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6 fun DIY Christmas stocking fillers your kids will love that won’t break the bank

The twinkling lights and merry music are drawing Christmas ever closer, and while thoughts are turning to gifts, the budget is stretched for most after a challenging year.

You can still give your kids a magical Christmas they’ll love even though you have to tighten the purse strings a little this year.

Grinch Playdough

You don’t have to spend money buying something you can easily make at home. Use the below recipe to make this Grinch Playdough for your little one and simply pop it in a plastic container with a cute label for his Christmas stocking.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3-5 drops red and green food colouring

Instructions:

  1. Add the flour, salt, and cream of tartar to a medium mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Add the warm water and oil to a medium saucepan. Stir well to mix.
  3. Slowly pour half of the flour mixture into the water and whisk to combine. Add the remaining flour and whisk until most of the lumps have disappeared.
  4. Place the saucepan on the stovetop under medium heat. Stir constantly until a thick lump of dough forms. (It will look like lumpy mashed potatoes). Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  5. Divide the dough in half (or a little more for the green playdough) and place 4-5 drops of green food colouring on top of one of the dough balls. Place in a Ziplock-type bag, seal and knead the bag for 5 minutes to distribute the colour.
  6. Place 4-5 drops of red food colouring on top of the remaining dough ball and place in a plastic bag. Seal the bag and knead for 5 minutes to distribute the red colour.
  7. Store the playdoughs in a sealed airtight plastic bag for up to one month.

Grinch Playdough

*Recipe and Image credit: Natural Beach Living

Finger puppets

Puppets are a great way for kids to release their emotions, and help them to express their feelings and concerns. Plus, it gives them the opportunity to practise saying what they feel through the puppet.

They’re also really fun to play with and make up stories!

Click here for instructions to make them.

Finger puppets

Olaf chocolate dippers

Your kids will absolutely love dipping these in their hot chocolate or milk on Christmas morning! You can make them a couple of days before the time and just wrap them in a cellophane.

Click here to see how to make them.

Olaf chocolate dippers

Homemade bubbles

What kid doesn’t love blowing bubbles? Make your own bubble solution at home and pour into a small plastic bottle. You can even make your own bubble wand with pipe cleaners if you don’t have one to recycle. Simply bend the pipe cleaner into the shape you want and tape it to the side of the plastic bottle.

Ingredients for bubbles:

  • ½ cup dishwashing liquid
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar

Instructions:

  • Pour the dish soap into a large cup.
  • Add the water to the dish soap in the cup.
  • Add the sugar to the water/soap mixture.
  • Gently stir your mixture, but don’t shake or stir your bubbles too much.
  • Pour the bubble mixture into smaller containers and put in your kids’ Christmas stockings. Make sure the lids are sealed tightly so they don’t leak.

Homemade bubbles

Homemade slime

We all know how much our kids love playing with slime. Make your own at home with this easy recipe and just pop it into a round plastic container.

Ingredients:

  • 75g cornflour
  • 120ml baby shampoo
  • Green food colouring and some glitter

Method

  • Put the cornflour and baby shampoo into a bowl and mix together until smooth.
  • Add the food colouring and mix again.
  • Pop your green, glittery slime into a plastic container and label it elf snot. Your little one will have a ball!

Slime

*Image credit: downredbuddrive.com

Reindeer hot chocolate bags

These will be perfect for the kids to dip their Olaf chocolate dippers in.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Piping Bags
  • 1 Hot Chocolate Packet
  • 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 red pom-pom ball
  • 2 wiggle eyes
  • Tan or brown pipe cleaner
  • Ribbon

How to make it:

  1. Pour hot cocoa mix into the piping bag, pushing it all the way to the tip.
  2. Cut off the top of the piping bag at approximately 5cm above the top of the hot cocoa. Fold the excess 5cm of the piping bag in and down – staple to close.
  3. Put the bag of hot cocoa into another piping bag and flatten.
  4. Layer in mini chocolate chips.
  5. Add a layer of marshmallows.
  6. Cinch the top of the bag and tie on a ribbon.
  7. Cut out a gift tag and punch a hole in the top. Weave the ribbon through the hole and knot it to hold the gift tag in place.
  8. Wrap a pipe cleaner around the bag – just above the ribbon. Shape it into antlers.
  9. Place wiggle eyes near the top of the hot cocoa mix and glue in place.
  10. Glue a pom-pom near the tip of the bag for Rudolph’s nose.
  11. Trim off the excess piping bag above antlers.

Click here to download and print cute tags to staple to the bags.

Hot chocolate bags

*Image and recipe credit: Mommymusings.com

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