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 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?