People Are Doing Some Strange Things With Their Elf On The Shelf

Does your family participate in the Elf on the Shelf tradition? We love how creative some parents get with this whole endeavor. Sometimes we think that Elf on the Shelf is even more fun for parents than it is for kids. These people really went above and beyond with their Elf on the Shelf scenes this year.

Keep reading to see elves from pop culture, elves who got into some real trouble, and elves who are just having a good time.

Christmas Is Coming

elf sitting on a candy cane throne
Photo Credit: Sahmba / Reddit
Photo Credit: Sahmba / Reddit

Young kids may not get this Game of Thrones reference, but we certainly do. Don’t do it for the kids, do it for the internet points. We’re very impressed with this handcrafted candy cane throne.

The Royal Elves

elves in costumes from the crown
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Photo Credit: ShouldaBeenStevie / Reddit

These elves must have been watching a lot of Netflix this year. I mean, what else is there to do when you’re stuck inside all day? Is anybody else obsessed with The Crown?

Bueller? Bueller?

elves in ferris bueller costumes
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Photo Credit: ShouldaBeenStevie / Reddit

Okay, so kids who were born before the ’80s (which is all kids nowadays) probably won’t get this reference, but we get it, and that’s all that matters. Who doesn’t love a Bueller elf?

Spidey Got Him

elf caught in spider-man's web
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Photo Credit: sundaylobotomist / Reddit

All it took was a Spider-Man action figure and some dental floss to make this little Elf on the Shelf scene. I wonder what Mr. Elf did to get into so much trouble with Spidey.

DJ Elf On The Shelf

elf on the shelf dj with pokemon audience
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Photo Credit: warmfuzzume / Reddit

This Elf on the Shelf is spinning some sick tunes. It looks like his Pokémon audience is really enjoying themselves. This is so creative. The little hoodie is a nice touch.

Gone Sledding

elf on the shelf going sledding on towels
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Photo Credit: thiedes / Reddit

These elves are having a great time sliding down this snowy hill made out of a white towel. This is a great way to use those mini doughnut floatation devices.

Elf The Tattoo Artist

elf tattooing a ken doll
Photo Credit: that_guy_who_builds / Reddit
Photo Credit: that_guy_who_builds / Reddit

This elf is busy giving his friend a tattoo. Does he have much tattoo experience? Probably not. Is that going to stop him? Of course not. He’s an artist at work.

Elf On A Shelf In 2020

elf in quarantine jar
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Photo Credit: smellslikecheerios / Reddit

Elf on a Shelf might look a little different this year. This elf decided that the safest way to do Christmas in 2020 was to isolate himself in this quarantine jar.

What A Classic

elf with horse head in bed
Photo Credit: pjbaio / Reddit
Photo Credit: pjbaio / Reddit

This might not be the most child-friendly movie reference in the world, but we do give major props to whoever pulled this off. Poor horsey. He really did deserve better.

You’ll Float Too

elves dressed like It characters
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Photo Credit: ShouldaBeenStevie / Reddit

To most kids, these elves will just look like a kid in a raincoat and a friendly clown. They don’t have to know that the clown is spooky and murderous.

Turned Into Dust

elf hat on dust next to Thanatos
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Photo Credit: jollygreen615 / Reddit

Unfortunately, this elf was the victim of Thanatos’s master plan. There were just too many elves in the world and not enough shelves. We were getting overpopulated. We can’t all go on living.

How Is He Going To Get Out Of This Mess?

Elf in a bullet blender
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Photo Credit: ikhantrol / Reddit

I’m not sure how this elf ended up in a bullet blender, but let’s just hope that the kids in this house find him before he gets turned into an elf smoothie.

Let’s Get Lit

lite brite elf
Photo Credit: mirandabudweg / Reddit
Photo Credit: mirandabudweg / Reddit

This is such a creative use of a Lite-Brite. Remember when we all had to have one of these in the ’90s? Either they had some stellar marketing, or toys were a lot less cool back then.

Get Off The Sauce

elf chugging maple syrup
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Photo Credit: darn_Raccoon / Reddit

This elf has been hitting the maple syrup a little too hard lately. Is that a beer funnel? I know it’s Christmas, but maybe he should lay off the sauce for a bit…

A Boxing Match

elf on the shelf boxing a knock em sock em robot
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Photo Credit: redskeeter / Reddit

This elf seems to have gotten himself into some kind of boxing match, and now there’s a whole audience watching him. Elves really shouldn’t be fighting. They’re calm and peaceful creatures.

