Lots Of Homemade Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Christmas gifts are made all the more special when they are homemade.  If it is hard to come up with a primary gift item that is homemade, then adding in some smaller homemade gifts, such as stocking stuffers, is a great way to add in a personal touch.

Some of these ideas can also be used as teacher or housewarming gifts.

Here are some of the best homemade stocking stuffer ideas that can be used for a wide range of people.

1.  Pine Gift Coasters

pine coaster set

Most people can use coasters and all it takes to make these are a fallen log and some polyurethane.  I also covered the bottoms with felt to protect wood surfaces.

2.  Word Art Hot Chocolate by U Create Crafts.

hot chocolate stocking stuffer
Word art hot chocolate by U Create Crafts

For the hot chocolate lover, why not make it more personal by creating some word art to wrap around the container and/or cups?

3.  Nest necklaces tutorial by Sarah Ortega.

nest necklaces
Nest necklaces by Sarah Ortega

These pretty necklaces are easier to make then what they look!

4.  Wine Cork Keychains tutorial

wine cork keychain

5.  Customized Coffee Mugs by A Beautiful Mess.

customized coffee mugs
Customized coffee mugs by A Beautiful Mess

I love how you can customize plain white coffee mugs with just a Sharpie!  There is no end to the designs you can make.

6.  Candy Cane Sugar Scrub by Jacolyn Murphy.

candy cane sugar scrub
Candy cane sugar scrub by Jacolyn Murphy

If you love the hand scrubs at Bath & Body Works, this will be a fun homemade version for the holidays.

7.  Mason Jar Lantern by Super Saturday Crafts.

mason jar lantern
Mason jar lantern by Super Saturday Crafts

Make a fun lantern with a mason jar, etching spray paint and a vinyl decal.

8.  Birch candle holder.

birch candle holder

Birch candle holders are great to make and set out for the holidays but I make several to use all year long.

9.  Magnet Tutorial by Ingenious Inkling

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Magnets by Ingenious Inkling

Magnets are a fun gift and these cuties are super easy to make.  I did something very similar to this with drawer pulls.

10.  Homemade pinecone fire starters by Kates Creative Space.

pinecone fire starters
Homemade pine cone fire starters by Kate's Creative Space

Starting a fire is so much more festive with a cute pine cone starter.

11.  Mason Jar Soap Dispensers.

mason jar soap dispensers

I made a lot of these rustic soap dispensers last year and they were well received!

More creative ideas for homemade stocking stuffers can be found at the following posts:

Happy Crafting!

Top Ten Rustic Crafts

I have made and featured several rustic crafts here over the past year and a half and I figured it was time to post the favorites by popularity.

The definition of rustic, as it relates to the crafts featured here, is natural and simple with a touch of chic.  Most of the crafts can be made from items you can collect from the outside.  However, you can also find most any natural item at a craft, dried wood or dried floral supply store.

Here is the list in order of popularity.  You will be able to find the full tutorials for these by just clicking on the links.

1.  Tealight Candle Holders – See these made with two different kinds of pine and birch with and without beaded accents.

2.  Birch Twig Candle Holder – A glass votive candle holder embellished with birch twigs.

3.  Rustic Picture Frames – See how to make a picture frames with birch branches or birch bark.

4. Birch Branch Garland – Instructions for making a strand of garland with various sizes of birch branches.

5.  Wooden Flower Craft – Make as a single flower pot or a set of two or more in a larger planter.

6.  Birch Birdhouse Craft – Birdhouses made with birch log sections.  Shown with vintage sign metal roofs.

7.  Pine Coasters Craft – A set of gift coasters sliced from a pine log!

8.  Rustic Pedestal Tray Craft – It’s super easy to create this rustic chic snack tray with just a couple of pieces from nature!

9.  Sticks And Stones Tissue Box Cover –  See how to make this bathroom accessory with little more than sticks and stones!

10.  Spring Pinecone Planter – Pinecones make up the flowers in this cheery  Spring planter.

For the full collection of rustic crafts, just click on the side bar button to get to the page with all of the links.  Some are in categories that are more specific such as vintage crafts or recycled crafts.

Happy Crafting!

Six Easy Coaster Crafts Ideas

Coasters are a fun and easy craft project that can be made from a myriad of different materials.   You can get extremely creative with all of the options out there.  I have made a couple of different sets myself.  One set came straight from nature using only a pine log and a bit of polyurethane and the other set was from recycled materials.

Along with these, I have also found several other unique ideas that you can try.  Each one has a fun design that will be sure to inspire you.

The great thing about making coasters is that they also make great gifts.  So go ahead and start creating some of these for yourself and everyone you can think of!

Here are all of the fun ideas:

The tutorial for the pine coasters is here.

I had a lot of fun making these bird coasters out of leftover tiles and magazine pictures.  Each one has a different bird picture and the set is perfect for up at our cabin where we do a lot of bird watching.  You can also use maps, photos, song sheets or newspaper.  Find the tile coasters tutorial here.

I’ve done a few wine cork crafts here and now it’s fun to feature this coaster made from sections of wine corks.  WineandCork came up with this nifty idea and I think it is a perfect material to use because of it’s absorb-ability.

Here is a super cool idea by Fave Crafts for using washers.  This is pretty to use as either a drink coaster or a candle coaster.

What if you get some promotional coasters that you really aren’t interested in setting out in your home?  Evie shows you how you can make these over so that they don’t go to waste.

I am always looking for creative things to do with old cd’s so I was excited to find this idea from Free Kids Craftsfor a cd coaster.  This is very rustic and industrial looking for a man cave or other masculine room.

What do you think of these ideas?  Leave me your thoughts or other suggestions below.

Happy Crafting!

Coaster Craft Using Ceramic Tile & Magazine Cut Outs

If you have ever done any kind of tile work in your house, you know that you will most likely have extra tiles at the end of your project.  Of course it is always a good idea to keep some on hand in case you ever need to replace a tile but chances are that you won’t need to use all of your leftovers.

A good way to make use and recycle those mid size tiles is to make some very useful coasters.  Everyone needs coasters and even if you already have enough of your own, you could make a custom set to give as a gift.

The way to customize these for your own taste is to decorate them with some of your favorite magazine cut outs.  This is also a great way to recycle old magazines once they have been read.

Since we have a rustic cabin in need of some new coasters, I decided to make some using cut outs from a few of my husband’s old Duck’s Unlimited magazines.  The magazines are full of great little pictures so I had plenty of options to choose from.

Craft Skill Level: Easy

Materials Needed:

  • four to eight ceramic tiles
  • magazine cut outs
  • decoupage
  • soft bristled paint brush
  • thin rolled cork
  • exacto knife
  • E6000 craft glue

Coaster Craft Instructions:

  1. Cut out pictures from a magazine and arrange them on each of your tiles.  Use one large picture to fit the tile or a collage of smaller pictures.
  2. Brush decoupage on the back side of your cut outs and adhere smoothly to your tile.  Apply another coat of the decoupage over the front side of the cut out once it is in place.  Repeat for all of your pieces and let dry.
  3. Apply another coat of decoupage over the entire surface of the coaster and let dry thoroughly.
  4. Trace around the tile onto the rolled cork and cut the square out with an exacto knife.
  5. Glue the cork to the back of the tile with E6000 craft glue.

Decoupaging is a great method to use for applying your cut outs since the decoupage provides a nice hard and waterproof layer to the picture once it is dry.  This is perfect for a coaster which will need to be able to resist water stains.

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Happy Crafting!