The family gets bigger and bigger each year. This year we will be making stockings for 13 adults and 12 kids! Typically I have bought 3 items for each adult stocking and 4 for the kids. Also included in the stockings are an orange, a candy cane, and chocolate fun size candy.
As I was shopping for stocking stuffers this year, two things became apparent: One, that I would have to cut back on the number of items in each stocking to save money (shooting for 2 items for adults and 3-4 for kids) and two, I didn't want to get a bunch of cheap China crap.
So, I started thinking of easy things I could make, and quickly came up with a fun and easy list. Once I started working on the projects, I was amazed at how quickly I could turn things out. Most of the projects were completed in less than an hour (for example, the playdough - cooked, dyed, and packaged in 1 hour flat).
In addition to what is seen here, I will be making spiced nuts for the men and fudge for the women closer to Christmas. Here are the items made for the kids + tutorials/sources:
- For my oldest niece, Sarah, I found an unadorned t-shirt on clearance for $2 at Ross and added a rhinestone applique.
- I bought a kit from this etsy seller to make Sarah some ribbon covered barrettes.
- For the two oldest boys, I printed out a set of wind boats and made a toothpick mounted start flag and finish ribbon to tape onto the floor. The purchased car kits are also for them.
- For my second oldest niece, I made a hot mitt (no pattern) and a drawstring bag to hold a set of Christmas cookie making supplies found at the Target dollar spot.
- For two younger girls I made some felt covered barrettes.
- For my youngest niece, I made a fabric block with a reclaimed chime inside (no pattern).
- For the youngest boy, I made a little square comfort blanket with a ribbon loop (no pattern)
I estimate I will spend about $60 total (not including the oranges and candy) on the stocking stuffers. Not bad for 25 people! I feel good about the store bought stuff, too - not too junky.
I guess we'll have to tell everybody that Santa put his elves back to work this year versus outsourcing overseas!
Favorite of the day: Battery free robots
Working on: Tree and front door decor