Shake Up Your Holiday Traditions With These 36 Creative Elf on the Shelf Ideas

The Elf on the Shelf is one of our favorite fun holiday traditions, but doing the same thing every year can get kind of boring. Fortunately for us, there are tons of creative minds who come up with the cutest ideas for Elf on the Shelf, then share their adorable setups on social media! From playful twists on the classic poses to totally unique ideas, Instagram is packed with inspiration for making this year's Elf on the Shelf the cutest and most creative one you've ever done. As you plan out the antics of your home's elf for this year, take a look at some of these creative and funny ideas to get some inspiration!

Taco Tuesday

Baking Assistant

Unwanted Hairstylist

Pizza Party Time

The Floor Is Lava

Candy Crush Elves

Snowy Skiing

Workout Elf With Snowman Trainer

Gone Fishin'

Elves on the Ceiling

Ribbon Rock Climbing

Not Quite What We Mean by "Flossing"

Gymnast Elves

Toy Story 2 With a Holiday Twist

Elves Need Gym Time Too

Cute Cabin Scene

Use the Force, Elves!

Camping Elves

The Artist at Work

Circuit Training With the Elves

Elf Takes a Nap

Even Elves Need to Do Some Shopping

Pool Table Elves

Starbucks Christmas Magic

Silly Pirate Elf


Making a Grocery List, Checking It Twice

Snowman Fail

A Weather-Proof Snowman

Making "Snow" Angels

Splish Splash in the Bath!