I keep my eye out for stocking stuffers throughout the year. Then, a few weeks from Christmas—like now—I pull out what I’ve collected to see what I have. If I’m lucky, I’ve got everyone covered…add some oranges, candy canes and enough swiss chocolate to fill in the cracks (mmm…the good stuff) and I’m good to go. Sometimes, however, I’m in need of more stocking stuffers and find myself scrambling for ideas.
Anyone else have a few hard-to-buy for folks whose poor stockings need a boost? I hear ya. Today, I’ve dipped into the Whatcha Workin’ On project vault to assemble a list of 10 ideas for quickie stocking stuffers you can make with your Silhouette. Most are suitable for a wide age range and either gender. Many of them are great for using up scraps, so no need to buy new materials.
I do have links to free file downloads so you can get to cutting right away, but I hope these projects will also be a springboard for your own design ideas particular to your stocking people. Don’t be afraid to change things to match personalities and styles.
Here we go!
#1 – Outlet Buddies
I love these guys. Every time I catch a glimpse of them, I can’t help but smile. Cut glasses, bow ties and mustaches from temporary adhesive vinyl and apply them so they don’t cover the holes. They’ll peel right off the backing…you don’t even need transfer tape. Cut apart, they’ll pack up really small, or you can wrap them flat or rolled in a tube. Not recommended for households with small children who might remove them and eat them.
#2 – Travel Bottles
Cut “S” and “C” (for shampoo and conditioner) from permanent vinyl and apply to little plastic travel bottles. I found mine at the drug store, but I’ve also seen them at the dollar store from time to time.
Have fun matching colors and fonts to the recipient’s tastes. From metalheads and literary gurus to jocks and gamers, there’s a font for everyone. Thin fonts may need to be thickened a bit with an offset in order to cut well. My go-to offset size is 0.004, a little more for super-thin fonts. Clean the outside of the bottles with rubbing alcohol to remove fingerprints and grime before applying the vinyl.
I wrap them tall and skinny stacked on top of each other with a ribbon gathering the wrapping paper ponytail-style at one end so they stand up in a stocking with the “ponytail” end poking out.
Here are few styles to get you started, all thickened and ready to go.
#3 – Socks with Messages
The sayings are applied in heat transfer vinyl to the sock bottoms, so when the person wearing them is sitting with feet up, people across the room can read the socks. These are fun to personalize. Think up something creative about each person’s personality or hobbies or favorite drink or favorite food or movie or game or place to visit or subject at school or, or, or…
To wrap, I either fold the socks lengthwise and roll them into a long, skinny, fit-in-a-stocking shape or I roll each sock tightly into to a compact fist-sized package.
Click HERE to go to the free Silhouette socks cut file (with the above sayings and more). At this link, I’ve also got details about how to design your own sayings.
#4 – “Drink Me” Bottle Decal
Remember Alice’s adventures in Wonderland? …the “Eat Me” and “Drink Me” notes that caused her to shrink and grow? Everyone has a water bottle, so why not add a little whimsy to it with a “Drink Me” decal cut from permanent vinyl.
#5 – Bookmarks
Create a bookmark specific to each stocking person’s interests. I made this one for…you guessed it…a soccer player.
When my niece, whose name starts with F, was into owls, I did a set of these bookmarks for her. Both styles are layered cardstock. The soccer bookmark is white layered on color, the owls are color layered on black.
Click HERE to go to the free Silhouette owl bookmark file. (You’ll also find instructions at this link on how to swap out the initial for the one you need, plus a method of easily removing cardstock from the mat without curling the cardstock, and a super cool transfer tape that won’t rip the cardstock.)
Feel free to use the bases in these two files to create your own designs.
And use what you weed. The black base of the I heart zombies bookmark was weeded from the bookmark on its right, and the black bat symbol in the second bookmark was weeded from the one on its left. To make the cutout book at the top of Shea’s bookmark (middle), I welded an outline of a book (thickened with an offset) to the bookmark base. You could add whatever suits your stocking people.
#6 – Etched Glass Balls
I made one of these for every family member last Christmas, each one with a sprig of holly. They are SO pretty on the tree. I used the Darleston font—I thickened it with a 0.004 offset—but go ahead and choose a font that fits your style better, or a different one to match each stocking person!
You can find full glass etching instructions along with tips and tricks to apply the vinyl stencil to a curved surface at the Glass Balls project page.
#7 – “Mom’s Ride” Broom
Okay, so who sweeps the floor at your house? Or perhaps I should ask who is *supposed* to sweep the floor at your house? Hee. Here’s another project that would be very easy to personalize… Dad’s Ride or Bob’s Ride or Margot’s Ride. Cut from adhesive vinyl and apply to a broom handle.
#8 -Temporary Wall Decals for Light Switches
Turn clipart into light switch art! Cut images from temporary vinyl and they’ll stick to the wall until you don’t want them to. Then simply peel them off with no damage to the wall. As you can guess, these owls were for my aforementioned niece who was into owls.
Aren’t these kitties fun?
The owl clipart is from clipartbest.com and the cats are from freepik.com (my other go-to is openclipart.org). I altered the owls quite a bit, separating them from a group of five and adding feet, etc.), and for the cats, I welded the eyes to the cat bodies so I could apply the heads all in one piece without having to worry about teeny tiny eye pieces. If you’ve got clipart you’d like to alter, check out this Altering Clipart Tutorial and Altering More Clipart Tutorial.
#9 -Personalized Travel Mug Decal
Coffee, coffee coffee coffee…we’ve all got at least one coffee lover in our life, right? You’d be hard pressed to fit a whole travel mug in a stocking, but how about cutting the label & mermaid, applying transfer tape all ready to go, and popping that in, instead. You can help apply it to their favorite travel mug on Christmas day.
Click HERE to go to the free Silhouette cut file and tutorial on how to personalize it. In addition to COFFEE, the cut file includes rings for NOT COFFEE, TEA, LATTE, MOCHA, and STEAMER.
#10 – A Journal Quote in HTV
Cut a quote from heat transfer vinyl for a journal cover (for cloth or paper covers, not plastic). Or for kids and teenagers who use binders at school, cut an appropriate quote from permanent adhesive vinyl. You can help them apply the quotes once they’ve been sprung from the stocking. If you make your own quote design, you may have to add an offset to thicken the font a bit (see Quick Tip above).
Click HERE to go to the free Silhouette “small moments” quote (above)
And there ya have it… 10 ideas for quickie Silhouette stocking stuffers. I hope I’ve been able to get you a little closer to “ready for Christmas”. I’d love to see the projects you create from these ideas. Email me a pic eff at whatchaworkinon dot com
Merry Christmas to you and yours! :^)
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More Christmas projects to check out at Whatcha Workin’ On:
Quartet of Christmas Gift Tags
4 Silhouette Quickie Christmas Projects
Good King Wenceslas Cutting Board (misheard lyrics)
Merry Christmas Banner Card
Simple Dotty Christmas Tree Card