The Elf on the Shelf tradition started back in 2005 when Carol Aebersold and her daughter Chanda Bell self-published the book “The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition” along with a special box with a small Elf toy inside.

The idea behind it was that the elf would watch the kids during the day, then they report back to Santa at night while the kids are sleeping, and in the morning before the kids wake up, the elf flies back from the North Pole and finds a new spot so the kids can hunt for the elf when they wake up. During the month of December, they move around the house, engage with families, and hopefully bring a lot of joy to the children.

Fast forward to 2021 and that sneaky elf sure has been getting into a lot of trouble. Nowadays people go to great lengths to come up with fun ways to leave the elf around the house so that when the kids wake up they can see just how much trouble he/she got into through the night or the fun adventures they had.

This snack shack printable is so much fun and can be used in so many different ways. It comes in 3 bright colors, green, blue and gold/red. There are directions right on each printable so you know where to cut and fold. For a sturdy snack shack print on stock paper. You can click on the images to donwload/print.

These different colored canopies add a nice touch to the snack shack, you can just hang them over the top if you want to be able to switch out the colors or glue them on.

There are 24 different snack/food options to choose from, hot cocoa, cookies, popcorn, and pancakes. There is even a movie ticket one if you want to set it up to surprise the kids with a movie night, or maybe use the pizza one and treat them to a pizza night.

Don’t see one you want to use and maybe you have an idea for your own snack shack, no worries, there are some blank signs for you to create any shack you can think of!

I’m sharing some step-by-step photos to give you a visual while you are cutting and folding the snack shacks.

The kids will love waking up to see their elf with their very own snack shack and you can get so creative with it, or keep it simple.

I’d love to see some pictures in action of your elf and their adventures,  feel free to share on Instagram and tag me @printablesandcrafts