Elf on the Shelf Craft ideas to try that are simple and easy

3 Elf on the Shelf Craft Ideas to Try (easy to make in under 10 minutes)

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I never planned on getting an Elf on the Shelf, but when my oldest started school (you know what happened). We had to get one and started this crazy journey of elf ideas. I know all of us grown ups out there get elf fatigued and sometimes your tired brain can’t think of a good idea. This year I wasn’t going to let that happen and came up with 3 Elf on the Shelf craft ideas that anyone can make. With a few simple supplies and about 10 minutes, you can make these. 

Honestly I was rushing to get these made and hiding pictures on my phone so the kids wouldn’t see them. The COVID numbers have increased here and the kids are now doing remote learning. At the end of the post I’ll be sharing the my first 14 days of Christmas Elf Ideas and I hope you find them helpful.

Easy DIY Elf on the Shelf Crafts

Super easy ideas that only take a few minutes to create lasting magical Christmas memories is my goal. I know the kids are going to love these ideas. I also thought of all of the grown ups out there too. These are all made with simple supplies you may have or can grab at the Dollar Tree or the grocery store. 

Let’s Create 3 Elf on the Shelf Craft Ideas to Try 

Elf on the Shelf Craft Ideas: Christmas Tree

Elf on the Shelf Christmas Tree Craft

Materials for Christmas Tree

Green Card Stock or Poster Board

Double Sided Tape

Hot Glue Gun/Sticks

Red and Green Pom Poms

I made the Christmas Tree on green card stock with my Cricut, but to make this you just have to trace 2 Christmas trees the same size. Cut one down the center at the top about 6 inches. Then cut the other from the bottom up about 6 inches and slide them together. Or just print a 3D Christmas tree and assemble. It’s really easy to do, but make sure you use a heavier paper like card stock or poster board so it will stand. 

At the Dollar Tree I found some red and green pom poms and hot glued them to the tree. I’ll save a few extras and put them around the elf like the kids caught him in the middle of decorating. 

Elf on the Shelf Craft Idea to Make a Ladder

Elf on the Shelf Ladder Craft Idea

Materials for Elf’s Ladder 

Popsicle Sticks


Flag Red Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint

Christmas Green Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint

Hot Glue Gun/Glue Sticks 

Red Glitter Glue (this is similar

Start by cutting  4 popsicle sticks in half. How many popsicles you cut will depend on the size of your ladder. I painted the popsicles cut in half green and the ladder sides (full popsicle sticks) in red. Craft paint dries really fast. Now I decided to add on a little glitter and I did let it dry over night, but that’s up to you. It was red glitter glue in a bottle and I just put dots along the red popsicle sticks. 

Once it was dry, I hot glued the red sides together, just overlapping a little with the hot glue gun. Next I glued on the rings of the ladder every 2 inches. 

Building a ladder out of popsicle sticks

Your mischievous elf can go anywhere now with his/her new ladder. 

Elf on the Shelf Snow Fort

Elf on the Shelf fort with marshmallows and Mod Podge

Materials for Elf Snow Fort

Mini Marshmallows 

Mod Podge

Cupcake Liner 

Parchment or Wax Paper 

I will warn you this one can be a little messy, but super easy to do. Put some mod podge (you can find it at the Dollar Tree) in a cupcake liner. Lay out a piece of parchment paper or wax paper to build the snow fort on. 

Dip the marshmallows on the side into the mod podge and start glueing them together. Then keep adding on rows on top of each other. Our Elf is going to have a snowball fight with his Arctic Fox Pet and maybe a few other friends. 

Set the snow fort aside and let it dry. It will dry sturdy and the kids will love it. If it gets stuck to the paper, just cut around it.It will look like snow since the paper is white. 

These Elf on the Shelf Craft ideas are new this year for us and I hope they inspire you for some Elf on the Shelf fun! 

14 Days of Elf on the Shelf Ideas

1- Arriving with his new Arctic Fox Elf Pet in the middle of the kitchen table 

 2- Sitting on a shelf with wrapped toy advent calendars for each of the kids

3- Sitting in the kitchen on our letter S or anywhere up high

4- Hanging from the bookcase with a ribbon (like he went bungee jumping) 

5- Elf on the Shelf in the living room

6- Marshmallow Snow Fort being built- put the fort with some marshmallows around the Elf

7- Snowball Fight with mini marshmallows and some toy friends

8- Playing a game with the Arctic Fox

9- Peeking out of the Christmas Tree 

10- Visiting the kids bedroom

11- Visiting the kids bedroom (have the elf visit each of your kids bedrooms)

12- Sitting in the bathroom stuck in a toilet paper roll that’s decorated for Christmas 

13- Decorating a Christmas Tree with pom poms 

14- Climbing a ladder to some place high 

Hi I'm Jenny from Cookies, Coffee, and Crafts. I love to create decorations for my home, projects to create magical holidays, and to have fun with my kids. The quote "I run on coffee, chaos, and crafts" describes my world and I wouldn't have it any other way. I hope you find inspiration and enjoy my creative journey.