Dec 042016
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This year marks the 4th year that our Elf on the shelf, Snowy,  has come to visit us. My oldest son (age 12) does not believe in any of the Christmas magic anymore….sigh, but my 9 year old does and I want to do as much as I can to keep the magic alive for him.

Back when I first got the EOTS (Elf on the Shelf) for our house, both of my boys were both believers and I thought it would be fun to have Snowy get into all sorts of shenanigans overnight while the boys slept.  They would wake up each morning in December anxious to see what kind of mischief that Snowy got into while they slept.  They loved every mess he made, but by the third year (last year), I was out of ideas.  My youngest made to to note that Snowy had sure gotten lame since his first year at our house.  Gee, thanks kid.

Anyhow, I am struggling yet again this year, but I was able to come up with this cute Pikachu idea since both of my boys were SO into Pokemon Go over the summer.  It only took me a few minutes and they both thought it was funny (even the non-believer).

Easy Elf on the Shelf Idea for Pokemon Fans

Here’s what you need:

  • Bunch of bananas
  • Red and black Sharpie markers
  • White puffy paint
  • Elf on the shelf


Here’s what you do:
1. First draw on two black circles for eyes.


2. Then draw on two slightly larger red circles for cheeks.


3. Next draw on a little black nose and mouth.
4. Now draw on two black triangle ears, coloring in the tips and a black poky tail, also coloring in the tip.


5. Use your white puffy paint to draw a dot in each black eye, and let your bananas dry overnight.


I’m looking for other ideas this year, so let me hear your best ones! Pretty please?

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  90 Responses to “Easy Elf on the Shelf Idea for Pokemon Fans”

  1. oh’s super cute, Robin! What a great idea and fun as well..

  2. Oh my gosh, how adorable is this? What a fun Elf on the Shelf idea for Pokemon fans. I love how simple (yet adorable) it is!

  3. That’s such a cute idea! My grandkids have had their elf visit for several years. A couple of years ago he was joined by Blizzard, the reindeer. This year, the little dog, Jingle, joined the group. I think they are all adorable.

  4. That is so great! All it takes is a marker to make something the kids will really love. Great use of creativity and simplicity.

  5. Cute idea. We have two elves and they love to be a part of our family this holiday season. This is a great idea!

    • We have our elf for the first year ever. I am looking forward to as my granddaughter grows and we can do more interesting things with it.

  6. What a adorable and different Elf on the Shelf idea. That guy certainly gets around. Simple and easy. Kids will love it.

  7. Oh my gosh my son would love this. He is very very much into Pokémon right now. I went to the store the other day and I could not find anything in the store for Pokémon. This would be a fun way to have fruit in his lunch at school.

  8. Oh my goodness that is amazing, so simple yet so effective, I’ve just shared it on with a friend as I think she needs to do this for her son haha!

  9. That’s such a great idea! My kids love Elf on the Shelf, and after a few years, I’ve begun to run out of ideas.

  10. Oh, I love that idea! Will definitely have to remember it for when my son is older!

  11. haha I love the banana’s what an awesome idea! You should totally get your 11 year old to help you out! If he doesn’t believe he can be part of the planning, I’m sure he’ll be brimming with ideas once you ask.

  12. Whatttt!!! That is a wonderful idea! I’ve never thought about it, you are so creative <3

  13. Super clever way to add more fun to this Elf on the Shelf! I think its a really fun activity and I know adults who do it who have no kids!

  14. Oh so fun!!!! My kids would love to be surprised with this!

  15. This is too fun. I know a few kids who would love this.

  16. This is too cute! Our little one is only 11 months so he’s too little to understand the Elf on the Shelf but I can’t wait until he’s older and does –saving this!

  17. OK This is the cutest idea ever! All three of my kids are obsessed with Pokemon right now and they would absolutely love this!

  18. That is such a cute Elf on the Shelf idea for kids who love Pokemon. This would have been great if Scout Elves were a big thing when my son was little.

