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Surviving 12 Days Of Elf On The Shelf

by Lisa Jones
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Elf on the Shelf

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Elf on the Shelf – you either love it or hate it. And if you hate it, you’ve come to the wrong place as I’m talking all about that pesky little elf today!

This will be Little J’s 3rd Christmas but only the first year I’ve done Elf on the Shelf – he was definitely too young before! I’ll be honest, I’ve been dreading the time coming for doing Elf on the Shelf. I get stressed enough at Christmas anyway and the idea of thinking up numerous fun things for the elf to do each day seemed overwhelming!

So when the awesome people at Design Bundles curated a box packed with 12 amazing ideas for Elvis on the Shelf I was only too happy to take part!

Here’s how I survived 12 days of Elf on the Shelf with Elvis!

Let me know if you use any of the ideas below! Feel free to tag me so I can see your awesome creations!

Elf on the Shelf is in a clear tube with Elf in isolation written on it. There is fake snow around it and you can see the Christmas tree in the background
Elf in Isolation

Obviously, with everything going on with COVID, you have to be careful, so Elvis spent the first few days in isolation! Perfect! The Elf in Isolation label from Design Bundles just perfectly finishes the look off, doesn’t it?

Day 1 – Gingerbread Baking!

Elvis was given the all clear and released from isolation! I think someone was very happy to see him!

To celebrate, we decided to do some baking! I’ll be honest, this is actually the first time that I’ve done any baking with Little J. He loses interest in things very quickly! Plus, I tend to buy cakes and biscuits ready made to save the mess. But I was ready to have some fun and deal with the mess today!

Making the gingerbread men was actually super easy thanks to the beautiful Gingerbread biscuit kit from Craft and Crumble!

My little ‘helper’ elves were more than happy to make a mess, but when it came to clearing up they both disappeared! Only one wasn’t so subtle when making his escape as you can see from the footprints he left behind!

Day 2 – Dressing Up Time!

Check out Elvis’s tiny face mask from Cutey Face Masks! How awesome is that?

Because Elvis has an awesome new mask, he decided that rest of his outfit needed jazzing up! So we decided that as it been getting colder Elvis needed some gloves to keep his hands warm. And because he’s been such a superhero with washing his hands and social distancing, that he deserved to have a cape too!

Day 3 – Let’s Do Some Colouring!

Time for a bit of a chillout today, and Elvis very kindly bought us some pencils and colouring pages! Why don’t you have a chill colouring/painting/collage afternoon and get your own printables from Design Bundles?

Day 4 – Time To Write Christmas Cards!

I used to hate Christmas cards, they always seemed like such a waste of money. However, I have very recently taken up a new hobby making cards and I cannot get enough of it! I am now always on the hunt for new materials to add to my ever-growing collection of card making. If you are a keen crafter make sure you check out the card making section from Design Bundles, there are so things to choose from!

Elvis actually had his own teeny tiny card to give us too!

Elf on the shelf is on a wooden table. He is sat up with a mini Christmas card on his lap. The mini card has a picture of 2 robins on it

Day 5 – Bauble Making!

I love having a jam-packed Christmas tree so Bauble making is right up my street! I didn’t trust Little J with glass so this is all mummy creation with a little help from Elvis! Look how proud he is!

You use whatever you want to make baubles! You could go for a walk and find some pinecones. Clean them up, then decorate! We did handprints last year out of salt dough. I sprayed them silver, then covered the hand print in glitter. They made great gifts!

Plus, anything you make, you can use year after year. If you can, pop the date or little ones age on the back so that you can see the progress, year after year.

Elf on the Shelf is under the Christmas tree. He has his hand on a glass bauble which contains a polar bear and fake snow

Day 6 – Scavenger Hunt!

Elvis was excited to show off his new gloves and cape so we decided to get some fresh air and go for a walk. To make it extra fun we did a scavenger hunt! Make sure you wrap up warm though! You don’t want Jack Frost to get your nose!

