Elf on the Shelf Ideas and Printables

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Great ideas for elf on the shelf printable props and activities.

I have gathered up some of my favorite Elf on the Shelf ideas and printables to share with you.  I even included one that I LOVE from my friend Lindsay over at Artsy Fartsy Mama.  Our elf’s name is Loot and gosh, he is a crazy one.  Now that the kids are older, we never know who will move him or when he might end up from day to day.  The magic of Christmas is not determined by age.  That is our biggest lesson from our elf.  Here are six elf on the shelf ideas and printables.

Elf on the Shelf Ideas and FREE Printable

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

When it comes to elf on the shelf ideas and printables, this one is a total winner!  Print this FREE Elf on the Shelf Paper Doll using watercolor paper (if you want to use watercolor paints)!

Elf on the Shelf Paper Doll Free Printable with Watercolors

Paint the elf and the accessories.  I am in love with the watercolor paint pods from ooly.  They are not too expensive and work fabulously.  You can use my affiliate link and grab them on Amazon! Cut out the pieces and assemble using tiny clothespins.  Of course tape or glue would work too!

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Create mini donuts from cereal with this great elf on the shelf printable prop idea. It also has a super fun elf on the shelf word search puzzle.

Share your elf reading a book.  The book makes a great kickoff gift for the season!

Get a pair of holiday socks for the elf to use as a sleeping bag.  The bonus is a new pair of socks for someone in the family!

How about a fun little word search puzzle.  You can download and leave it with your elf for your kids to do on a snowy morning or evening of activity.

Elf on the Shelf Free Word Search Puzzle

Here is one of my favorite ideas from One Artsy Mama because….JOKES!!!

Elf on the Shelf Jokes

The elf is adorable playing with a tiny pack of clay.  The store Beyond the Blackboard in Colorado has SOOOOO many great things to go with your elves.

I would LOVE to know some of your elf ideas.  Share them and spread some holiday magic.

Best Ways to Use Free Printables

You might have seen this list from me before but I think it is worth sharing over and over. Sometimes the people in the back need to hear things a few times, right?  There are so many great ways to use free printables.  Here are some of my favorites.

  • Print them and mail in an envelope with a stamp. Snail mail rocks.
  • Batch some up to make an activity book.  This is great for a road trip!
  • Print and use at a place setting on the table to create a conversation starter.
  • Add them to goody bags.  By the way, goody bags are not just for birthday parties.
  • Package them up with your favorite markers and crayons to give as a gift.
  • Drop a few off at the local coffee shop with fun pencils to spread some happy.
  • Cut them up to make cards, gift wrap and decorations.

BEST Tools For Working With Free Printables

These are my favorite tools and art supplies to use with free printables and why I love them too.

  1. Printer – This Laser Printer is inexpensive and works like a charm.  It even works with Alexa.  Bonus!
  2. Scissors – Lots of printables can be cut up to create decorations and cards and things like that.
  3. Markers and Crayons – All thing ooly work the best for me.  I LOVE all of their markers, pencils and crayons.
  4. Colored Pencils – For adult coloring, PRISM makes the colored pencils that I love to use most.
  5. Twine – For creating banners and garlands from printables, I love this twine best.
  6. Adhesive – Lots of printables have pieces that get cut out and put together.  This is my fave tape runner!

Cheers and Love,


PS:  Here are a couple of other FREE Christmas Printables.

FREE Kids Christmas Printables

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