There’s just a little over a week left till Christmas Day. If you still need some ideas for easy, thoughtful and DIY Christmas Gifts and Stocking Stuffers check out this list. I surfed the web for ideas this morning with the thought of utilizing your computer printer to help you along. There’s a few more complicated gifts in the mix but most can be made in a few hours, less time than it takes to knit a pair of mittens. And you might already have the materials on hand. This is part of the sustainable stocking stuffer challenge. Check out some of the other ideas here:
Here’s 20 adorable draft snakes that you can sew, crochet or knit, using scrap material. Lay it along a window sill or across the bottom of a door frame and lower your carbon foot print while you keep your house warm. Most of these can be made from recyled fabrics or left over yarn, too. Fill with whole wheat, barley, popcorn or flax seed. I’m going to do a couple of these for our own back door.
Word Wall Art
Words are beautiful and powerful things. They can inspire or destroy. They can lift you up or bring you down. Choose your words wisely. Make your own word art. Pick a saying or phrase that inspires you and use it as the basis for a decorative gift for the word lover in your life. Here’s two inspirational ideas to get you started — a nursery word painting on wood and an adult word painting on canvas.
Hot Dog Hand Warmers
This idea comes from More Style Than Cash. They are adorable. I’d fill them with flax seed or Barley as the oil in the seeds retains the heat for longer. Don’t use popcorn.
These would make a great sustainable stocking stuffer and you can make them from fabric scraps or recyled clothing. The pattern is for a scotty dog, but you could find the favorite dog breed of your recipient and cut a silouette in the shape of that dog.
Sheet music oragami
Print two sided Christmas Carol Sheet music for “I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In” or another seasonal favourite, using your printer. Use the printed paper to fold origami sail boats for your Christmas Tree or give as gift toppers. You could make a set for different carols: Angels for Angels We Have Heard On High, A sheep for While Shepherds Watched, Fold a bell for Joy to the World. I love this one. The idea comes from The Charm of Home Blog
Another Music Sheet ornament.
This one uses a graphic from The Graphics Fairy to create an image that you can then play with to make a sensational vintage sheet music ornament for your tree or use it to create wrapping paper, or jewelry with photoshop.
And another sheet music ornament that uses a vintage Santa picture with a sheet music frame.
Grab an 8 x 2 piece of lumber and cut planks for sanding, painting and making words, like Joy, Peace, and Love.
A n Eye Chart with a Message
Find a meaningful message of only 28 letters and create an Eye-Chart on your Computer. Print it and frame it. What could be easier. Use this link to type in your message and generate your own eye chart.
Here’s a stocking stuffer to print and cover those chocolate bars that we all put in the Christmas stockings. This is another one from More Style Than Cash.
A Chess Set made from nuts and bolts
Check outthis flickr picture of a chess set made entirely by threading nuts and bolts on a threaded piece by Julia Suits. Scroll through the other pictures on the page to get an exploded view of each chess piece so that you can make one yourself. This would make a great stocking stuffer with a board make out of laminated paper.
Wooden Bread boards and Cutting Boards
Get a piece of lumber and give this a try with a jig saw, sandpaper and some mineral oil you can turn a piece of scrap lumber into a beautiful piece of kitchen art. This tutorial has 3 different sizes of natural and beautiful cutting boards. They use mineral oil as the finish — a petroleum byproduct. Consider linseed oil, for a nontoxic finish, instead. This one comes from CentsationalGirl
More printable Art
The Graphics Fairy has a lot of lovely graphic images that you can download and use in your craft work. Using transfer paper download the designs and play. Another quick craft to fill the stocking.
A Photo or graphic transfer tutorial
Transfer your graphic or a photo onto fabric using freezer paper and your ink jet printer. Heat seal with your iron or a heat gun and then sew up your project. Embellish if you want to. You could make a dozen sachet bags, gift bags, or mini pillows in an afternoon. Amazing! If you don’t sew use a fabric glue to finish the edges. See the tutorial from Mudpies & Marigolds.