative new elf tools and creative spins on some old favorites, this post has all the newest elf ideas for the season ahead!

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Never-Before-Seen Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Superhero Surprise

Never-Before-Seen Elf on the Shelf Ideas

When she slips into her superhero costume, this Scout Elf can do more than jump over a building in a single bound. She can fly over an entire cityscape in a dazzling display of girl power!

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. Your Scout Elf will create a work of art on the bathroom mirror—a city scene—using dry erase markers.
  2. Your elf will print the Superhero Surprise printable and cut out “Whoosh” and “Pow” to attach to the mirror with tape.
  3. Then your elf will slip into the Claus Couture Collection® Scout Elf Superhero Girl and take flight using the Holiday Harness.

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Never-Before-Seen Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Special Treat Transport

Never-Before-Seen Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Scout Elves are known for their ingenuity! Using a special balloon and cable to pull off a remarkable engineering feat, your Scout Elf is set to transfer treats from one spot to another in the kitchen.

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. First, your Scout Elf will construct a balloon and basket using Scout Elves at Play® Peppermint Balloon Ride.
  2. Next, your elf will suspend the balloon by threading Candy Cane Cable through the loop at the top of the balloon.
  3. Now, the fun part begins! Your elf will create a pulley by threading cable through the hot chocolate packs placed in the basket.

Peppermint Balloon Ride

Never-Before-Seen Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Elf Pets® Breakfast Party

Never-Before-Seen Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Materials:

  • Your elf’s favorite pancake batter, mixes and prepared according to package or recipe directions
  • Seedless red grapes
  • Raspberries
  • Your elf’s favorite whipped cream
  • Chocolate chips
  • Kiwi slices

Instructions for the reindeer pancake:

  1. For the reindeer face, your elf will whip up one pancake about 4 inches in diameter and another about 2 inches in diameter plus two spherical shapes for the ears and six elongated shapes for the antlers.
  2. As shown in the picture, your elf will assemble the pancake pieces to form a reindeer head and use chocolate chips for the mouth, a grape for the nose and a dollop of whipped cream topped with one chocolate chip for the eye.
  3. Finally, your elf will leave out the pancakes for you to enjoy with your Elf Pets® Reindeer!

Instructions for the Saint Bernard pancake:

  1. For the Saint Bernard face, your elf will whip up one pancake about 4 inches in diameter and another about 2 inches in diameter plus two spherical shapes for the ears.
  2. As shown in the picture, your elf will assemble the pancake pieces to form a Saint Bernard head and use grapes for the eyes and nose, chocolate chips for the mouth and a raspberry for the tongue.
  3. Finally, your elf will leave out the pancakes for you to enjoy with your Elf Pets® Saint Bernard!

Optional decoration: To add a cheery touch to every plate, your elf will top kiwi slices with raspberries.

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Never-Before-Seen Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Bubblegum Fun

Never-Before-Seen Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Anybody can walk and chew gum. But your elf has a super-size talent: they can blow a bubble that’s more than half their size!

Materials:

  • Wrapped bubblegum pieces
  • Pink balloon
  • Tape

Instructions:

  1. First, your elf will pull out a few bubblegum pieces.
  2. Next, they will find a place to sit and blow a bubble using the pink balloon.
Never-Before-Seen Elf on the Shelf Ideas

North Pole Film Fest

Never-Before-Seen Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Your Scout Elf and North Pole pals will take a well-deserved break from seasonal duties by kicking back for holiday entertainment. That includes the thrill of watching the new Elf Pets® animated special Santa’s St. Bernards Save Christmas on an elf-size screen, which includes six interchangeable scenes.

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. First, your Scout Elf will prepare for snuggly moments by setting up the mini TV screen, elf-size chair and popcorn buckets from Claus Couture Collection® Merry Movie Night.
  2. Next, your elf will make sure their pal gets comfy using the wraparound sleeping bag and mini felt bear from the Claus Couture Collection® Scout Elf Slumber Set.
  3. Finally, your elf will slip into their special Elf Pets® T-shirt and invite friends to gather around to watch the enchanting special.
Never-Before-Seen Elf on the Shelf Ideas

North Pole Disappearing Act

Never-Before-Seen Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Your Scout Elf invited a North Pole friend to visit your home, but where did he go? Quick—check for clues in the dish!

Materials:

  • Googly eyes
  • Carrot nose
  • Twig arms
  • Dish

Instructions:

  1. Your Scout Elf will leave clues to the identity of the North Pole friend who melted by arranging googly eyes, a carrot nose and twig arms in a dish.
Never-Before-Seen Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Scout Elf Superhero

Never-Before-Seen Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Everyone loves a parade, especially North Pole friends. Your Scout Elf and their Elf Pets® will stage a parade of their own in your family’s home.

