Want a funny idea? “I shined your shoes!” is a funny Elf note for this Elf on the Shelf tin foil shoes idea. Pair with the German Christmas tradition St Nicholas Day on December 5th. New creative, funny, and original Elf on the Shelf Ideas daily.
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Looking for a silly idea that can actually celebrate different cultures around the world. Have Scout elf shine your child’s shoe with tin foil. Extend the idea by bringing in the German shoe tradition for Christmas.
Elf on the Shelf Shoe Idea
In your home, gather the following supplies to put together this fun Shoe Shined Elf on the Shelf idea.
- The Elf on the Shelf Doll
- Aluminum Foil
- Cardstock or paper (this is the best cardstock which is perfect for your Elf printables)
This idea is quick and easy and if your children still understand what “Shoe shine” means then they will love the humor in this Elf idea.
For this funny Elf prank, take your child’s shoe and wrap each in tin foil.
Take your marker and write a message on a piece of paper or cardstock “I shined your shoes for you.”
Of course, don’t do this with their school shoes. Imagine the embarrassment wearing aluminum foil shoes to school – haha! You could do something silly and wrap dads and then dad can act like he wore them all day at work (have him leave the house and return home – he can carry a different set of shoes for the day!)
Looking for more Elf ideas with shoes? Did you know that shoes are actually apart of a German Christmas tradition? Learn how you can extend this idea with a fun Christmas idea celebrating other cultures.
What is the German Christmas Tradition with Shoes?
The German holiday, St. Nicholas Day, falls on December 5. On this day, children clean and polish their shoes and leave them by the front door before going to sleep. The next day their shoes are filled with fruit, candy, nuts and small gifts from St. Nick.
If this is a German shoe Elf on the Shelf idea you would like to do, do this idea on December 5th or really any day in December to recognize Christmas traditions around the world. Just remind your kids it’s Saint Nicolas Day!
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Elf on the Shelf Resources
At Frugal Coupon Living, our goal, to create an easy Elf on the Shelf season for you. This is not our first year of having an Elf in the home. With over eight years of Elf ideas, we have created a rather large Elf on the Shelf fan club full of new Elf on the Shelf ideas. These Elf on the Shelf resources are all you need to create the best Elf ideas.
What is Elf on the Shelf?
Elf on the Shelf is a Christmas Tradition. The tradition has a book and a elf doll. The book is poetic and in rhyme sharing the purpose of the Elf’s visits. The Elf visits each Thanksgiving. He/She goes and returns from the North Pole each evening. Every morning he can be found in a new location in the house. The Elf has been found in the refrigerator, fishing in the toilet, writing messages on the mirror or hanging from the lights. It is VERY IMPORTANT, the Elf is not touch each evening or his Christmas magic will be lost! Each family is able to name their special elf. The elves return to their home (Santa’s North Pole Work shop) every Christmas Eve. An Elf’s Story can also be found on DVD.
More Helpful Elf on the Shelf Links
Some call Frugal Coupon Living the biggest resource for all things Elf on the Shelf. While we don’t want to brag, we will. We have move our red little North Pole friend for year after year. We have created plenty of free printables, must have resources, inspirational Elf links and more. Use us at a platform to keep your sanity through the entire Christmas season.
Use the helpful Elf on the Shelf links to come up with create ideas, grab free printables, and answer Elf on the Shelf Questions.
- Elf on the Shelf Ideas – a Starter guide to all things elf including some of our top post ideas and Elf on the Shelf digital downloads.
- Largest List of Elf on the Shelf Ideas – Now over 600 Elf on the Shelf ideas. New ideas added daily during November and December.
- Elf on the Shelf Questions and Answers – Are you just beginning with an Elf? Could you use a refresher of all the Elf rules. Take a look at frequently asked elf on the shelf questions to get started. You will immediately be an Elf expert.
- Free Elf on the Shelf Printables – Sign up for our emails and grab these free Elf digital downloads to help you during the Elf season. Includes an Elf calendar, notes, Elf coloring pages, encouraging ideas and more.
- DIY Bendable Elf on the Shelf – Want your Elf to do all sorts of positions. This is an easy no-sew bendable Elf on the Shelf tutorial.
- Elf Shop with Digital Downloads – This is one of the best Elf shops full of printable resources to perfect the holiday season.
- Elf on the Shelf Emails with New Ideas Daily – Each day we will write you with a new Elf on the Shelf idea as well as links to Elf on the shelf resources and sometimes hidden coupon codes and freebies!
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Last Updated on December 1, 2022 by Ashley at Frugal Coupon Living