Stocking Stuffers You Can Make for the Kids

Here are five simple and easy stocking stuffers you can make for the kids. Added bonus — all of these are either free or very low-cost!! Yay for frugal and quick crafts!

1. Story Stones — A great way to encourage creativity and imagination! ((Thank you to Stacy from KSW for the idea to use story stones as stocking stuffers.))

2. Felt Pasta — Try cutting a sheet of ivory-colored felt into thin strips and presto! Instant fettuccine! Feeling more ambitious? Felt bow tie pasta and ravioli are quick beginner sewing projects.

3. Handmade Scratch Art Pages — Super easy to make!

4. Random Awesomeness — Some ideas include a sheet of bubble wrap rolled up and tied with a bow ((my kids love popping the stuff!)), a few sheets of color coding labels, tissue paper flowers, a small snack.

5. Pasta Necklace/Bracelet Kit — Die up some pasta, add a bit of string pre-knotted on one end with a bit of tape on the other end for easy beading.

Simple, easy, and very frugal!


  1. Dear Valerie,

    Rocks? In my stocking? It’s more likely than you think!


  2. I made felt bow tie pasta for my kids a few weeks ago! They love it!

  3. Thanks for sharing your ideas! I am excited about the idea of adding some bubble wrap to my nephew’s stocking. If time allows I’d also like to color some pasta for threading.

  4. LOL – I thought I was the only mom giving bubble wrap this year! I’ve been saving little bits and pieces from packages for months. I have a giant box of it wrapped up with both the kids’ names on it. It may just be the best gift of the year to them!

  5. I’ve seen the story stones done by painting on the rock, but I actually like your idea of using a black marker better, I like the simplicity of the pictures. This is definitely a project we’ll be doing very soon! And to Alicia C above, nope, you’re not the only one, my boys both have bubble wrap in their stocking this year as well!!!

  6. Thanks for the reminder about the bow tie pasta!

  7. I love some of those ideas! Especially the pasta one! And the felt pasta is SO cute! 🙂

  8. We love the story stones at our house – I highly recommend them. My personal favourite – our two babies in the old fashioned prams. So adorable! My 8 year old is actually making the scratch cards for my 5 year old this Christmas. 5 year old is making biscuits (cookies) shaped as Christmas trees for her big sister. Yay for homemade pressies!

  9. We just made the story stones for my daycare and the kids absolutely love them! Thanks!! I posted pics on my blog, but I wasn’t certain how to go about doing that here!