Need new inspiration for Elf on the Shelf ideas? Check out our round of best elf on the shelf ideas from Instagram! 

Need new inspiration for Elf on the Shelf ideas? Check out our round of best elf on the shelf ideas from Instagram!

Best Elf on The Shelf Ideas found on Instagram

It’s that time of year. Time for the return of your Elf! If you’re not familiar with Elf on the Shelf, then I highly suggest you start here.

If you’re looking for some NEW inspiration on how to have fun with your Elf on the Shelf this year, I’ve scoured Instagram to come up with a list of great ideas on how to display your Elf. 

Here you will find a round of 39+ fun and creative ideas to try this year with your gang of elves. Plus, be sure to check our most popular post of the best + creative elf on the ideas

Top Elf on the Shelf ideas on Instagram

 

 
 
 
 
 
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His bed arrived today….. #naughtyelf #naughtyelfsonhisway #christmasmagic2018 @elfontheshelf ☃️#elfontheshelf

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I love Elf’s bedroom! So cute and a great idea!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Cheeky little Elf has been jealous of Frosty the Snowman and has decided to melt him! 🙈

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This is such a cool idea! Your kids will love it!

 

Man, these elves are savaage! LOL

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Me tocó a mi 😅 #elfontheshelf #elfontheshelfideas #elfontheshelf2016 #elfontheshelfmexicano #pieface #piefacegame

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Me tocó a mi 😅 #elfontheshelf #elfontheshelfideas #elfontheshelf2016 #elfontheshelfmexicano #pieface #piefacegame

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Let’s play the Pieface game!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Circa 2015. Candy Cane Elf Spa. James has a relaxing nite off.

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Spa day!

 

Well, this may not be for the kids, but the adults can enjoy this one after moving the Elf for the 8983rd time.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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#elf #smoke #campfire #elfontheshelf #gettingready #bayarea #holiday #airquality #hepafilter

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Didn’t move the Elf last night? Use this idea!

 

So many cute ideas on this Instagram account!

 

Just in case you need a reminder on moving the Elf each night. This is a great way to stay reminded.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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One way ticket to fun! #ScoutElfIdeas . . . . . #ElfontheShelf #ElfonaShelf #EOTS #ElfonShelf #ScoutElf #Christmas #IdeasforScoutElves #ElfIdeas

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Let’s have some fun!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Take on a new adventure! #ElfWisdomWednesday . . . . . #ElfontheShelf #ElfonaShelf #EOTS #ElfonShelf #ScoutElf #Christmas #IdeasforScoutElves #ElfIdeas #ScoutElfIdeas

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Give me all the candy!

 

Someone’s been naughty (again).

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The return of Elfie 🧝‍♂️ . Christmas is just around the corner & the long awaited return of your household elf. We are offering 2 designs for the return of your elf ready & waiting to cause mischief in your homes from Dec 1st 🙈 . If you want to give us your elf then please make the last arrangements this week to drop off – £15 . If you want us to provide an elf within the balloon – £25 . Balloons can come with gold coin chocolates inside, messages can read ‘I’m back’ or ‘Let me out’ . Free delivery on November 30th 🎅 #elfontheshelf #1stdecember #christmas #naughtyelf #imback #balloon #everyeventpartyhire

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Such a fun way to welcome Elf on the Shelf into your home (or back again).

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Treated Elvin to some new clobber and a sleigh today 😂#elfontheshelf #naughtyelfontheshelf #christmaself #christmas #mrshinchmademedoit

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Cute way to dress up your Elf!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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#elfontheshelf #maxidaddydays #maxidaddyweekend #maxidaddyontour #shotoniphone #LYB

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Yup, Elfie goes everywhere to watch you! This is hilarious!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Tis the season! #funnymemes #funny #beetlejuice #peewee #elfontheshelf #haha #laughing #tooearly #extra #happyholidays #omg

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For those kids that can handle a little dark humor, this is a fun idea! LOL

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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With Christmas just around the corner. It’s time to start decorating 🎄🛷🦌🎁☃️… Happy Holiday!!!! #christmas #decorating #hypebeast #supreme #elfontheshelf

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A fun way to display your Elf and the North Pole!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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@elvesbehavinbadly #Elvesbehavinbadly Party for one! And it’s never too early for glass of Mulled wine! #elves #elfontheshelf #party #festive

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Party of one? Fun adult for those that are adults and love to have fun with Elf on the Shelf!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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#elfontheshelf #silenceofthelambs #merryfuckingchristmas

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That Elf is always up to something!

