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15 Best Homemade Stocking Stuffers Ideas and Projects

If we’re being fully honest with you, filling our family’s Christmas stockings is actually one of our very favourite parts of Christmas. We’ve always really loved picking out all the different little stocking stuffers that we think each person will love. What’s even better than finding things in stores, however, is making our very own stocking stuffers! That’s why we’ve been on the looking for awesome DIY stocking stuffer tutorials all week.

Are you feeling just as interested as we were, if not more, in the idea of making your very own DIY stocking stuffers this holiday season? Check out these awesome ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search!

1. DIY ice cream ball photo holder


Do you know a friend who is just nostalgic enough to be the kind of person that hangs photos with their loved ones all over the place, even in their cubicle at work or in their dorm room? In that case, we think they’d get a kick out of receiving a cute homemade photo stand or holder in their Christmas stocking! We love these adorable pastel melted ice cream photo stands outlined step by simple step on Demetres.

2. Ombre kumihimo yarn friendship bracelets


If you ask us, any kind of homemade gift is a stellar show of love or friendship, especially around the holidays. That’s even more true if it’s something the person you’re giving it to can wear! We’ve always been huge fans of friendship bracelets but we recently discovered this tutorial from Tried & True Creative that outlines the process for making ombre coloured kumihimo yarn bracelets and we just can’t get over how much we enjoyed them.

3. Homemade lavender lip balm


If you’re going to put in all the time and effort it takes to make your family members something for their Christmas stocking, would you rather make it something entirely from scratch? Perhaps you’re simply related to a beauty products lover who has been exploring with natural recipes and ingredients lately and loving it. Either way, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Martha Stewart outlines the process for making these lovely lavender based lip balms, with customizations for adding basil, lemon, or mint!

4. Hand knitted floral coffee cozies


Even though you’re a well rounded crafting enthusiast, have you always really been a knitting enthusiast above all else? Then why not put your needles to good use making cute little stocking stuffer gifts for your family? The coffee lovers in your house will really appreciate something like these adorable hand knitted coffee cozies outlined in detail on Mom Advice, complete with a knitted flower embellishment if you like.

5. DIY pocket hand warmers


Perhaps you’re quite into the idea of fabric based handmade wares in stockings but you’ve always been more of a hand stitcher than a knitter? Well, if you also happen to live in a very cold place, then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how I Heart Naptime made these adorable pocket hand warmers that your loved ones can pop in the microwave and take with them in their coat before leaving the house in chilly weather! They’re even easier to make than they look.

6. DIY fabric keychains


Have we actually really caught your attention the best so far with this mention of using your hand stitching and sewing skills to make something your family members might actually use, but you’re just not sure the hand warmer is quite the idea for you? Then maybe you’d rather help your family keep their keys contained and easy to find! Check out how Craftiness is Not Optional used scraps from their fabrics and notions stash to t make these adorable DIY material keychains, which they show you how to shape and embellish in different ways.

7. DIY mason jar embroidery kit


Is the person you’re trying to make a gift for actually also a stitch crafting lover but they’re a bit more of a beginner? Perhaps you’ve just been trying to turn one of your family members onto the joys of hand stitching techniques and you’re looking for fun ways to get them started. In either case, we’d suggest taking a look at how Super Mom, No Cape put together these DIY embroidery jars that fit right into a stocking and contain all kinds of useful notions and tools to start a small beginner’s craft right then and there on Christmas morning.

8. DIY creaseless hair ties


Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about the idea of making a stocking stuffer that’s perfect for the beauty enthusiast in your life but they’ve always been more of a hair stylist than a makeup lover? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at the way Life in The Green House made these super simple and colourful hair ties from creaseless elastic!

9. Custom cross stitch phone case


Perhaps you’re looking for a way to share your own embroidery skills with someone you love but in a manner that pays homage to something they like too, since they’ve never expressed an interested in learning how to do it themselves despite really admiring your work? Well, particularly if there’s a super hero lover in your house, then we think you’ll get a real kick out of the way Wee Little Stitches outlines the steps for this awesome Batman and Wonder Woman embroidered phone case! It’s actually a lot easier to do than it might look at first glance.

10. Origami paper mini books


If you happen to be the kind of crafter who adores simple paper projects and you also happen to know someone who likes to keep organized and make notes, then we’re pretty sure How About Orange has found the perfect DIY stocking stuffer for you! Take a better look at their tutorial to see how these cute little origami notebooks with brightly patterned covers were made.

11. DIY lotion bars for dry winter weather


Did we really pique your curiosity when we started talking about the idea of making homemade beauty products that will ward off winter dryness but you know that your own elbows and hands get just as dry as your lips do around this time of year? Well, chances are pretty good that your family experience the same thing. That’s why we thought these subtly fragrant DIY lotion bars from Woman’s Day were such a great idea! They show you how to make all different kinds nice and naturally.

12. Homemade natural perfumes


If scent is something you know that your beauty-loving family members are into and they aren’t allergic or sensitive to strong smells, then perhaps a custom, homemade perfume would actually be the best possible beauty based thing you could actually make them and put in their stocking! Get the full details for making light, pretty DIY perfumes that are perfect for the holidays on Hello Glow.

13. Homemade natural aftershave


Just in case you’re still feeling really into this whole natural beauty products idea but you’re also looking for something that’s slightly less feminine, here’s a better homemade gift for those in your life who shave their faces. Take a closer look at the ingredients and instructions on Live Simply to see how this fragrant but natural (and wonderful smelling) DIY aftershave was made!

14. DIY zipped earbud pouch


Are you actually still scrolling through our list thinking about how much you’d love to put your simple sewing skills to good use, but the person you’re still trying to make something for is a music lover first and foremost? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a good look at how Dog Under My Desk made this cute earbuds pouch keychain that’s perfect for keeping cords from getting tangled and keeping headphones easily on hand fortunes any time!

15. DIY quilted candle mat (with included candle)


Is the person whose stocking you’re still trying to stuff a total home decor lover who swaps over their whole scheme seasonally, scattering your whole home with lovely holiday pieces? Then perhaps you’d have the most luck playing into that a little with your own DIY skills! We’d encourage you to check out this tutorial from Super Mom, No Cape that teaches you step by step how to quilt this little candle mat and decorate a candle to gift along with it.

Have you made other kinds of awesome DIY stocking stuffers before that were a huge hit with your friends and family but that you don’t see anything quite similar to here on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!