Family Time Calendar: Easy Homemade Gifts from Craft Foam

There is plenty of time to have kids craft simple homemade gifts that are perfect for grandparents, teachers, friends -- even you! Each of these projects is simple enough for the very young, but older kids can have fun creating more elaborate designs.

What you'll need:

  • Sheets of craft foam in assorted colors

  • Scissors

  • Hole punch

  • Large cookie cutters

  • Paint pens or permanent markers in assorted colors

  • Other simple materials for individual gifts (see below)

What you'll do:
Eyeglass or Pencil Case: Trim a craft foam sheet to 8 by 12 inches. Cut a 4-by-4 inch square from one corner, then fold the sheet in half vertically. (The remaining square section at the top folds down to form a flap.) Punch holes along the open sides and join together with lanyard. Use sticky-backed Velcro squares to hold the flap down. Decorate with paint pens or permanent markers.


Pencil Toppers: Use cookie cutters to trace designs onto a sheet of craft foam. Cut out designs. Cut two 1/2-inch slits in the center of each design. Decorate with paint pens or permanent markers. Push pencils through the slits when dry. To make a flower, cut out three circles in different sizes. Punch holes in centers and push onto pencil top. Use scissors to fringe the edges.

Refrigerator Magnets: Use cookie cutters to trace designs and then cut out. Decorate with paint pens or permanent markers. Glue a small magnet to the back of each design.

Ornaments: Follow technique for magnets, but punch a hole at the top and add a loop of raffia.

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