  19. Great ideas! I’m always looking for super easy, quick ideas. Ours just usually moves around from spot to spot.

  20. Haha my partner would love to do this. Such a clever idea. I am loving all the elf inspiration this year

  21. My kids are big into Pokemon, so this would be right up their alley. We don’t do the EOTS in our house. My kids are “too old” for that stuff lol

  22. Honestly I had no idea what Elf on the Shelf was for YEARS, and I remember thinking it was a game people bought at the store but I finally know what’s going on and it feels so good to be in the know. LOL! xx Adaleta Avdic

  23. I still got 2 believers in the house – and they would love this idea, being Pokemon crazy too. But the Elf is banned in my house — I’m too scatter brained and would never remember. Like, I cannot even tell you how many times the Tooth Fairy missed our home. It’s an awfully high number of times!

  24. What a great idea. That elf sure gets into everything.

  25. Oh this is great. I will have to show a few friends of mine this awesome elf on the shelf idea haha classic.

  26. This is really cute. Pokemon holiday ideas are perfect this year with the new DS games and Pokemon Go being so popular.

  27. This is cute! I never did understand the whole elf on the shelf thing but I see a lot of people talking about it =)

  28. I love the antics of the Elf on the Shelf. Ours stays in pretty much the same place all the time and freaks my husband out. LOL>

  29. This is really cute idea for EOTS! I personally do not do this, yet anyways. But i will share this idea with my friends who are always look for new ideas.

  30. What a fun idea! My daughter loves Pokemon and I bet she’d get a kick out of this!

  31. What a fun and cute idea. We don;t do elf on a shelf, but I know a lot of people that do. Seems fun.

  32. I don’t have any children so I don’t know much about the whole Elf on the Shelf thing but this is a really cute idea. I’m going to share it with some of my friends who have children, they’re always looking for ideas.

  33. This is such a super cute idea. We always run out of things to do with our elf.

  34. Super cute idea. I may go out to my kitchen now and make some mischeif. Our elf just moves around to different locations.

  35. These are great! My boys would love these we are obsessed with Pokemon right now.

  36. I am all about easy Elf on the Shelf ideas. Speaking of, I should probably go and move ours right now, but I’m pretty comfy here on the couch…

  37. We don’t do elf on a shelf but definitely this looks like a lovely idea for many households. Love how you draw the cute pikachu on the banana!

  38. It’s looks so easy having Pikachu bananas. Definitely, a great treat for Pokemon fans.

  39. This is such a fun idea. My girls love our elf. They named him Sparkles.

  40. Funny pokemon idea! I think it’s adorable and kids will definitely dig this! I love how easy it is to recreate!

  41. Funny pokemon idea! I think it’s adorable and kids will definitely dig this! I love how easy it is to recreate!

  42. I love the Pokemon bananas that is such a cool idea. I have always wondered what the significance of the elf on the shelf is do you know?

  43. I love this idea! Super cute! I have a friend doing elf on the shelf this year! Definitely sharing this to her!

  44. Such a cute idea and I love how artistic you are with things, even with bananas! Really digging this idea.

  45. HAHA I love this idea! Two great themes wrapped into one little show.

  46. This is a very cute idea.
    It is amazing how popular this has been.

  47. This is cute! I’m always about easy with that dang elf.

  48. Bananas transform to pikachu this is so lovely. I love pokemons this is so cute.

  49. Cute things. Nice idea! My friend favorites is pokemon he really like that pikachu.

  50. So cute! Although I ditched elf on the shelf my daughter and husband bought a new elf, not the exact same – anyways he just moves around from place to place. I wish I had the energy to do fun things. LOL. I love looking at them though I think its so fun and magical for kids, this is a really cute idea!

  51. First of all, this is super cute and clever! What I love even more about it, is that it’s simple! I’ve seen some pretty complex Elf ideas that would leave me scratching my head trying to replicate…but this is perfect!

