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.
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.
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.)
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.
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