Stocking stuffers don't have to be expensive or even come from the store. Check out these great DIY ideas to make your own easy and affordable stocking stuffers for kids.

stocking stuffers- DIY no-slip socks

DIY no-slip socks

What you'll need:

  • Socks
  • Puffy paint
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors

What you'll do:

  1. Cut 2 pieces of cardboard that are small enough to fit inside the socks. Slide 1 piece of cardboard inside each sock.
  2. Paint a design on the bottom of the socks with the puffy paint.
  3. Set the socks in a safe place to dry. Once the paint has dried, the no-slip socks are ready to wear!

stocking stuffers- DIY I-Spy jar

DIY I-Spy jar

What you'll need:

  • Smooth-sided Mason jar
  • Assorted small toys
  • Rice
  • Hot glue gun

What you'll do:

  1. Pour about 1 inch of rice in the bottom of the Mason jar. Add a few toys to the jar, then layer some more rice on top of the jar.
  2. Keep layering rice and toys until the jar is filled. Leave about 1 inch of space below the top rim of the jar.
  3. Put some hot glue around the rim of the Mason jar, and then screw on the lid.
  4. Shake the jar and move it around to try to spot the different toys hidden inside the jar.

stocking stuffers- Easy ribbon dancer craft

Easy ribbon dancer craft

What you'll need:

  • Wooden circle
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Ribbons
  • Scissors
  • Match (optional)

What you'll do:

  1. Paint the wooden circle (I used a wooden "O" from the craft store) and let it dry.
  2. Cut 6 to 8 pieces of ribbon that are each 4 feet long.
  3. Fold a piece of ribbon in half, slide the fold through the opening in the circle, and then feed the ends of the ribbon through the loop and pull it tight.
  4. Repeat for the remaining pieces of ribbon.
  5. If you would like to keep the edges of the ribbon from fraying, light a match and carefully touch the cut end of the ribbon to the flame. The heat will seal the edges so they won't unravel.

stocking stuffers- Handmade snowman earmuffs

Handmade snowman earmuffs

What you'll need:

  • Headband
  • White fur fabric
  • Rigid fusible interfacing
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Googly eyes
  • Orange felt
  • Black pom poms
  • Ribbon

What you'll do:

  1. Cut out 4 (4-inch) circles from the white fur, then cut out 2 circles of the same size from the rigid interfacing.
  2. Sandwich 1 interfacing circle between 2 fur circles, with the furry sides facing out. Heat up the iron, then slide the end of the headband between the 2 layers of fur. Use the iron to fuse the layers of fabric together. Note: You will probably want to use a towel or pressing cloth between your iron and the fur.
  3. Repeat step 2 for the other side of the headband.
  4. Glue 2 googly eyes to the outside of the circles on either side of the headband.
  5. Cut out 2 carrot noses from the orange felt and glue them below the googly eyes.
  6. Below each carrot nose, create a smile by gluing black pom poms to the snowman's face.
  7. Glue a piece of ribbon around the outside of the snowman heads to finish the edges.


Lego soap project

Lego soap project

Taking a bath has never been so fun! You can use Lego-shaped ice cube trays to make fun and colorful Lego soaps for kids! Kat at Just Crafty Enough has a complete tutorial.

Finger puppet stocking stuffers

Finger puppet stocking stuffers

Looking for the perfect gift for a younger child? Little ones will have hours of fun with these creative handmade finger puppets. The Idea Room shows you how to make them step by step.

Marble maze

Marble maze

A Girl and a Glue Gun has a handy tutorial showing you how to whip up these easy marble mazes with minimal sewing skills required!

Easy DIY puzzle gift

Easy DIY puzzle gift

We just love this DIY wooden snowflake puzzle tutorial from B-inspired mama, and we think your kids will love it too!

Painted peg people

Painted peg people

Homemade by Jill put together these amazing hand-painted peg dolls crafted after beloved characters. She has a boy set and a girl set that any kid would be thrilled to receive!

DIY paper yo-yos

DIY paper yo-yos

For a fast, inexpensive and mess-free stocking stuffer idea, check out the easy tutorial on Hiragana Mama. All you need is some wrapping paper, tape and chopsticks!

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