Guess Who’s Headed Into Quarantine? The Elf On The Shelf

by Jacque Gonzales

With the upcoming Scout Elf Return Week – when each child’s Elf On The Shelf returns from the North Pole – taking place November 24th – December 1st – it means that Santa’s little home observers are going to need to quarantine for their first 14 days when they arrive! Yes, 14 days of them staying in the SAME PLACE in your home. I can hear the collective sigh of relief from adults around the globe!!!

Since the same Covid-19 safety guidelines apply to our friendly Elf of The Shelf – and they’ll want to S-Elf Isolate upon their arrival – there’s some prep we’ll need to do!


Since the Elf is small – and super flexible – this should be pretty easy! However, they still need to be able to see what’s going on in your home from wherever they sit for 14 days. You can choose a clear plastic container, glass jar, or one of the cleverly made quarantine boxes that I found on Etsy or the glass jars with lids from Target!


There’s one more fantastic option from Brett at This Mama Loves – where you can print out a paper version of a quarantine box – and she gives you all the directions to set it up! Plus, she has paper masks to print too! The Elf needs a face mask too!


SECOND: An Elf Sized Facemask

They’re really simple to make at home from things you can easily find. I found an easy to make Elf face mask tutorial from Allison at Everyday Shortcuts! All you’ll need are a shop towel, paper towel, string, and a glue gun!

If you crochet, this adorable Elf face mask from Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me could be made very quickly!


THIRD: An Official Elf Quarantine Notice

Since the family needs to keep track of exactly how long your Elf has been quarantining – what better way than this easy to print off notice from Macaroni Kid! Simply add 14 days to the day your Elf On The Shelf returns to start the quarantine – and put that date on the notice!


For anyone who’s new to having an Elf On The Shelf in their home – here are some great resources:

When quarantine is over – and your Elf starts turning up in different places in your home each morning – check out some fun ideas from The Pioneer Woman – 25 Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas You’ve Got to Try This December

25 Funny Elf On The Shelf Ideas

AND…check out the creative Elf On The Shelf ideas that I have on my Pinterest board!

Elf On The Shelf Pinterest Board

Have fun ideas for Elf On The Shelf? Please share them below in the comment section!

Stay healthy everyone!

💜 Jacque

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Marianne Lamberts November 26, 2020 - 2:40 PM

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Jacque!

Darlene rose November 26, 2020 - 2:30 AM

That’s so cute Jacque. Just want to wish you and family a happy thanksgiving.

Susan Peters November 26, 2020 - 1:23 AM

Your Elf on the Shelf ideas are so creative! Thank you. Miss seeing you on TV. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!!!


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