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Us moms always appreciate the macaroni-on-a-soup-can pencil holders, but here are some other good crafty gifts kids can make for the adults (and other kids) in their lives.

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Kaboose has instructions for making easy glycerin soap, and About.com shows how to make bars of soap with treasures inside.

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Teach Soap shows how to make bath bombs; Not Martha’s bath bombs are great, too! Not Martha also has great instructions for making lip balm, a great gift for cold weather.

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Kids Rooms and Crafts has a cute tabletop jewel-case picture frame project; Photojojo has instructions for wall-mounted jewel-case frames.

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I found these needle felting templates at My Handwork Studio – templates keep small fingers safer, though I would still be careful with younger kids – those needles hurt! You can also use cookie cutters as templates.

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Kids can get really creative with this basic beaded bookmark from About.com. You can use ribbon or jewelry cord, and whatever types of beads little fingers can handle.

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American University has a gallery of easy bound books – they can be given blank or filled with photos, drawings, or stories.


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