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Monday, March 23, 2015

How to: wooden sticks bookmarks

wooden sticks bookmarks, handmade bookmarks, homemade gifts


Bookmarks have always a staple in our house and now that my oldest is reading fluently and has taken to reading several books at the same time (he has one book in is backpack to read at school while waiting for the bus to come home, another on the kitchen table and at least one more at grandma's house), they are in constant demand.

For Christmas I made him a felt bookmark (check it here), but recently he has been asking for more. On top of that, one of his friends from the soccer team invited us for his birthday party last Saturday, and since the gift I got him was also a book, I decided it was really time to make more bookmarks.

wooden sticks bookmarks, handmade bookmarks, homemade gifts




A while ago I bought a bag of colored wooden sticks at the craft store, for no special reason other that they looked cute (almost like a rainbow) and I thought I could make something out of them some day. Last Friday night was the day. Scavenging around my craft closet I also found some wooden ducks, a butterfly, a flower and a few felt cars cutouts (all brought home in different occasions, again with the intention of creating something out of them).

In addition to these materials, I also used felt circles (two for each bookmark, but they can be cut from scraps, a bonus), fabric glue and matching embroidery thread. 

wooden sticks bookmarks, handmade bookmarks, homemade gifts




These bookmarks are very easy to make and come together pretty quickly. I made four of them in less than half an hour after the kids were asleep on Friday, in time to include one with the book I was wrapping for the birthday party the following morning.

Want to make some? Here's the how to:

1. glue the stick on one of the felt circles as shown below

wooden sticks bookmarks, handmade bookmarks, homemade gifts

2. cover it with the other felt circle and sew around the edges, leaving both ends of the thread hanging loose

wooden sticks bookmarks, handmade bookmarks, homemade gifts

3. tie the two end of the thread together, with a knot (or a bow, if you're making the bookmarks for girls)

wooden sticks bookmarks, handmade bookmarks, homemade gifts




4. glue the figure or embellishment you have chosen

wooden sticks bookmarks, handmade bookmarks, homemade gifts
 


5. your bookmark is finished and ready for use

wooden sticks bookmarks, handmade bookmarks, homemade gifts




Now make lots of them! (oh, and if you don't have or can't find sticks in your favorite color, just get plain ones and paint them - spray paint is fast and works just fine).

wooden sticks bookmarks, handmade bookmarks, homemade gifts
wooden sticks bookmarks, handmade bookmarks, homemade gifts




The bookmark with the brown car was included in the birthday party gift and my son is now using the little duck one. The other two don't have a specific destination yet, but I'm sure they will come in hand for upcoming birthday parties.

wooden sticks bookmarks, handmade bookmarks, homemade gifts




Enjoy and have a wonderful week,



26 comments:

  1. This is a very creative idea, and it makes a cute gift to go with a book. I can see these being used as a Bible school or classroom project too.

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    1. True, and they would work great as party favors too. Thank you for stopping by!

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  2. This is so neat! I love the idea!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week! Don't forget to enter to win a $5 Starbucks Giftcard!

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    1. Thank you for hosting an awesome party!

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    1. Thank you Becky, love your blog, by the way!

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  4. These are cute, and the stitches add so much charm! Thanks for sharing at Together on Tuesdays!

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  5. These are so cute! Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

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  6. Teresa these are so cute! I love it that your son is reading so much he's asking for more bookmarks. That's so awesome. i can't wait to make some for my family now too. Thanks so much for sharing this at our Something to Talk About Link Party. We hope to see you back on Monday! CoCo

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    1. Thank you! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  7. These are so cute, great idea! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend? I hope you will join us again this Monday!

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  8. What a great creative idea! My kids love bookmarks and this would be a great project to do together! I really appreciate you sharing your latest creation at Making Memories Mondays!
    Cathy@threekidsandafish{dot}com

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Kathy, and have a great weekend!

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  9. Very cuye. These would be great in an Easter basket or for classroom valentines. Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday linkup. Pinned to our linkup board and hope you join us again this weekend

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  10. Very cute idea! I love how easy they look to make. When my daughter is older we will have to try making these. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

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    1. Kids like to hep make them too, so you can have her glue the embellishments and I'm sure she'll love it!

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  11. Cute idea! Loving it! Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for being a part of our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7. Lou Lou Girls

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  12. Fun idea! I have a huge box of wooden sticks. I will have to let my grands make one some time. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Have fun and thank you for stopping by!

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  13. So creative!! Thanks for Linking Up on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday - Link Party! Hope to see you again tomorrow! Pinned

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