18 Adorable Elf on the Shelf Ideas You Need to Copy
Will your elf be naughty or nice this year?
The official elf return week is November 25 - December 2, and after only six days of coming up with fun and unique elf-approved decorating ideas, it’s very possible you're already feeling a little burnt out. But you still have weeks left until Christmas. That’s why I’ve scoured Instagram for a few of my favorite ideas that you (and your kids) will love.
1: The Stealth Elf
2: Elsa's Elf Revenge
3: Under-the-Weather Elf
4: The Lover
5: The Fighter
6: The Entrepeneur Elf
7: The Selfie Elfie
8: The Doctor Is In
9: The Artist
10: Public Enemy No. 1
11: The Playboy
12: Snuggly Buddy
13: Ride-or-Die Elf
14: Toys' Night In
15: WWE: World Wrestling Elves
16: The Bad Boy
17: Mischief Maker
18: Hotline Bling (aka Drizzy the Elf)
Put a new spin on classic holiday candy with a starlight mint serving tray. To create, simply lay peppermints side-by-side on a cookie sheet then stick into a warm oven until the mints have evenly melted. Remove the pan from the oven and set aside to allow the candy to fully cool. Once dry, the shiny, slick surface is perfect for laying out cheese and crackers or for holding cocktails.
Take It From the Top
Add midcentury-modern flair to your tree with a Sputnik-inspired tree topper. All you need are our complete instructions (below), wooden dowels, a foam floral sphere and spray paint.
Merry, Merry Menswear
Menswear stockings are a great way to add a tailored touch to your holiday decor. To get the look, try a no-sew approach using iron-on adhesive tape, scissors and old sweaters or dress shirts. Those less likely to tackle this as a project can drop old shirts and sweaters off at their local dry cleaner or seamstress and have it done for a low cost.
Joy to the Map of the World
Go the extra mile this holiday season with your gift wrap. Instead of grabbing a roll of seasonal paper, use an old road or travel map. For a personal touch, center the most significant city, country or continent on top of the box as a nod to your loved one's favorite vacation destination or hometown.
Tannenbaum With a Twist
Add midcentury-modern flair to your home with a geometric tree mobile that's affordable and easy to make. To create, grab some green poster board, twine and scissors. Cut concentric triangles out of the poster board then string them together. This is a great alternative for small space- or apartment-dwellers who don't have enough room for a true tree; they can just hang the mobile in a corner or above a table, then stack gifts below.
Hit the Jackpot With a Kitschy Wreath
Get creative to craft an out-of-the-ordinary wreath that's sure to be the talk of the neighborhood. Cover a foam wreath form with layers of playing cards, adding mounting tape between each layer for a three-dimensional effect. For added color, attach red and green poker chips in one corner to resemble a sprig of holly.
Go Streamlined and Sculptural
Create a modern, minimal interpretation of a Christmas tree with all-purpose wire from the hardware store. Simply wrap the wire around a foam floral cone as tightly or loosely as desired. Slide out the cone and — kazam! — instant tree sculptures. Group several together for a quick and easy centerpiece for your dining table, mantel or foyer.
Ring Around the Cocktail
Put last year's holiday cards to good use as this year's cocktail markers. Use scissors to cut circular shapes from cards, concentrating on areas with lots of color or an attractive design element, then cut a small hole in the middle for the glass's stem and a slit so guests can easily slide the markers on and off. Vary the markers' colors and patterns so guests can easily tell which glass is theirs.
Clothespins + Paint = Beautiful Snowflakes
In just a few steps, turn wooden clothespins into oversized snowflake tree ornaments. This is a great project for older children to tackle on their own or for small kids with a little help from a crafty adult.