Giving away stockings full of goodies is a traditional practice in the US. Stockings have progressed to the point that you can purchase them in all sizes, all colors, and unique designs. Tired of the whole stocking thing? Want to do something different this year? There are other things you can give, besides traditional stockings, that will thrill your child.
Got an empty paint can? Then you’ve got a great replacement for an ordinary stocking. Gallon size paint cans, which are clean and dent-free, have handles that will allow the child to carry the stocking replacement. The paint can stocking replacement can be for anyone, not just a child.
Use Christmas fabric to cover the can completely. Cut a piece for the lid as well. Instead of cloth you can also use decorative paper. Use cording, or roping, if you want to enhance the look of the paint can stocking. Wrap the handle in red velvet ribbon and tie a bow around the top of the can. The lid can hold the name tag, if needed.
Without the cording you may be able to see places on the can where the silver can is shining through. You can purchase silver spray paint if you need to touch up the silver paint can. Sometimes paint has spilled over the sides of the can, and if this is noticeable, the spray paint is the perfect answer to the problem.
Stuff the can with toys, candy and novelties. The can will hold quite a lot of goodies for a child or an adult. The size of the can doesn’t absolutely have to be a gallon size. Any size can, with lid, can be used to make the holder for the candies and toys.
A pillowcase can hold lots and lots of things that a child will love for Christmas. Although it will take many more goodies to fill a pillowcase than a stocking the pillowcase can also hold very large objects. Stuffed animals, board games and more can fit in the pillowcase. Fill the pillowcase easier by putting small things in large containers. Place candies in tins, purchase large plastic candy canes filled with goodies, and purchase large things that cost little. The pillowcase can be one you have around the house, in a holiday color, or you can go out and purchase something elegant like a silk pillowcase. Tie the bundle shut with a large red ribbon.
Instead of a pillowcase you can also use an ordinary white trash bag. The ones with the built-in handles are especially perfect. Lay the trash bag flat on a table. Use metallic tape to give the trash bag a more festive look. The tapes are found at any craft store and dispense just like Scotch tape. Choose from red, blue, green, gold or silver. Stripe the bag in a diagonal pattern that resembles candy cane stripes. Use stickers or even rubber stamping to further decorate the bag.
Don’t skimp on the type of bags you purchase. Really cheap trash bags can rip and tear. Handle-tie bags of quality are perfect. When you’ve finished stuffing the striped bag you can tie it shut with a pretty Christmas ribbon. You can tie on a rope, bells, tinsel and even pieces of holly. There are no limits to the designs you can create for the tie.
Whether you have no stockings to hang, or you’d like to do something slightly different this year, you’ll enjoy making the stocking alternatives from paint cans, trash bags or pillowcases. And if you think you had fun making it wait until you see the look on the face of the recipient!