We teamed up with Mom’s Best Network to share 7 fun holiday crafts! Be sure to visit the link to check out some adorable DIYs.
I think the stocking is one of the most fun parts of Christmas. I remember feeling like my stocking was almost never-ending when I was little and of course candy is always my favorite part of any holiday! But this year my little family didn’t have matching stockings so I was thinking I really needed to sew some up! I love sewing, I used to do it all the time but lately it just hasn’t sounded as fun to me. Probably mostly because my machine is making a loud squeaking noise and it’s in the room right next to Stella’s so if she’s sleeping I am NOT going to turn that thing on. It’s probably just a matter of oiling the right part but I can’t seem to figure out what that is…anyway! The stockings I did end up making satisfied both my want to not sew, my need for matching-ness and my desire for fun! I give you, The Pinata Stocking!
That’s right, it’s already one of the best parts of your Christmas morning because it’s a stocking but now it just got even better cus this version is a little mini piñata that can be broken open right in your hands!! Right in your little one’s hands!! Right in the middle of your festivus Christmas morning, you’ll feel like you’re having a mini party because piñatas will be breaking left and right!
If you’re on the ball and have all your stocking fillings already then you can whip these up and hang them full to taunt your family (hehe) or they can be made ahead of time with a removable top and filled Christmas Eve just like normal stockings! You ready for this?
- Cardboard //
- Stocking template //
- Tape //
- Pointy edge (seam ripper works great) //
- Glue stick //
- Tissue paper or crepe paper //
- Scissors //
1. I always use cereal boxes when I make these mini piñatas because they’re the perfect thickness to be torn right open but any cardboard would work as long as your perforation is good.
2.Download my stocking shape template and adjust it to the size you want. These can be made really little for really big! Doesn’t matter, just do what works for you. Trace the shape on to your cardboard twice and then cut several strips out. These strips can also be any width that you need so feel free to go super wide here to accommodate all your goodies, just keep in mind the size of your receiver’s hands :)
3. Match a strip to each side of your stocking and using a seam ripper create a perforated line straight across the middle and across the part of your strip that will meet up with that middle line.
5. Then I bend my strips a little along the shape of the main part, it makes taping it easier.
6. Tape your sides to the stocking shape, don’t tape over where the perforations meet but tape liberally everywhere else. You want it to break open in the right place.
9. Apply a line of glue then stick a line of fringe to it, starting at the bottom of the front.
11. Trim off the excess fringe around the edges.
12. Do the same thing to the back and then to all the sides.
13. If you weren’t ready to fill and close them up, you can make a top piece with fringe and temporarily attach it with a little hot glue. When you’re ready to fill, do so from the top and then firmly attach the top piece with more hot glue.
And when everyone is ready to bust out their fun sock, all they have to do is grab ahold of both ends and pull them together. The middle should burst right open, revealing all the of the love and joy within!
This pinata doesn’t even have to make a mess! And best of all, no one is getting accidentally whacked in the head with a flying pinata stick in the hands of a blinded, dizzy child. That’s what we call a win-win folks.
I hope you can find some time this holiday season to whip up some mini pinata stockings! I know everyone in your family will just be thrilled to have their own little pinata and isn’t the joy you see on Christmas morning just the absolute best part of Christmas?!