Elvis made sure that we had all of our coats and scarfs ready!

Elf on the shelf is by a white front door. He is wrapped up in a pink fluffy scarf with decorative leaves and snowflakes. There is a piece of paper with a scavenger hunt next to him

Day 7 – Let’s Write A Letter To Santa!

Have you been naughty or nice this year? Can anyone actually remember? Write a letter to Santa, but rather than asking for toys, you could write a letter to say what you are thankful for this year, what you wish to happen next year, or maybe even just write Santa and his elves a little thank you note! Once you’ve finished writing your letter to Santa you need to post it! Royal Mail even have a special address that you can send your letter to!

Little J is sat at a wooden table and is holding a pen with Santa on the top. He is drawing on a piece of paper. Elf on the shelf is sat on the table with him

Day 8 – Make A Window Display!

Walks have been super popular this year, due to obvious reasons. So, why not give everyone something lovely to look at whilst they’re on their walk with a window display! These beautiful window stickers are from Sticker Scape and I love them!

Elf on the shelf is sat on a small decorative polar bear. There is a decorative white penguin with them. They are next to a window looking at Christmas stickers

Day 9 – A Christmas Gift

Christmas is a time for giving. But you don’t have to give expensive things. You could draw a picture for a friend or family member, write someone special a letter, gift something sweet, like chocolates or sweets!

Little J is sat in front of the Christmas tree. He is holding the Elf on the Shelf and a small Christmas present

Day 10 – An Act Of Kindness

It’s so easy to get caught up in hustle and bustle of Christmas and only think about the presents, food and drink. So how about spending some time doing a good deed? Some ideas from Design Bundles are:

  • Donate to a food bank
  • Compliment someone
  • Donate to charity
  • See if the local care home or an elderly neighbour would like a handwritten letter
Elf on the shelf is sitting up on a wooden table. here are decorative snowflakes, snow and leaves on the table. There is a piece of paper with random asks of kindness written on it next to him

Day 11 – Set The Table!

We need to sort out where everyone is sitting for Christmas dinner, don’t we? It’s going to be a very small Christmas for us this year, just the 3 of us (4, if you include Elvis!) We have our place cards sorted, but I think we might even make our own placemats too!

We can’t forget Santa, can we? So here is a beautiful Milk bottle from Phoenix And Bell that we can leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve along with some carrots for the reindeer!

Elf on the shelf is sat on a wooden table. On the table is 3 brown placemats with name places. There is a bottle of milk on the table for Santa and 2 carrots on a white plate. There are decorative snowflakes and leaves on the table

Day 12 – It’s a Wrap!

It’s our last day and we need to wrap all the presents. Can’t wrap presents without some snacks and a good Christmas movie! Doesn’t look like that cheeky little elf is going to much help though, does it?

Elf on the shelf is sat on a brown sofa with a white cushion. He has a tiny bowl of popcorn and there is wrapping paper, scissors and tape in front of him


Thanks to Design Bundles I managed to survive 12 days of Elf on the Shelf! Well, 13 (or more!) if you include isolation days! I actually had fun doing it too!

And if you need any more inspiration for Christmas this year, did you know that Design Bundles also has a freebies page which has lots of free crafty resources that you can use!

Will you be trying any of these Elf on the Shelf ideas? Let me know if you try any or if you have your own favourite ideas, I’d love to see!

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Marion Jones 13/12/2020 - 10:43 pm

Oh lisa I love this blog . Little J baking ,naughty Elvis walking all over the worktop, bet he was easy to find. What a fantastic bundle box for parents to get and use with there children . Building memories and having fun. Merry Christmas 🎄

Lisa Jones 14/12/2020 - 11:34 am

Thank you so much Marion. I’ve really doing the 12 days of Elf on the Shelf! Baking was definitely a highlight! Merry Christmas to you too ❤️🎄


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