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Straight From the North Pole: 66 Places to Put Your Elf on the Shelf

Dec 22 2015 - 7:10am

Kids are crazy for Elf on the Shelf [1], but for parents it can be equal parts fun and formidable. Who hasn't spaced out about moving the elf one night only to be met with questions from prying tots in the morning? (One mom recently confessed that she told her kids they were too naughty that day for their elf to make the trip back to the North Pole.)

Even if you do remember, in the middle of such a hectic time, it can be almost impossible to think of a new creative spot [2] to put the lil watcher every single night! But help is here: let these 66 pics we found around the web inspire where your elf will wake up tomorrow morning! Have a great idea you'd like to add? Tag #popsugarmoms on Instagram [3], and we'll check it out!

Bubble Gum Trouble

Instagram user jennycookies' [4] elves snuck into her daughter's (awesome) vintage gumball machine.

Source: Instagram user jennycookies [5]

Mashmallow Excavator

Instagram user michelebell's [6] elf went to work excavating marshmallows.

Source: Instagram user michelebell [7]

Little Drummer Boy

Instagram user lizbrownlee's [8] elf showed off a hidden talent: drumming!

Source: Instagram user lizbrownlee [9]

Advent Overload

Instagram's jennycookies' [10] elf went a little crazy with his advent calendar.

Source: Instagram user jennycookies [11]

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Instagram's alfieontheshelf's [12] elf went up, up, and away!

Snowflake Crafts

Instagram user jordynns_mommy23 [13] had her elf get crafty with paper snowflakes, which she hung outside of her bedroom door.

Source: Instagram user jordynns_mommy23 [14]

Elf Strike!

Instagram user alfieontheshelf [15] had her elf play with bowling pins!

All I Want For Christmas

It was holiday shopping time for Instagram user jennycookies' [16] elves, who circled some of their favorite things.

Source: Instagram user jennycookies [17]

Elf Treats

Instagram user jordynns_mommy23's [18] elf made some Rice Krispies Treats, and added himself to the cereal box.

Source: Instagram user jordynns_mommy23 [19]

Tanning Time

It was time to relax by the pool (or bathtub) for Instagram user jordynns_mommy23's [20] elves.

Source: Instagram user jordynns_mommy23 [21]

Marshmallow Bath

Instagram user michelebell's [22] elf took a stove-top soak in marshmallows.

Source: Instagram user michelebell [23]

Shark Attack

Instagram user lizbronwlee's [24] elf had a run in with a creature from the deep.

Source: Instagram user lizbrownlee [25]

Elf Photo Shoot

Instagram user jordynns_mommy23's [26] elves set up a photo shoot iwth some of her favorite stuffed toys and dolls.

Source: Instagram user jordynns_mommy23 [27]

What Does the Elf Say?

Instagram user michelebell [28] comes up with some incredibly inventive elf ideas, including this ode to "What Does the Fox Say?"

Cake Popping

Scout Masterson's elf [29] (one half of the Guncles [30]) got ambitious with some mini cake pops.

Source: Instagram user scoutmasterson [31]

Jewelry Heist

Intagram user alfieontheshelf [32] elf went on a jewelry heist.

Donut Thief

Instagram user dankellermtg's [33] elves plotted to steal some Christmas donuts.

Source: Instagram user dankellermtg [34]

Game Day

Instagram's alfieontheshelf [35] suited up her elf Alfie for college game day.

Warming by the Fireside

Instagram user qdpatooties [36] made a cozy fireside setup for her elf.

Source: Instagram user qdpatooties [37]

Making a Map

Instagram user jennycookies [38] had her elves Buddy and Snowflake draw a map from the North Pole to their family's farmhouse. Of course, they had to pass through a candy cane forest and a sea of gumdrops!

Source: Instagram user jennycookies [39]

Elf Kissing Booth

Living Locurto's printable elf kissing booth [40] is sure to make your little ones pucker up!

Source: Living Locurto [41]

S'more Sweatshop

Instagram user Michele Bell [42] crafted a "s'more sweatshop," with her elf as the ringleader.

Source: Instagram user michelebell [43]

A Door of His Own

The elf belonging to Flickr user Melissa Hillier [44] got his own little door to decorate for the holidays.

Source: Flickr User Melissa Hillier [45]

Stuck in the Blender

Instagram user deee_ski [46] put her elf in a very precarious position, thanks to some toy villains.

Source: Instagram user deee_ski [47]

Making a List

Instagram's kyram_007 [48] had her family's elf make a sugar-filled shopping list.

Source: Instagram user kyram_007 [49]

A Fruity Ride

Instagram user goatgal1982 [50] had her elf ride on a caterpillar made of pomegranates. We're thinking oranges or apples would work, too!

Source: Instagram user goatgal1982 [51]

Sick Day

Instagram user tmpark73's [52] elf had to take a sick day after catching a cold on the trip back from the North Pole.

Source: Instagram user tmpark73 [53]

Snow Angel Elf

Flickr user beatrice.killam [54] posted this cute pic. Easy, clever, and guaranteed to induce squeals from your little ones.

Source: Flickr user beatrice.killam [55]

Special Delivery!

Instagram user jennyanyway [56] took this sweet picture of her elf. Just imagine your kids' squeals when you tell them to go check the mail!

Source: Instagram user jennyanyway [57]

Self Portrait

Instagram user emi_sky_love [58] had her elf make a self portrait with crayons.

