Monday, March 23, 2015
How to: wooden sticks bookmarks
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.
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.
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
2. cover it with the other felt circle and sew around the edges, leaving both ends of the thread hanging loose
3. tie the two end of the thread together, with a knot (or a bow, if you're making the bookmarks for girls)
4. glue the figure or embellishment you have chosen
5. your bookmark is finished and ready for use
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).
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.
Enjoy and have a wonderful week,