Last Second DIY Stocking Stuffers

There are just hours to go before Santa is supposed to be arriving and you realize that the stockings are not quite as stuffed as you intended them to be. Or maybe you have added an extra guest to your Christmas day celebrations and want a little extra something to give them as a token of the season. Except you have no time for a mall trip and all the gas station has to offer is some discount chocolate bars that look like they may have been discounted for a reason…

No need to panic though. here are some simple last minute DIY stocking stuffer ideas that you should be able to pull off before setting out the milk and cookies for Santa!

Wall Mount Cell Phone Holder

cell phone holderEveryone from tweens to Grandma has a cell phone these days and this is a clever little stocking stuffer that you can make from a simple plastic bottle and you know you have plenty of those lying around the house!

What You’ll Need

A clean 15-ounce plastic bottle (flatter ones are better)
Scissors, box cutter, and/or X-Acto knife
Cutting mat
Pen
Fabric (about 12 by 14 inches)
Foam brush
White school glue

 

How It’s Done

Measure just how tall you need the cellphone holder to be by holding a cellphone up against the bottle (you will want the top to peek out) Draw a straight line in the right spot across the front of the bottle. On the back, curve the line upward and back down the other side as this will be the holder’s handle.

Cut out along the lines very carefully. On the ‘back’ of the holder mark out a small square and cut that out too, as that will be used to ‘poke’ the charger through.

Carefully trim your fabric roughly down to size. Using the foam brush, apply glue evenly all over the outside of the bottle. Stretch the fabric taut all around the sides of the bottle until it is wrinkle free. Trace the bottom of the bottle on the fabric and cut and glue the ‘bottom piece’ of fabric as well. Place the holder upside down over a bottle or similar to allow it to dry for a few hours before wrapping.

Cookie in a Jar

cookieA layered cookie in a jar is easy to put together, looks attractive and is bound to be a hit with gift recipients of all ages!

 

 

 

 

 

What You’ll Need

1 1/3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Fabric scrap
Index card

In a clean, dry glass jar layer the ingredients in the order that they are listed above. Use a nice piece of fabric to make a topper for the lid.

Include an index card with the following instructions so that tou reipient knows how to bake the cookies!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees . In a bowl, combine 1/2 cup melted butter or margarine, 1 egg, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Blend in entire contents of the jar. Shape into balls and bake for 11 to 13 minutes in the preheated oven. Transfer from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.

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