Homemade Bookmark Craft
Let the kids make their mark!
- Photos:Sorry, digital pics won't work for this craft. You'll have to actually print some out! Hit a photo-printing kiosk at your local drugstore or photo shop, or plan ahead and order prints online from a service like Shutterfly or Kodak. Or print some on your printer at home.
- Cardboard:The back of a cereal box will work.
- Scissors or paper cutter
- Clear contact paper
- Hole puncher
- Have your kid pick a few of his favorite photos out of the 20,000 you've taken since he was born. If he's making a bookmark for someone special, encourage him to use a picture featuring him and that person together. Grandma may love anything plastered with photos of your kid, but everyone else will probably think it's a little weird to receive a bookmark exclusively featuring your kid for their birthday.
- Have your child cut out a piece of cardboard in the shape of a long, wide rectangular bookmark.
- Help him cover the cardboard with a piece of construction paper to make a pretty base in case any of the cardboard peeks through the collage. Cut the paper to size and have your child glue it onto the cardboard.
- Next, help your kid cut out the photos he wants to use. Make sure to cut the images so that they work nicely together and fit onto the cardboard.
- Help him glue the photos onto the cardboard.
- Laminate the finished product by covering the bookmark with clear contact paper.
- Using the hole puncher, make a hole in the top of the bookmark. Make sure your child designs the collage so that nobody's face winds up with a hole poked through it. Someone might take it personally!
- String a ribbon through the hole so that the ends meet, and tie a knot snug against the top of the cardboard, leaving the two ends of the ribbon dangling, and you've got a fancy, personalized gift to give.
- Don't have the time or patience to make a whole photo collage? Make a simple version of the photo bookmark out of two photos. Have your child glue them together back to back and laminate the pics with the contact paper. Punch a hole in the top, loop a ribbon through the hole, and you've got an easier version of this personalized bookmark!
- Thanks to Traci Page Johnson and Nick Jr. Magazine.