Yes you read the title right, we have never done elf on the shelf. This year that's all going to change and I am so excited! I am well aware though if I am not prepared it can become a nightmare and I will be waking up at 3am in the morning thinking 'I haven't moved the elf!'.
So far Pinterest has been my friend and I have a board dedicated to ideas. My plan is to write a list out with every day planned up until Christmas Day so when it comes to each day I don't really have to think about it. Our elf is arriving on December 1st inside a huge balloon that a brilliant local company has been selling with the words 'let me out' written on it.
We recently took a visit to Poundland as I had heard that they were doing items that you could use for elf on the shelf. As you can see below we picked up some great bits and it was all so in-expensive.
I asked my fellow bloggers for their elf on the shelf ideas and as usual they did not disappoint.
Claire from Big Family Big Fun Blog documented every day on her blog last year and you will find some brilliant ideas if your stuck. My personal favourites are when the elf photocopied himself, sliding down the banister and the zipline.
Emma from Me and B make tea has a brilliant post with 24 zero effort elf on the shelf idea. Now I definitely want to put some effort into doing this but I'm sure there will be days were it's last minute and I need to think of something quickly. Emma's idea's are so simple but will still have a brilliant effect.
I just love all the pictures on The Mum Diaries blog. Drawing devil horns on the pictures is hilarious, as is covering the Christmas tree in toilet paper!
It's always a good idea to have a back up plan just in case you forget to move the elf and Cass from Frugal Family has you covered. Give it a read, you'll never need to think of an excuse again!
A few other blog worth visiting for great elf on the shelf ideas!
Jenny at the gingerbread house - 24 Elf on the shelf ideas
Winnettes - 20 good elf and 20 naughty elf ideas
School Run Shop - A beginner's guide
I am so excited to get started and keep your eyes peeled on this blog as I will be documenting each day! I think the kids are going to love it and for me it just adds to the magic and build up to Christmas.