My kids like to give little gifts to their friends for Christmas. The budget is very limited this year so we’ve been thinking of gifts we can make using mostly items we already have. The pencils were $1 at Wal-Mart and the 6 balls (not on the fabric) were $1 at Hobby Lobby. So for a total of $2 spent, we have 10 gifts for Ammon’s friends.  

First we stuck the foam ball on the eraser end of the pencil.

Then I cut the red light bulbs off a string of old lights.

And stuck it in the foam ball for a nose. I used a little glue to hold it in place.

I glued black sequins to the ball for the eyes.

Then just used a Sharpie marker to draw on the mouth. It was a little hard on the glittery balls, but it turned out good enough. 

Then I ripped some fabric into strips.

And tied it around the pencil for a scarf.

I just need to tie a simple tag on each one and they’re ready for gift giving. These would be fun and easy to make at a class party too.

Have you started making little gifts for neighbors or friends? I’d love to know what you’re making. I still have more kids to make gifts for.

Come back tomorrow for another fun giveaway!

I’m linking to:
Show and Tell at Blue Cricket Design
WFMW at We Are That Family
Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts
Strut Your Stuff at Somewhat Simple
Hookin’ Up with HOH at House of Hepworths
Christmas Crafts for Kids at Sassy Sites
Look At Me Party at Fun To Craft
Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello
Making Monday Marvelous at C.R.A.F.T.

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Missy December 1, 2010 at 1:35 am

Absolutely adorable. The Christmas light nose is brilliant!

mom2fur December 1, 2010 at 7:55 am

Oh, my gosh, those are soooo cute! I definitely have to make a few of these for stocking stuffers. They’re too funny!

Chantel December 1, 2010 at 3:25 pm

what a great idea! I love these!

Regina December 1, 2010 at 8:31 pm

What a cute and simple idea…thank you so much for sharing. My Chazman would love making some of these for his classmates. I have two “How to” on my blog if you would like to see them. One is for making snowflakes using toilet tissue holders (yes we are tight on money to…LOL) and the other is using an old belt and making a cool wrist cuff bracelet. I’m one of your new followers too…always love to find fellow crafters/artist.


Jana December 1, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Cute idea! I am going to have to share this with my mom because she was looking for something like this.

Randi December 2, 2010 at 6:15 am

That is absolutely adorable … what a fun gift for little friends! I love your resourcefulness and creativity!

Jean December 5, 2010 at 9:47 pm

These are adorable!!

Robin~All Things Heart and Home December 6, 2010 at 4:37 am

Love these! How brilliant and I’d love to have one of these in my little magnetic fridg pencil holder!
If you have a moment would you come by on Wednesday and link up to All Things Merry & Brite!? I’d love to have this on the linky!
All Things Heart and Home

Amanda December 31, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Just dropping by to let you know that I linked to this post in a round up today from the Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :) This will appear in the main Craft Gossip RSS feed, on the main home page and can be found directly here

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Jenn January 2, 2011 at 8:18 pm

My son and I made these for his first grade class. They came out so cute and the kids loved them. Bonus, the head flew off when they rubbed the pencils between then palms :-) Next time I will use a dab of glue ;-) Thanks so much for the idea!

Kathy Rateliff September 26, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Love these . Planning to make them at a church craft
Fair . What size styrofoam balls did you use?


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