Learn from the Greats: Get Legendary Elf Ideas

Legendary. Never before seen. Iconic. These A-plus elf ideas will go down as some of the best ever completed! With their impressive ideas and feats, a handful of elves have landed a spot in the Elf Ideas Hall of Fame. Will your Scout Elf be inspired to recreate one of these epic ideas that will leave your family “oohing” and “ahhing”?

Time for a Countdown

Elf jumping out of countdown

24…23…22…21…Countdown the days to Christmas with this super adorable and easy to create idea. Your elf just needs paper, cups and an enthusiastic attitude to jump out and surprise you!


  • 24 paper cups
  • Tissue paper
  • Rubber bands
  • Paper
  • Marker
  • Tape
  • Sweet treats


  1. First your elf will place 24 paper cups in four rows.
  2. Then, your elf will fill some or all of the cups with sweet treats or notes and then cover them with tissue paper, using a rubber band to seal them in place.
  3. After, your elf will use paper and a marker to number each cup from 1 to 24.
  4. Finally, your elf will hide in which ever cup corresponds to the day they showcase this surprise, and they will jump out and surprise you.
  5. Bonus: This idea can double as a simple advent, where kids punch each day as they count down to Christmas, revealing a sweet surprise, note or an idea for a family activity!

Cocoa Kitchen

Elves making cocoa with ingredients

Lending a helping hand in the kitchen to create a hot cocoa treat is the perfect elf idea, but these elves took this idea up a notch by using some simple tools to lower chocolatey candies into their yummy drink!


  • Mug
  • Hot cocoa
  • Mini cup
  • Marshmallows
  • 3 paper straws
  • Glue
  • Peppermint candies
  • Chocolate candies
  • Scout Elves at Play® Tools
    • Candy Cane Cable
    • Peppermint Grappling Hook
    • Cheery Chair


  1. To recreate this Hall of Fame worthy idea, your elf will fill a mug with piping hot cocoa.
  2. Then your elf will offer a helping hand in one of two ways. They could sit in the Cheery Chair and pour marshmallows into the cup of cocoa.
  3. As a second option, they may build an archway by attaching two paper straws to either end of a third straw. They will use peppermint candies to provide stability around the base of the archway.
  4. Then, your elf will attach a piece of Candy Cane Cable to the Peppermint Grappling hook and place a piece of chocolate candy in the hook.
  5. Finally, they will toss the hook over the ledge and carefully lower the chocolate candy into the drink!

Santa’s Super Helper

Super hero elf flying over paper city

Flying back to the North Pole each night and surprising your family with something new each day definitely makes your elf a superhero! Now, they’re ready to show off their super-duper skills with this flying surprise!



  1. First, your elf will use cardboard or paper and a marker to draw a city scene. They will stand up their scene or tape it to a wall.
  2. Then, your elf will attach fishing line to the Holiday Hook and hang it from the wall.
  3. They will hold on tightly to the Holiday Hook and fly over the city scape. Helpful hint for elves: The fishing line will allow you to stay extra still for an extended period.

Mirror, Mirror

Elf looking in mirror

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? It’s your Scout Elf who thought up the perfect idea using a common item found in most bathrooms!



  1. Your elf is ready to show off their smile! First, they will locate a small, makeup mirror.
  2. Then, they will pull up the Cheery Chair and look in the mirror, waiting for you to see their reflection!

Over the Moon

Elf with shooting stars

This idea is out of this world! No wonder it landed in the Hall of Fame. Your elf can easily create it though, staging a spectacular moon landing right in your home!


  • Polystyrene ball
  • Paper straw
  • White paper
  • Pen
  • Tape
  • Yellow paper
  • Scissors
  • Scout Elves at Play® Tools
    • Christmas Climbing Boots


  1. First, your elf will set a polystyrene ball in a secure location.
  2. Then, your elf will tape a small paper sign to a straw to create a mini flag.
  3. After, your elf will cut stars out of yellow paper to create a starry backdrop.
  4. Finally, your elf will put on their Christmas Climbing boots and walk on the moon. They will be sure to place their flag on the moon to document this momentous landing!

Island Adventures

Elves on tropical island

Your elf is ready to say aloha from their own personal island. They aren’t lost at sea; they’re just soaking up the sun and much needed R&R—it’s island time!


  • Brown sugar
  • Different colored construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • String
  • Paper straw


  1. First, your elf will gather a small mound of brown sugar to create their own mini island.
  2. Then, your elf will use construction paper to make mini palm trees, ocean waves and fish.
  3. Finally, your elf will grab a fishing pole (string attached to a paper straw) and lean back and relax!

Marshmallow Avalanche

Elf in marshmallow avalanche

Your elf may shoot from a slide right onto a pile a marshmallows! Careful—the marshmallows might begin to tumble—causing quite the sweet treat avalanche!


  • Paper cup
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Marshmallows


  1. First, your elf will create a mini slide by cutting a small paper cup and attaching it to a wall.
  2. Then, your elf will gather a pile of marshmallows.
  3. Finally, your elf will slide and land right onto the fluffy white treats!

See additional elf ideas, ranging from simple to challenging, to inspire more exciting “elf-capades” this season!

Before you or your elf get to work recreating any of these inspirational photos, be sure to read these safety warnings. Santa wants to make sure everyone stays safe!