Just because Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year doesn’t mean it has to be the most expensive! Today I am going to show you how to use items from the dollar store to create an easy and cheap Chrismas gift. This DIY dollar store gift looks just like a giant Christmas ornament and can be filled with any number of dollar store goodies.
Read along to find out how to make it.
How to make a dollar store DIY gift ornament
Here are the items that you will need to create your giant ornament Christmas gift.
- Empty giant pretzel or snack container
- Tinsel in color of choice
- Items to fill (like my puffin and penguin coloring page)
- Cotton twine
- Stickers or other decorations to put inside (optional)
- Drill with 1/8 bit or hammer and nail (to put a hole in the lid)
You can find similar or the exact same items at dollar stores, but a few of these things I already had on hand so I didn’t have to buy new.
(I actually had ANOTHER plush to try and put inside, but guess what — he didn’t fit! So I would advise you when you go to purchase your items from the dollar store, take your container WITH you and check the fit of everything in the car before you leave. 🙂 )
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Preparing the container
Take your selected container and remove any stickers.
You can use a hair dryer to heat up and remove the stickers, it works like a charm! Put oil on any remaining sticky residue, wait 15 minutes, and then wash off gently with soap and water. (Be careful, harsh sponges can scratch your plastic! Use the soft side instead.)
Next, take your drill with 1/8 inch bit or a hammer and nail/screw and gently tap a hole in the exact center of the container’s lid (see arrow below).
Make a loop of cotton twine in the size that you want and tie a knot at the bottom two ends. Using a toothpick, gently try and push the top of the loop through the tiny hole from the bottom side of the lid and out the top of the lid.
It should look like the picture below.
Add the decorations
This step is optional, but you can choose to add any cute stickers or decoration on the inside, making sure to leave space at the front for the plush animal to be seen.
I used some dollar store foam snowflakes, which I think gave it a cute snowy effect.
Add the tinsel and gifts
Now start adding the decorations. Craft supplies or notebooks work well for the backdrop. Arrange from large to small from front to back.
Wrap the tinsel loosely around your hand to make a nest and then insert that in the bottom of your container.
Add your plush
Finally, the last step is to add your plush and close the lid!
Now you can set your plush under the Christmas tree or hang it from the tree (on a sturdy branch, please!) for your loved ones to come and find!
Gift modification ideas
The sky is the limit with this gift, you can literally put anything you want inside as a gift, such as:
- Tea and accessories
- Coffee and accessories
- Hilarious pajama sets
- Baby clothes
- Cooking supplies
- Craft supplies
- Beauty/spa supplies
Let me know what you want to put inside your gift ornament in the comment section below!
Rita Harder says
What a great and creative gift giving idea…and putting it into a glass jar is genius! (No gift bag needed…)
Rita, it’s actually a super cheap plastic pretzel container! I wouldn’t DARE to give my boys glass lol. Glad that you like it, I thought it was pretty creative too. 🙂
Julie Briones says
Such a cute idea! So I see a viral post coming again! Hugs!
Michelle | Thistle Key Lane says
I love this Marissa! PJ set for me please. 😉 Great post!
Such a creative idea! I love the idea of personalizing the items. Great stocking stuffer with a smaller jar, too!
Kari Wagner Hoban says
Well, this is cute. Thank God for the dollar store.
Hahaha, right? Thanks, Kari, sure do love me some dollar store stuff!
Finsavvy Panda says
I absolutely love how this turned out! It’s super cute and creative!!
Where do you come up with ideas like this?
Btw, how do you take your photos? They look really nice! All the photos I take turn out ugly all the time — I’m the last person to ask about photography ?♀️
FSP, you are too sweet! I actually have major photo envy because I have friends who are amazing and I feel so ho-hum in comparison. As for ideas, they just pop up — too many at a time, actually. 😉
This is a very cute idea! I’m going to remember this for the holidays!
Thanks, Lauren! It’s a really easy DIY and you can fill it with just about anything!
Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom says
This is a really cute gift idea, Marissa! I love that it is homemade, made with Dollar Store items and has a few gifts in it for the gift recipient! This would be a great gift exchange idea for those classroom parties when they only want you to spend $5 on a gift.
Thanks, Carrie, you are right the idea is really versatile. If you have some of the stuff laying around your house it’s even cheaper!