Homemade videogame-inspired gifts for the craft-impaired

Portal holiday ornaments

Above: Now you can decorate with portals

- 2 small oval mirror ornaments
- 1 sheet of orange and blue craft foam
- Glue
- Ribbon or string

Above: We found these in the holiday aisle of our local craft store. They came pre-drilled with holes which made this super easy

Above: Craft foam (or Fun Foam) is a flexible lightweight foam material that's a bit more durable than using cardboard or foamcore since it won't dent

Our local craft store didn't have orange or blue craft foam available, so we went with white and just painted our portals. Obviously you can save yourself a step if your craft store has a better supply than ours did.

Above: Trace the outline of your mirrors onto the craft foam and then add Portal-y swooshes (technical term, obviously)

Above: We used an exacto knife to cut out our portals, but scissors will work too. By wobbling our hand along the inner circle we created a more portal-y effect (again, technical term)

At this point you would just glue these bad boys onto your mirror and affix string through the holes to create ornaments. If your mirrors didn't come with hole pre-drilled consider affixing magnets to the back to create portable portals instead.

Above: If you have to paint your portals, be sure to paint along the edges and even the back of the designs since the mirror will reflect it. We used the same glass glue from the magnets to affix them to the mirrors

We hope these ideas spark some creativity from you this holiday season!


  • Sjoeki - December 12, 2011 10:04 a.m.

    These are awesome!!! Could really use some of those portal mirrors to pimp out my home!
  • ObliqueZombie - December 11, 2011 9:05 p.m.

    Gifts? BA humbug! These gems are mine! >:D
  • MrDobble - December 8, 2011 4:37 p.m.

    Love the magnets & portals. Fatastic idea :D
  • TheCakeIsaPie - December 8, 2011 3:47 p.m.

    Cheryll, you are amazing. Those button magnets are pure genious.
  • Oeysoph - December 8, 2011 2:40 p.m.

    how do you see the picture of the button if theres white glue over it?
  • Oeysoph - December 8, 2011 2:41 p.m.

    im stupid
  • TheCakeIsaPie - December 8, 2011 3:46 p.m.

    It's OK, you found your mistake! :) *pats head*
  • jackthemenace - December 8, 2011 1:42 p.m.

    Those are AWESOME. Seriously wish I had someone to MAKE them for/ for me D:
  • ultimatepunchrod - December 8, 2011 9:56 a.m.

    You guys really knocked these out of the park. Simple and cool.
  • CaptCOMMANDO - December 8, 2011 1:12 a.m.

    Cheryll gets to do the coolest projects at GR.
  • DBLDTheWise - December 7, 2011 11:52 p.m.

    Another great article. Really cool ideas guys!
  • ThatFanInThePeacoat - December 7, 2011 10:03 p.m.

    I have to try out the secret compartment book.
  • comaqi - December 7, 2011 9:32 p.m.

    Articles like these are some of my absolute favorites! Keep up the great work guys!
  • Zeos - December 7, 2011 7:59 p.m.

    Coolest magnets ever.
  • nomis - December 7, 2011 7:10 p.m.

    These are pretty cool ideas. I could totes see myself doing these, thanks!
  • Rubberducky - December 7, 2011 6:50 p.m.

    I'm not so much craft impaired, more like lazy. No one ever writes articles for people like me, lazy bastards. Though I do like the idea of the portal things but only if I could also put holes in the wall to make it more realistic...
  • D0CCON - December 7, 2011 7:18 p.m.

    I'm lazy AND craft impaired. Even when I do try this stuff, it looks like crap and I make a complete mess. At least none of this requires drawing. I'm a senior in high school and my drawings are equal to the second graders in my elementary school.
  • obviouslyadouche - December 7, 2011 8:32 p.m.

    It's the same with me, i'm not allowed to turn in essays hand written anymore because my hand writing is so awful, also the dragonborn book is pretty cool
  • Valcrist - December 7, 2011 6:46 p.m.

    Amazing article! Maybe you could make more like this about making videogamey stuff? Really loved the book idea. These tipe of original articles are what makes me come back to gamesradar everyday
  • DualWieldingIsNotFeasible - December 7, 2011 6:40 p.m.

    I'm gonna make those controller button magnets for me. Nobody I know would appreciate them like I would.

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