Did you get an orange in your stocking when you were growing up? I always did, right in the toe. Something to do with Santa paying someone’s dowry or my grandpa having to eat the orange “peel-n-all” during the depression or something like that. I thought these surprise balls would be a fun twist on that old tradition. They can be made big or small, I tried to keep mine close to the size of a small grapefruit (it’s supposed to be an orange after all).
several different colors of crape paper including orange
small surprises (stickers, erasers, etc.)
green construction paper
First cut the crape paper in half (HonestlyWTF suggests using crape paper sheets and cutting it into stripes but I wasn’t sure where to find that in town so I used streamers). This step was a little tedious.
Start wrapping your surprises up! I started with something round (a light-up ball) to help get the right shape. Just wrap the first surprise in crape paper until it is fully covered. Then switch colors and add another surprise. Keep wrapping and adding items until everything is inside! Make sure to use orange for the final layer.
Now that everything is all wrapped up. Use a dab of glue to secure the end. Then cut a couple small leaves from the construction paper and glue them over the end and glue the button on top of the leaves. Let it dry and it’s ready to be unwrapped!
If you wanted to tell the story behind the tradition, you could add it on strips of paper with the surprises.
Side note: Dogs don’t really like crape paper
My stocking stuffer giveaway is over and the winner was notified this morning by email. Thank you all for participating. It was quite successful and I will definitely be doing it again!
With stockings and Christmas on the brain, here are some
things I want stocking stuffer ideas for the twenty-something, creative woman you know. Perhaps you’ll see a few things you need to pass on to your own personal Santa.
For all the links and a lot more ideas check out my ever-growing pinterest boards:
I’ve really gotten a jump on my Christmas shopping, just a few things left to order from Amazon. It feels good to be ahead, but I’m nowhere near close to finished. Now I have the whole month of December to focus on making gifts for the rest of my list!
In the spirit of giving and as a big thanks to all you guys for following, I put together a little stocking stuffer giveaway to help you get started on your boyfriend/husband/son/your own/whoever’s stocking.
Key Chain • Mini Sketchbook • Mini First Aid Kit • LED Flashlight
Quintin Co. Beanie • Little Trees Car Air Freshener • Whoopee Cushion
You must enter through the Rafflecopter link below. You have 5 chances to enter: Follow my blog, Leave a contact email address, Comment on this post, Follow me on Pinterest, and Follow me on Twitter.
This giveaway will run until Sunday December 1st at midnight. Winner will be randomly selected, notified via email, and announced here on Monday December 2nd. Winner will have 48 hours to respond with their address or a new winner will be chosen.
For some stocking stuffer ideas, check out my Pinterest boards:
Stocking Stuffers for Him
Stocking Stuffers for Her
I saw these adorable matchboxes from Kim’s Little Monsters and thought I would make some of my own. These will make great little gifts or stocking stuffers. The best part is that you can use whatever supplies you have on hand and really personalize them. Don’t worry too much about making them perfect, the imperfections add to their charm.
scrapbook paper/paper/washi tape
pens/markers/colored-pencils/paints (whatever you prefer)
First wrap the outside.
Then draw the cover. Cut to size and glue on the top.
Now decorate the inside. Cut a decorative background and glue it into place. Then make a character. If you’re not a great at drawing, you can use a photo or clipart. Cut out your character and glue to a small piece of cardboard (smaller than the character so you won’t see it). This will add depth. Glue it into place.
Lastly, add words of encouragement. Draw a ribbon and write in something sweet. Cut it out and leave a tab on the side. Fold and glue the tab to the side of the matchbox.
I went to the mall this past weekend and it was packed. Having a flashback to last year, I decided I need to get all my Christmas shopping done ASAP. I don’t want to step foot in a store after Thanksgiving. No parking garage traffic jams, crowded stores, and mile-long lines for me.
So this week I got right to work figuring out who/what I needed. Luckily I don’t have many people to shop for as most of my family/friends will be getting handmade gifts or paintings.
Here are some stocking stuffer ideas for the man in your life.
For links to this stuff and the rest of the ideas I came up with in the process check out my pinterest boards:
What do you guys think? Any other ideas?
These delicious, small-batch, handmade chocolates that I won from Kerry at Love Those “Hands At Home” came in the mail today. Two of my favorite things mail and chocolate! What a good day.They are from her Etsy shop, Kerry Can, where she shares her passion for candy making and some of her vintage finds. In addition to these 3 yummy candy bars, she included an assortment of chocolate covered caramels that were amazing! I’ve tried my hand at caramel making before and have never been able to produce something so perfect. Kerry has clearly mastered the process. The caramel was buttery-sweet and gooey but didn’t stick to my teeth too much like some caramels.
Turtles have always been my favorite candy and these did not disappoint. But the ginger caramels may be my new favorite! Wow! I have no idea why I’ve never had a ginger caramel before, these should be in every heart-shaped candy box. You will not regret ordering a batch of these, but you may regret how quickly they disappear. They will definitely test your self-control.
Thank so much Kerry! Keep up the delicious work!