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One of the first holiday decorations that go up in our home is the Christmas stocking of course. Seeing some color against our mantle brings instant holiday cheer and gets the kids giddy about what’s to come. This year, I’m looking to put a handmade touch to our stockings and rounded up some of the most cheerful stockings you can make. If you’re not an expert seamstress, not to worry, some of these are printables with easy templates, or have simple embellishments like felt and letters. What are some of your favorite stocking ideas for kids?

Printable Stockings (via The 36th Avenue)
I love the bright colors on these paper stitched stockings you can print out. The yarn is a great way to encourage kids to help “make” their own stocking this year.

Elf Christmas Stocking (via Cakies)
Here’s a modern twist on the classic elf stocking made with felt and adorable mini pom pom trim. A free pattern is included in this fun tutorial.

Colorful Felt Stocking (via Crafts Tuts+)
If you’re looking for something bright and colorful, this felt stocking is for you. Kids will love the fun details on top like the pom poms, ribbons and ric rac.

Stocking Advent (via Hello Natural)
Celebrate the countdown to Christmas with these delightful cardboard and crepe paper mini stockings in bright traditional red.

Classic Cuffed Stockings (via Positively Splendid)
If you’ve got some sewing skills, this one’s for you. Find out how to make classic stockings with a pattern included and easy to follow step-by-step details.

Helvetica Stocking (via Teal & Lime)
For a simple look, make these modern and chic customized name stocking in a contemporary font.

Felted Christmas Stockings (via Say Yes)
Create beautiful felted patterns on simple cotton fabric to make these stockings pop with color.

Santa Stocking Favors (via Confetti Sunshine)
If you’ve got a small space or no mantle, try these adorable printable stocking favors. Stuff them with small treats and trinkets and you’ve also got awesome favors for a holiday party.

Take a look here for lots more creative holiday ideas for kids.

Agnes Hsu is a mom of three and has been inspiring parents and kids to get creative with easy activities and family friendly recipes for over 10 years. She shares her love for creative play and kids food to her 2MM+ followers online. Agnes' commitment to playful learning and kindness has not only raised funds for charity but also earned features in prestigious nationwide publications.