Materials:

  • Green balloon
  • Scissors
  • Candy Cane Cable from Scout Elves at Play®
  • Brown construction paper
  • White construction paper
  • Painter’s tape
  • Low-tack decorative tape from Scout Elves at Play® Stick Quick or other decorative sticky tape
  • White balloon
  • Green construction paper
  • Pink construction paper

Instructions for reindeer balloon:

  1. First, your elf will inflate a green balloon, tie it off with a knot, and then tie Candy Cane Cable around the balloon knot and secure tightly.
  2. Next, your elf will cut brown construction paper in a circular shape for the nose and two spherical shapes for the reindeer ears. For the eyes, your elf will cut white construction paper in two small circles and brown construction paper in two smaller circles.
  3. Your elf will attach each eye (small brown circle on white circle) and the nose using painter’s tape.
  4. Finally, your elf will attach the balloon to the wall using painter’s tape; for antlers, your elf will tear off pieces of low-tack decorative tape and attach to the wall just above the ears.

Instructions for Saint Bernard balloon:

  1. First, your elf will inflate a white balloon, tie it off with a knot, and then tie Candy Cane Cable around the balloon knot and secure tightly.
  2. Next, your elf will cut brown construction paper in a circular shape for the nose; cut green construction paper in the shape of two floppy ears; and cut pink construction paper in the shape of a tongue. For the eyes, your elf will cut white construction paper in two small circles and brown construction paper in two smaller circles.
  3. Your elf will attach each eye (small brown circle on top of white circle), the nose and tongue using painter’s tape.
  4. Finally, your elf will attach the balloon to the wall using painter’s tape.

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Never-Before-Seen Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Rainbow Ball Pit

Never-Before-Seen Elf on the Shelf Ideas

This elf escapade in a ball pit will bring your family loads of laughter!

Materials:

  • Clear glass container
  • Jelly beans, yarn pom-poms or gumballs
  • Scout Elf Message Card and stand from Scout Elves at Play®
  • Dry-erase marker

Instructions:

  1. First, your elf will grab a glass container and fill it with jelly beans, yarn pom-poms or gumballs to create a ball pit.
  2. Next, your elf will write a note on the Scout Elf Message Card and prop it on the stand.
  3. Finally, your elf will jump into the ball pit and strike a pose.
Never-Before-Seen Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Growth Chart

Never-Before-Seen Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Your Scout Elf loves to kid around. They’ll have fun creating a growth chart and “growing” taller by stacking and standing on gift boxes. Elf Pets® friends can get into the act, too, by lining up to get measured. And remember—your Scout Elf’s Christmas cheer and love are always growing!

Materials:

Instructions:

Here comes a sleigh—but it’s not Santa’s! Your Scout Elf will make Christmas come early by:

  1. Your Scout Elf will tear off strips of low-tack decorative tape.
  2. Next, they will attach the tape to the wall in even increments to make a colorful growth chart.
  3. Finally, they will pose on stacked gift boxes to appear as if

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Never-Before-Seen Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Time for a Treat

Never-Before-Seen Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Is your family ready to watch your Scout Elf rock around the clock when it comes to calling the hour for treat time? Place 12 of your family’s favorite cookies on a flat surface such as the kitchen countertop or table. When your elf returns from their nightly visit to Santa, they will strike a pose in the center of the cookie circle, mimicking the hands of a clock to indicate snack time. Repeat performances are possible—your family can vary the treats, and your elf can change the “hands” of the clock day after day!

Never-Before-Seen Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Scout Elf Zipline

Never-Before-Seen Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Just dropping in to say hello! With a little Candy Cane Cable, the Holiday Hook and a big bulls-eye, your Scout Elf can zip in to see you this holiday season!

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will start by crafting a bulls-eye using white paper and a red marker and taping it down to a flat surface. (Helpful hint: your elf will likely pick a spot in between two walls or sturdy objects they can tie their zipline to.)
  2. Next, your Scout Elf will secure a piece of Candy Cane Cable or string to two nearby objects to run their zipline above the bulls-eye.
  3. Your elf will grab the Holiday Hook from Scout Elves at Play and hook it to the line to come ziplining in for a landing!

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Never-Before-Seen Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Holiday Elf-ercise

Never-Before-Seen Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Now that your elf is back, they can stay in shape for the season ahead by including yoga in their exercise routine. Poses give them the agility to scale steep heights and keep their balance during daring stunts. The forward fold is one of your elf’s favorites; it preps them to reach for the most faraway candy bowl on the counter.

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. Your Scout Elf will print and cut out the 12-Minute Holiday Elf-ercise printable.
  2. Next, your elf will hang or prop it up for a quick workout that keeps them fit.

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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!