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Super Quick and Easy Elf on the Shelf ideas

It is time for the arrival of the Elf on the Shelf and all the fun an antics they get up to over Christmas. Although there are lots of props available, there will still be occasions when you need a super quick and easy elf on the shelf ideas. You might have forgotten and left it to the last minute or just used up all your props and current ideas. So let me help you with our guide to the simplest DIY Elf on the Shelf ideas, that you can do at home without using ANY props! I do also have a 24 day planner including FREE ELF PRINTABLES to download to make the Christmas elves as easy as possible. I have compiled a list of the easiest Elf on the Shelf ideas for 2023, that are super easy and simple to set up that don’t require lots props to purchase.

Your ultimate guide to super quick and Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas for 2023, they are completely DIY elf on the shelf ideas without the need for props:

Spell out a funny work or childs name in toilet paper

Use squares of toilet paper to spell out a funny word or your child’s name.

easy elf on the shelf toilet paper idea
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Elf story time

Elves love to read, set up your elves reading a story to their toy friends.

elf on the shelf story time
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Spell out your child’s name in cereal

Spell out your child’s name or your elf’s name in cereal and maybe add a fun festive picture, what about a christmas tree or a snowman.

quick diy elf on the shelf idea in cereal
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Write funny messages on toilet roll

Silly messages or Christmas song titles written onto your toilet rolls with a coloured pen are a sure way to bring a smile to your children’s faces. Here are some ideas:

  • All I want for Xmas is POO!
  • Have yourself a POOPY little Xmas!
  • Rocking around the Xmas PEE!
  • Jingle bells, your POO smells!
  • Have yourself a merry PIDDLE Xmas!
  • Let it go! Let it go!
funny toilet rolls elf on the shelf
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Elf Snow angels

Make snow angel shapes with your elves by sprinkling round the edge with flour or fake snow.

elf on the shelf snow angels
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Elf playing with your child’s toys

Set up your child’s favourite toys to play with the elves, whether its a train track, dolls, action figures or playing a board game.

elf train track
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Hide the elves in children’s shoes or school bag

You could hide the elves in your children’s shoes or school bag, ready to stowaway to school.

elves hiding in school bag
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Wrap the tree in toilet paper

Wrap the Christmas tree in toilet roll for a fun and easy DIY elf on the shelf idea.

elf on the shelf idea, wrap the tree in toilet paper
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Elves make paper snow flakes

Cut our snowflakes from paper and hang or stick them around the house. Here’s handy instructions for paper snowflakes.

elf make paper snowflakes, quick and easy elf on the shelf idea
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Wrap the elves in Christmas wrapping paper

Wrap up the elves in christmas wrapping paper.

elf on the shelf wrapped up in wrapping paper
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Elves eat Christmas chocolate

Eat some Christmas sweets or chocolates and save the wrappers for the elves. You could always rub some melted chocolate on the elves faces to make them look even naughtier.

elf on the shelf eating chocolate
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Post it note Christmas tree

Stick up post it notes into a fun christmas tree shape. You could always write little messages on them too.

elf on the shelf quick and easy ideas, post it note christmas tree
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Elves hiding in a snack tube

This one does require cutting a hole in a snack tube, but it is totally worth the effort! Cut a hole to show the elves faces.

elves hiding in pringles tubes
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Stuff pyjamas with cuddly toys

Grab a pair of pyjamas and stuff them full of cuddly toys to make a funny scene.

stuffed pyjamas
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Make a mess

Squirt some ketchup in the kitchen, scatter some cereal or flour on the floor.

elf on the shelf make a mess
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Elf Movie Time

Set the elves up ready to watch a christmas movie with your child, even add some popcorn.

elf on the shelf movie time
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