Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas Using Fruits and Veggies

Elf on the Shelf Makes Silly Faces on Fruit

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Elf is making her way from the North Pole to your home. Get ready for her arrival with these easy Elf on the Shelf ideas using items from the produce department.

Why Use Fruits and Veggies with your Elf on the Shelf?

Why use produce? For starters, it is accessible and convenient. Simply grab a few extra fruits and veggies each week during your regular grocery run. These can be items you already plan to use in your meals for the week. Double win!

Secondly, each time a child is exposed to a fruit or vegetable, it builds their curiosity and they are more likely to eventually give it a try. And when they see their beloved Elf playing with a fruit or veggie, that can be especially powerful.

Perhaps most convincingly, these ideas are easy to execute and come together quickly! If you’re looking for last minute Elf on the Shelf ideas, consider using one of the following as none of them take more than a few minutes to set up.

easy elf on the shelf ideas using fruits and veggies

Here are 10 easy Elf on the Shelf ideas using items from the produce department. Each takes less than 10 minutes to assemble.

1. elf plays with cookie cutters

Elf knows cookie cutters aren’t just for making cookies! He is using them to make fun Christmas shapes out of watermelon, although any melon variety or pineapple would work. Elf is willing to share his creations, too. Leave a little note from Elf telling your child she is welcome to enjoy his Christmas melon creations.

Easy Elf on the Shelf Idea

2. Elf makes silly faces on fruit

Elf got a little lonely so he decided to make some produce friends! He raided the fruit basket and used googly-eye stickers and a marker to create friendly faces. What names will your child choose for Efl’s new fruit friends?

Elf on the Shelf Makes Silly Faces on Fruit

3. Elf rides an orange caterpillar

Without Santa’s sleigh nearby, Elf had to figure out another mode of transportation. Line up a few oranges to create the caterpillar’s body and use toothpicks and blueberries for the antennas.

Last Minute Elf on the Shelf ideas

4. Elf Makes A Candy Cane with bananas and strawberries

Elf was craving a sweet snack but decided to skip the candy and enjoy a banana and strawberry candy cane instead! He had his share overnight. Leave a note from Elf inviting your child to enjoy this one for breakfast.

Elf makes a candycane snack

5. Elf Sleds through snow

Looks like it snowed last night! The Great Cauliflower Blizzard of ’21 is the perfect reason to break out the sled and go for a joy ride. Elf’s St. Bernard pet is helping pull him through the cauliflower snowfall.

Elf sleds through snow

6. Elf makes a watermelon reindeer

Elf was missing his friend Rudolph so he turned a mini watermelon into a red-nosed reindeer using a raspberry and pipe cleaners.

Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas

7. elf plays pineapple peekaboo

Mele Kalikimaka! Elf is feeling those tropical holiday vibes in her new pineapple abode. Help Elf create her holiday home by coring a pineapple and cutting off the top to create a roof. Place her inside and let her peek out to say hello!

Last Minute Elf on the Shelf ideas

8. Elf stacks firewood

Baby, it’s cold outside! Elf is preparing for a cold winter’s night by bringing in firewood (aka baby carrots) on her sled. If your home has a fireplace, set up this scene on the hearth.

Last minute elf on the shelf ideas

9. Elf makes a bunch of Minions

Do you hear gibberish? Kevin, Stuart, and Bob… Elf created a bunch of Minions from bananas!

Elf on the Shelf makes Minions from Bananas

10. Elf takes a ride on a red-nosed pet

Turn your Elf pet into a red-nosed reindeer with the help of a raspberry. The quickest last minute Elf on the Shelf idea on the list, simply place a berry on the nose of your Elf’s pet and call it a night!

Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Need more easy Elf on the Shelf ideas? See last year’s list here. 

What kinds of antics will your Elf be getting into this year? Share your Elf’s fruit and veggie shenanigans with other parents in our Facebook community or by tagging us on Instagram @theproducemoms.

Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas Using Fruits and Veggies

About Lori

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

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