By Alyssa Green
Christmas is just three days away. Are you ready? Some of you are nodding your head “yes,” but the rest of you are panicking!
Although I usually have my “big” shopping done way ahead of time, I consistently struggle with what to put in my kids’ stockings and then end up doing what I swear each year that “I’m not going to do again next year!” I go back out, brave the holiday shopping center crowds looking for those last minute stocking gifts.
If you are in the same boat, then this post is for you. Here are three easy and fun do-it-yourself stocking stuffer gifts your kids will love! You decide whether the best part of each of these ideas is that you don’t have to risk your life vying for a parking space, or that the cost of these items is practically zero. Either way, enjoy!
First up: Candy Cane Playdough
This is a photo of candy cane playdough made by my good friend Stacie for her son’s classmates. She found the idea, recipe and directions here, but made a few changes to the packaging. First she washed out tall baby food jars (which she had on hand) and spray painted the lids. In the making of the dough, she used peppermint extract instead of essential oil. After the dough was made and placed in the jars, they were wrapped in clear celophane bags and tied with a cute tag. Voila!
Next up: Recycled Crayons
These mini star crayons were made by yours truly as a gift to my preschoolers last year. Now, I have to admit that although the actual making of them was a cinch, it can get a bit messy. And cleaning up wax is somewhat time consuming. However, I had been collecting broken crayons for years, not wanting to throw them out so finally recycling them was a wonderful feeling. For directions, click here.
Last, but not least: Paper Crafts
If you have boys, you know they love paper airplanes. How about printing out some 3D paper models (cars, trucks, airplanes, etc.) for them to color and then fold and glue? Papertoys.com has some great printouts. You could make a little book for your kids stocking!
What little girl doesn’t love paper dolls? Click here for some free vintage paper doll printouts. I don’t happen to have any little girls in my family, but I just might have to print some of these out for my stocking!
Well, I hope you find these stocking stuffer gift ideas as fun and interesting as I do. Each project encourages creativity away from the t.v. and computer. Yay! Hopefully your kids will like them too!
We wish you all a very wonderful holiday!