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Homemade Bookmarks

bookmark craft - using old book pages • Artchoo.com

bookmark craft - using old book pages • Artchoo.com

This week will be sorta crafty! This project is simple, but any time kids are working with their hands and making something, they’re being creative. They don’t always have to be studying traditional art concepts, because they are still actively practicing using materials, and they are making visual choices.

Anyway, who’s up for some bookmarks? These bookmarks are extra cool, because they are made with… book pages. I have an old encyclopedia, which we turn to surprisingly often for projects.You can find old books at thrift stores, tag sales, or used books stores. Their pages make great starting points for tons of art projects.

Materials:

Directions:

We just so happened to have a bookmark nabbed from our latest library visit. We used this to trace around, but you could cut out your own from some card stock to use as a template. The beauty of bookmarks is that they don’t have to be a perfect size.

Cut out several pieces of book pages to the size of the bookmark. Cut out several pieces of colored card stock of the same size.

bookmark craft using old book pages! • Artchoo.com

 

Cut or punch out shapes from the card stock, and glue these onto either side of the book page pieces. The cut-out parts of the card stock will let the pages show through, and sandwiching the book pages keeps the whole bookmark sturdy. (Our book pages are pretty fragile.)

bookmark project for kids • Artchoo.com

 

We punched holes in some of the card stock, and for some we used another paper-cutting technique we learned from our Eye Can Art kit. Simply take your card stock pieces, fold them lengthwise, and cut shapes out of them. When you unfold them, you will have a symmetrical design to glue onto your book page piece. For these, we glued a solid piece of card stock to the back to keep them sturdy.

bookmarks craft project for kids - uses book pages! • Artchoo.com

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Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.

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  1. Love making bookmarks! Using out of date books is a fun collagey idea. Also like what you wrote about benefits of crafting!

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