It's all in the packaging, as they say. Items you might normally pay a couple dollars for are now five to ten dollars simply because of the Christmas wrapping. Avoid these money wasters by making your own fabulous stocking stuffers. Here's the how to.
Plastic ornament balls - you can find these at most craft stores. cost .50 - $2
Double sided tape or Glue dots
The gift - you can use small candies, sample size cosmetics, hair accessories, etc. Two good resources for free samples are Freebies 4 Mom and Deal Seeking Mom.
*optional - tinsel or confetti
This is what the plastic ball ornaments look like. They come in all kinds of different colors, shapes and sizes.
Cut a large size square of cellophane and stuff it into one of the ornament halves.
Add double sided tape to the back of the gift and place it in the center of the cellophane. Scrunch the rest of the cellophane in the ornament along the sides of the item like a nest. Add a little tinsel or confetti along the sides for sparkle. Attach the other half to make the ball ornament. If you find your gift is moving around in the ball, add more cellophane.
Finish the stocking stuffer with some decorative ribbon. If you're concerned about the ornament opening up, just add a little tape at the bottom.
*These are good gifts for tween girls to make and give to friends.
*Reuse - save plastic ornaments for next year