Are you looking for Elf on the Shelf ideas and inspiration?
At the start of December mischievous elves came out to play in homes right across Australia.
In the lead-up to Christmas the Elf on the Shelf is a toy sent to childrens homes to report back to Santa on who has been naughty or nice. While the cheeky little elves have a job to do, it seems they also like getting up to mischief along the way.
But now were two weeks in, some elves might be struggling to come up with new pranks to play on their families.
Take a click through the gallery above to see some of the inspiration shared by our readers so far.
Is there an elf at your house?
Elf takes hostages.
December can be a tricky month. Schools coming to an end, its getting hot outside, school holiday boredom sets in almost immediately and "oh-my-god-theres-so-much-to-do-before-Christmas, Im-busy-go-outside-and-play". Elf to the rescue.
What you need: As many elves as it takes to guard the contraband.
Fart in a jar Elf: the ultimate mystery.
Lets face it, this one has all the elements: mystery, suspense and, most importantly, the most hilarious of all bodily functions (or so kids seem to think). Now this one sounds dangerous and the story is just full of holes, but itll have them chuckling like theres no tomorrow. How did the elf get in there? Why did the elf get in there? Who put the lid on? Why didnt he fart while the lid was still off? So many questions, so little time to answer.
What you need: one elf, one jar, and a note. Bonus points if you can seal in some steamed broccoli fumes. Thatll really get them.
Hot tub party, elf style.
Ignoring the fact its probably 40 degrees outside, apparently elves are cold all year round must be something about being from the north pole. And theyre very busy little critters, so they need a bath. Double-down and make it a hot tub party!
What you need: all the elves youve got, extra family members or guests, a bag of cotton balls, a tiny towel or two and a hotel shampoo.
It wouldnt be the festive season without 100 selfies for you or the kids, so why wouldnt an elf be the same? Set up some great selfies on your mobile device of choice maybe even use a few ridiculous filters and leave with the elf of the house just in time for the kids to find the set-up and marvel at how technologically advanced their elf is.
What you need: as many elves as you want, a tablet, phone or ipod, two reversible sequin cushions (optional).
Guilt trip Elf gets jobs done.
Hey, why not use the elf to your advantage? You know, you can make any old task into a rhyme. Roses are red, violets are blue, be nice to each other or Ill tell Santa on you! is a great start. Christmas is near, the elves are about, please be a dear, and put the bins out has a nice ring to it, too.
What you need: One elf, one mirror, one rhyme and a texta.
Mechanic elf, for those last-minute repairs.
Finally, an elf thats not making a mess or causing havoc. Actually being quite helpful. This right here is a Christmas miracle. Maybe leave it near something thats broken and see if anyone else in the house catches the hint. If not, well, youve still made it through another night of Elf on the Shelf.
What you need: one elf, one toy car/tractor/motorbike, several blocks or something to raise the car on, toy tools. Vegemite for oil stains optional.
Treasure hunt Elf
One elf, hyped-up kids, a bit of sugar and an activity that could keep them occupied for a good couple of hours if you really want to whats not to love? Hide some treats, set up the elf with the note and let the little ones at it while you get stuff done.
What you need: one elf, one note, booty for the treasure hunt (we suggest candy canes).
Elf makes an important announcement
Granted, this one would take some serious effort and wont apply to everyone, but if youve got big news, this could be the way to go about it.
What you need: one elf, a pregnancy test and somewhere comfortable for the elf to lay their head. Maybe a support team as well.
Elf makes some new fruity friends.
Bello. Luk at tu! Tulaliloo ti amo. Bee do bee do bee do. Minionese, huh? Turns out these tricky elves can be good pals with the hilarious homemade minions hiding in the fruit bowl.
What you need: one elf, bananas, a texta and a true love of Minions.
Rave Elf and friends.
Nothing says Christmas spirit like spending time with friends and family with music in the background. Rig up a box, hang some lights and invite all the elfs friends around for some celebrations.
What you need: One elf, several friends, small cardboard box, some string, fairy lights, texta. Run a sweet Spotify playlist through an ipod for bonus points.
How the heck did you get in there Elf.
This one baffled us, but after a bit of research, were confident its possible.
What you need: one elf, one large balloon (might as well get a whole packet, just in case) and a fair bit of patience. Blow the balloon up and slowly let out the air a couple of times, fold the elf in half, work the balloon around it, then blow the balloon up again and tie off. Clear as mud? Heres a guide.
Christmas Eve Elf – it’s almost over
Well, really, Christmas Eve is a Sunday, but you get the drift. After a hectic few weeks of planning, purchasing, hiding, hiding again, re-hiding, wrapping and placing under the tree, youve earned it. And so has the elf, who has somehow kept everyone on their toes for the last 23 days.
What you need: As many elves as you like (no one likes to party alone), 12 small cups, two ping pong balls, one sign and a ready-to-party attitude. Tell the others its BYO.
And of course, if you just can’t keep going, there’s always this.
What you need: One elf, a tissue or two, electrical tape and a texta. Glass of celebratory wine is optional.