 

Elf is roasting marshmallows! What a cute and creative idea!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I’m so happy the weekend is here ! I slept so well last night and woke up nice and fresh. I was up first this morning (all excited like a child at Christmas) and got up and made the morning coffees and decided to pop a bit of music on. In our house we have a Sonos music system and little Play 1 speakers in most rooms, so I treated the family to the best wake up call possible….a bit of Bublè Christmas Magic. Not sure they all appreciated it as much as me, but it certainly woke everyone up 🙊🙊🙊I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned, but we are off to the MK centre today, Christmas Shopping. Everyone already knows where they want to go, so should be a good day. As long as I can have a wander round John Lewis and the White Company, I’ll be happy. Visiting the Christmas Grotto too, taking little Toby on the Christmas train, literally can’t wait. Hope everyone has a fun day, and yes…I know it’s only November 🎄 . . . . #homesofinstagram #instahome #instahomedecor #christmas #christmasdecor #christmasdecorations #elfontheshelf #elfontheshelfideas #elfontheshelfuk #elfontheshelf2018 #christmasmagic #sophieprints #xmas #festive #festivehome #home #homedecor #homestyle #interior #lovemyhome #persimmonhomes #instainspo #instainspo #homeinspo #christmaswreath #home_and_living #home_decor #fromwhereistand #homesweethome #interiorstyle

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This is a great idea to setup the night Elfie leaves to go back to the North Pole with Santa.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Cuando te desvelas a las 3am #poto #elfontheshelf #christmas2018🎄#tistheseason #lucasalfonso #snowangels

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Let’s make some snow angels!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Ça à l’air plutôt douillet en fait je sais pas vous mais je crois bien que j’aimerais être à leurs places #elfontheshelf #jhebergeunefamilledelutin #lutinespiegle

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Color ball bath, anyone??

 

This is seriously adorable! What a cute Cocoa kit for your Elf. Head to their IG account to see how you can order your own kit!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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#buddytheelf #elfontheshelf #christmas #christmasdecor #christmaschalkboard #chalkboardart #chalkola #chalkmarkers

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The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear! Super cute way to display your Elf.

 

Here’s another super fun way to have a blast with Elfie this holiday season!

 

Pizza night, anyone?

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Namaste! #elfontheshelf #smartythe elf

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Elfie’s doing yoga with Barbie!

 

Parents, here’s a way to get rid of all the toys before Christmas with the help of Elfie.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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No te pierdas mañana nuestra Noche de Cine en Hadas y Dragones Plaza Madero a las 7 pm. #elfontheshelf #jugueteseducativos #coolkids

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Let’s have a movie night.

 

Check her IG account to see how you can order these props for your Elf on the Shelf.

 

Another fun way to welcome Elf on the Shelf this year.

 

Elf bakes cookies for everyone!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Im on the catwalk #catwalk #elfontheshelf #model #elfmodel

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Elfie and friends have a fashion show.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Centre stage elf #elfontheshelf #elf #model #catwalk

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She’s such a cute model!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Teenage ninja apples 🍏 #elfontheshelf #ninjaturtles

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Have kids that are into those turtles? Include Elfie, with this idea!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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It’s never too early for some Elf on the Shelf humor #christmasmemes #elfontheshelf #christmas #christmastime

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That Elf strikes again! LOL

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Merry christmas 🎄#elfontheshelf

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Just having fun! Merry Christmas!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The girls really got a kick out of the elves today 😂 #elfontheshelf #redtheelf #hollytheelf #scoutelves #tictactoe

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Let’s play tic-tac-toe!

 

Don’t have time to move the Elf? You can order an Elf on the Shelf cast here.

 

An adorable way to have fun with your Elf!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Let’s make some cookies for Santa! #ScoutElfIdeas . . . . . #ElfontheShelf #ElfonaShelf #EOTS #ElfonShelf #ScoutElf #Christmas #IdeasforScoutElves #ElfIdeas

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Another way to bake cookies with Elfie!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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While Cindy~Lou was catching some rays, Candy and Chip were soaking up the sunshine & enjoying every second of it. ☀️🍃

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Let’s head to the beach!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Hey buddy, can you spare a chocolate coin for this talented elf? Regram: @shan_the_elf

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Will work for tips!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Superior elf climbing form! Is that a Spider-Man move or rock climbing expertise we are witnessing? Either way, this elf gets style points! Regram: @shebesorted

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Elfie, the escape artist!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Ummm… that’s NOT a Christmas 🎄 tree guys! Better put that saw away before Mama finds you cutting down her juniper tree! Photo credit: @mommyupgrade

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Elfie tries to cut down his own tree. I think he’s channeling his inner Clark Griswold! LOL

 

Board game fun with Elfie!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Circa 2017. Santa’s workshop. James and Meebles are joined by some other elves. They are busy at work making toys and getting them ready for Santa.

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All the elves are taking a break!

 

But first, coffee!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Elves visit – day 22, climbing a staircase of canned foods to reach the Quality Street… 🍬 #elfontheshelf2017 #advent

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Oh, the things we love to get into while you’re sleeping!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Somebody was having a little fun with the photo copier! #teeferstheelf #officefun #elfies #elfontheshelf2017 #elfontheshelfshenanigans #petalumakidsdentist #pediatricdentistry

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Elf is having too much fun with the copier!

So let’s get going. You can even use our Elf on the Shelf printable list of ideas and our ultimate guide to help you plan each day! 

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