Easy Elf on the Shelf Idea -- Elf Zipline! Tie a string from a curtain rod (or something high up close to the ceiling, and then find something across the room so the string spans the entire space.
Before I tied the second end to our staircase, I wrapped the elf up inside the string in about the middle of the room.
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