Today’s post is brought to you by my friend Shelley. I met Shelley when we lived in Florida because our husbands worked together. She and her husband, Tommy, have three kids who are around the same ages as our kids.
Every year I look forward to seeing Shelley’s Elf on the Shelf, Zippy, in my Facebook feed because she has some great ideas. Ideas I can actually use. I like the idea of the elf being a fun holiday tradition, but I am not the kind of mom who is going to spend an hour hot gluing miniature marshmallows together to build our elf an igloo. Don’t worry, neither is Shelley.
These are not those stupid “Let’s pour glitter everywhere so mom has to clean it up later” ideas, nor are they the “It took me an hour and a half to rig that elf to the vaulted ceiling with fishing twine” ideas that we see all over Pinterest. I’m talking about cute, simple, but creative ideas that average moms like me (moms who are tired at the end of the day and don’t want to spend a bunch of time and energy on an elf) can and
probably maybe will actually do.
Most of these ideas take less than two minutes and don’t make a huge mess. If you are looking for easy Elf on the Shelf ideas, you have come to the right place.
Thank you Shelley!! (And thank you for allowing me to steal all these pictures from your Facebook page.)
Elf playing cards
Elf Reading a book
Elf on a date
Elf in a “snowglobe” (under a glass)
Walking the dog
With just a few (clean) undies in the tree
Fishing (I appreciate that we are just using toys we already have here, not trying to reinvent the wheel-or the fishing rod.)
Just hanging around
“I try to do two things-(1) use stuff the kids have. I don’t go over and beyond-I’ve never bought things just for Zippy. I simply scan the room and grab something that’s laying around. And (2) I try to make some stagings purposeful. For example, when Tony remembered to brush his teeth last year with no reminders (which was a big deal back then) Zippy wrote a “great job” note in toothpaste on the mirror. Tonight they will each be receiving a “progress report” because our younger son has been making some poor choices at school and I’m hoping a note from Santa, reminding him to be good in school, will help straighten him up.“
Thanks again, Shelley!
I can’t wait to see what you do with your elf this year!
(Turns out I didn’t have to wait long. Right after I finished this post, Shelley put this picture up on her Facebook feed.)
Still in the Holiday Spirit?
Check out my tutorials for easy and adorable ornaments and my secret for getting monogrammed, designer stockings for less than ten bucks.