Source: Instagram user emi_sky_love [59]

Elves at Work

Instagram user jennycookies's [60] elves were busy baking.

Source: Instagram user jennycookies [61]

Brush Those Teeth

Instagram user xo_christine_ [62] used her elf to remind her kids to brush their teeth!

Source: Instagram user xo_christine_ [63]

Party Time!

Instagram's pearlsnpreschool [64] celebrated her elf's arrival with a party complete with confetti and a donut cake.

Source: Instagram user pearlsnpreschool [65]

Dinosaur Wrangling

Instagram's nicolefryer [66] let her elf go for a wild ride!

Source: Instagram user nicolefryer [67]

It's a Hold Up!

Instagram user nessarogers1981's [68] elf found himself in a precarious situation, thanks to an army of little men.

Source: Instagram user nessarogers1981 [69]

Long Winter's Nap

Instragram's insta_xmas_elves_ideas [70] gave an elf a cozy place to curl up for a nap — and a tiger toy to cuddle.

Source: Instagram user insta_xmas_elves_ideas [71]

The Countdown Is Over!

Instagram user myselfanddi [72] posted this picture, a cute way to cap off your elf's Christmas stay.

Source: Instagram user myselfanddi [73]

Dr. Elf

Instagram's lizbrownlee [74] put her elf to work, giving some medical attention to Cookie Monster.

Source: Instagram user lizbrownlee [75]

Petite Pancakes, Please

Instagram user tally_baby [76] made her elf a plate of tiny pancakes. Yum!

Source: Instagram user tally_baby [77]

Getting in a Workout

Instragram's insta_xmas_elves_ideas [78] gave an elf a marshmallow barbell workout.

Source: Instagram user insta_xmas_elves_ideas [79]

Be Good!

Instagram user colleens_aforkandacork [80] had her elf spell out an important message with Rice Krispies.

Source: Instagram user colleens_aforkandacork [81]


Instagram user ehamman [82] made a mini scrapbook of her kids and let her elf get the first look.

Source: Instagram user ehammann [83]

Facebook Love

Instagram's lishajae616 [84] let her elf do a little self searching on Facebook.

Source: Instagram user lishajae616 [85]

Holiday Decorating

Instagram user jennycookies [86] thought her elf might enjoy redecorating her daughter's dollhouse one night.

Source: Instagram user jennycookies [87]

Copy This

Instagram's roxygurl00 [88] let her elf get into a little trouble with the copier.

Source: Instagram user jennycookies [89]

Hanging With the Stars

Instagram user overtiredmommy [90] (aren't we all?!) had her elf take a trip through the stars.

Source: Instagram user overtiredmommy [91]

Game Day!

Your elf can show his non-Christmas colors and support your favorite team on game day, like Twitter user @callmemrscounsins [92].

Source: Twitter user callmemrscounsins [93]

Toilet-Papered Tree

Instagram's brittblumey [94] let her elf get in a little toilet-paper trouble in her tree.

Source: Instagram user brittblumey [95]

Elves Intersect

Instagram's jordynns_mommy23 [96] introduced her elf to another famous Santa's helper.

Source: Instagram user jordynns_mommy23 [97]

Whipping Up Some Waffles

Instagram user alfieontheshelf's [98] elf was preparing breakfast for the kiddos overnight.

Candy Craving

Instagram's insta_xmas_elves_ideas [99] decided to go diving for candy.

Source: Instagram user insta_xmas_elves_ideas [100]

In Mom's Purse

Flickr user Venita Norton [101] came up with this clever setup. Surely the elf is reminding mom it's time to do some Christmas shopping?

Source: Flickr User Venita Norton [102]

Naughty Elf

A dry erase marker makes this project, found through Design Dazzle [103], easy and super adorable.

Source: Design Dazzle [104]

Nothing but Net

The sports theme scored two points with Twitter user @misskate92 [105]'s elf.

Source: Twitter user misskate92 [106]

Marshmallow Message

Mini marshmallows spelled out a sweet message for Instagram usertaniesave [107].

Source: Instagram user taniesave [108]

Battling the Flu

When a Winter cold hit her family, alfieontheshelf's [109] elf took to his bed (with some remedies) as well.

Putting the "L" in Noel

Instagram's destiny_mx3 [110] cleverly shaped her elf into a letter "L" to spell out a season's greeting.

The Jenga Jingle

Instagram's rhi-love [111] put her elf in a Jenga box.

Grill Master

Burgers, brats, and corn was the order of the day for Instagram user its syl's [112] elf.

A Christmas Tree Classic

Flickr user tubesox_family [113] went for this classic pose with her elf.

Elf With a Snack

Twitter user@sl_istheshiznit [114] showed her family's elf enjoying a messy meal.

Upside Down Elf

Twitter user @robvescovo [115] put his elf in a classic spot but hung him upside down.

Veggie Stop

Instagram's http://instagram.com/p/SLY-P0K8E2/ [116] implored his children to eat some vegetables.

Source: Instagram user insta_xmas_elves_ideas [117]

A Sleigh Ride For Two

Flickr user southernsharing [118] lets the elf take a sleigh joy ride with Barbie.

Source: Flickr user southernsharing [119]

Mission Impossible?

Flickr user AngryJulieMonday [120] took her elf to the extreme on a zip line.

Source: Flickr user Angry Julie Monday [121]

Let Him Ride

Instagram user amandadawnbrown [122] propped her elf on the back of a very patient pooch.

Source: Instagram user amandadawnbrown [123]

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