Trying To Get To The Liquor

elf scaling a fridge
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Photo Credit: JAYZ3R / Reddit

This elf knows where mom and dad keep the liquor, and he’s going to do everything he can to get to those forbidden bottles—even if that means climbing up the side of a fridge.

The Milk’s Gone Bad

Tied up Elf on the shelf with note saying
Photo Credit: LHolm39 / Reddit
Photo Credit: LHolm39 / Reddit

We’ve seen people do the whole “milk’s gone bad” prank a whole bunch of times on the internet, but we like this version that combines the classic prank with a Christmas tradition.

That’s Not Lemonade

elf looks like he's peeing in cups with lemonade sign in front of him
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Photo Credit: infinitemasters / Reddit

You know what? That lemonade does look extremely yellow. Maybe there’s food coloring in it or something. This elf seems to have gotten in a whole lot of trouble. Let’s just back away slowly.

Caught In A Web

elf on a shelf in a spider web
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Photo Credit: 197708156EQUJ5 / Reddit

We love this combination of Christmas and Halloween. A lot of work must have gone into making this web. It looks like somebody made it by hand. It had to be sturdy enough to support an entire elf.

One Of The Bunch

elf in a banana
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Photo Credit: ilovechedda / Reddit

This elf is trying to blend in with a bunch of bananas. We think he actually did a pretty good job. He’s just a little bit bigger than all of the other bananas.

There Has Been An Accident

elf stuck to front of car
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Photo Credit: birddog2001 / Reddit

There’s something to be said for doing these unique (and sometimes disturbing) Elf on a Shelf scenes in the privacy of your own home. You don’t want to frighten all of the neighbors.

Elf In Netflix

elf in netflix
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Photo Credit: firefly73 / Reddit

How is this elf going to get out of the Netflix screen? It looks like he might be stuck in there for a long time. How does one get an elf out of Netflix?

Nothing Left But Bones

elf hat on chicken bones with a knife and fork beside it
Photo Credit: djrndr / Reddit
Photo Credit: djrndr / Reddit

It looks like somebody ate all of this elf’s tasty flesh and left nothing behind but a pile of bones. Well, this looks like something that could potentially traumatize young children.

Pivot!

elf and ross moving a couch
Photo Credit: dante254 / Reddit
Photo Credit: dante254 / Reddit

Remember this scene from Friends? I think about this scene every time I move furniture (which I do surprisingly often). That doll does look a lot like Ross (minus the surf shirt).

Sixteen Christmas Candles

sixteen candles  elf on a shelf scene
Photo Credit: Elle7509 / Reddit
Photo Credit: Elle7509 / Reddit

This is such a classic scene. It might not be the most festive movie in the world, but if you put an elf in it, any movie can be festive and Christmasy.

Elf The Pedicurist

elf next to nail polish and a sign
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Photo Credit: dateoneweirdo20 / Reddit

This elf went to beauty school and became a master pedicurist. Then he painted dad’s toes. The kids are definitely going to get a kick out of this one. Bravo, parents.

Poor Mr. Potato Head

elf shredding mr. potato head on a grater
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Photo Credit: chancesq / Reddit

It looks like this elf is making some latkes for Chanukah, only he’s shredding the only potato in the house with human features. Poor Mr. Potato Head. He never saw this coming.

Ready, Set, Go

drag racing elves
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Photo Credit: darn_Raccoon / Reddit

You really shouldn’t be drag racing out on the streets, especially during the cold winter months when the roads are icy. I don’t expect the elves to know any better, but Barbie shouldn’t have let this happen.

It’s Always Sunny By The Christmas Tree

elf with big hands, one missing
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Photo Credit: chgonate / Reddit

Remember this scene from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia? Even if you don’t watch the show, an elf with human hands is still a pretty funny image. We love this one.

Making Flour Angels

elf making snow angels in spilled flour
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Photo Credit: cokezwelsh / Reddit

This elf didn’t just make a mess, he made a mess and started playing in it. These parents must be super dedicated to this Christmas tradition. That’s going to be annoying to clean up.