  52. LOL! Your Pokemon bananas are really cute. And it looks really easy to do. Too many projects take too long. Yay for simple things!

  53. I love this Elf on the Shelf idea. The Bananas turned out great. I am going to do this tomorrow.

  54. We just started Elf on the Shelf and I am always looking for new ideas. This one is so cute and creative!

  55. Hahaha.. This banana looks so funny.. What a great idea you have.. Looks so good to decorate with the elf.

  56. Love your unique and creative idea.. The banana looks so funny and it is very attractive to see with the elf for decorations.

  57. So cute! My kids were too old when Elf on the Shelf came out, but I’d love to do this for grandchildren.

  58. What a fun idea. I am going to share this with a friend… her son and husband are soooo into Pokemon.

  59. I just did the same exact thing but with minions. Thanks to Pinterest, my kids had a fun morning!

  60. The creative Masshole Mom does it again! This is to cute and creative wow great job on the banana pikachu!

  61. I think this is a great idea. My girls love Pokemon! I don’t do elf on the shelf though. I think I need to start it next year!

  62. I am going to need to try this with my son this week. My Elf has been so naughty already this week… he keeps forgetting to move every night! 😉

  63. Haha! That’s funny! I would have never thought that Pikachu looked like a banana. That sneaky Elf on a Shelf really knows his shenanigans.

  64. This is such a cute idea! My kids would love to see this with our elf.

  65. Those banana Pikachus are so cute! This would make any child laugh 🙂

  66. Love this! My boys enjoy Pokemon Go and they would definitely know the bananas are Pikachu. We just did a LEGO throne for our elf to sit on. They were pretty fascinated by that.

  67. What a fantastic twist on the classic Elf on a Shelf game! I know some pokemon lovers who would really enjoy this!

  68. This is a good one. My son was into the same game this summer. 🙂

  69. Haha! That’s awesome. My kids aren’t into pokemon yet and they are too little to really appreciate the mischief these elves can cause so we haven’t gotten into it yet.

  70. I can’t even believe how creative this is! Superb!

  71. Ha! That’s such a cute idea. I love crafty and involved you got with this project.

  72. What a fun idea for Pokemon fans. My son would love this if he seen his elf playing Pokemon with bananas. Super cute.

  73. OMGoodness…the Pikachu bananas are too cute. I have never done Elf on a Shelf…I feel like I’m missing out.

  74. You;ve been quite creative with the elf series. I must confess, it’s entertaining. Haha.

  75. Ok, I refuse to do elf on a shelf. However, your Pikachu bananas are ADORABLE!!!!!!

  76. This is my first year doing elf on the shelf, so much fun. Great idea, I need to add it to my list for the coming weeks!

  77. Very cute idea!! I just sent it to my hubs because he was supposed to move the elf today before the kids get home from school and they love pokemon!!

  78. I have never really understood elf on the shelf! I don’t have kids so I don’t do it obviously, and I was definitely before this era. Looks cute though!

  79. Such a lovely idea for the naughty elf!

  80. Super cute idea! Thankfully I have a few years before I have to start getting creative like this but I love it!

  81. This is such a cute idea! My kids would adore this!

  82. Oooo so many cute ideas!!!! Perfect for all the Pokémon loving kiddos out there!

  83. Now this is just way to cute ana creative!!

  84. My son and my nephew are obsessed with Pokemon. They would really get a kick out of a themed Elf on the Shelf moment.

  85. That elf looks creepy hhahaa or i watch to many horror movies. Guess i gota try this next time

  86. Oh wow hahahaha I am loving it. People are becoming more creative with Elf of the shelf

  87. This is so lovely! My son would like this one he loves making like that he is so creative i will tell him this now!

  88. Really cute idea! My kids would love this as well. Thanks for sharing.

  89. That’s a fantastic prop idea for Elf on the Shelf!