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Fun Foam Craft - Chinese New Year 2009 Ox Pendants

The Chinese zodiac follows a twelve year cycle. One animal represents each of these twelve years. It is believed that those born under a particular animal has the characteristics of this animal. 2009 is the year of the ox. Kids and adults alike can create this ox pendant out of fun foam to celebrate this year.



Chinese New Year Ox Pendant - Whole Ox 400

For this project you will need:

- white, dark grey, medium brown and dark brown fun foam (for ox head pendant)
- white, grey and medium brown fun foam (for the ox body pendant)
- white, black and brown wooden beads
- nylon string
- hole puncher
- 3 gold eyelets
- glue for fun foam
- permanent black marker for making eyes and nostrils on the whole ox pendant

Craft Patterns:

Chinese New Year Ox Pendant Pattern


Chinese New Year Ox Pendant Templates - Ox Head (Print out so that the larger circle has the size of a CD)

Chinese New Year - Ox Body Template

If you would prefer to use a whole ox body for the pendant instead of just a head, you can use this pattern as an alternative. Click on the ox thumbnail for the template - Ox Body Template You will otherwise need the rest of the templates found in the first pattern link above.

Chinese New Year 2009 - Ox Coloring Book Page


Click on this ox picture to go to an ox coloring page for kids.






1. Print out the patterns and create permanent templates out of sturdy cardboard for them. This makes the patterns easier to trace onto the fun foam. Print out the patterns so that the large circle has the size of a CD.
2. After cutting out the permanent templates, trace the patterns onto the fun foam. If creating a wall decoration, you will need: 1 large circle, 1 small circle, 1 Chinese year of the ox symbol, 1 ox head, 1 ox horn, 1 ox nose and 2 ox eyes (cut one in reverse).
3. Glue the pieces to the round shapes as you see them in the picture.
4. Punch a hole in the top of the large circle and fix an eyelet in the hole.
5. Punch a hole in both the top and bottom of the small circle and also fix an eyelet in each hole.
6. Connect the smaller circle to the larger using nylon thread. Before knotting off, add wooden beads to the thread.
7. Now add nylon thread to the top smaller circle and also add beads to decorate. Decide how the length of the thread should be and knot off.

Illustrated Craft Tutorial:

Transferring Patterns Onto Wood Tutorial

How to Make Patterns and Permanent Templates


Chinese New Year Ox Pendant 400
If creating a free hanging mobile, you will need to cut an additional Chinese year of the ox symbol, ox head, ox horn, ox nose and 2 ox eyes (all in reverse).




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Chinese New Year Ox Pendant - Whole Ox





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