A bookmark is a practical way to preserve and share your child’s artwork — and a gift your child will be proud to give. Here’s what you need to do to make one:
To make a bookmark you’ll need:
· tag board
· a ruler
· crayons or markers
· a pen or pencil
· clear contact paper
As with any kids’ activity, a little preparation will help things go more smoothly and make creating together more fun! Before you call the kids, gather your materials. For each bookmark you’ll need to cut one 3″ by 6″ rectangle from the tag board. You’ll also need two pieces of clear contact paper for each bookmark. Cut these pieces into 4″ by 7″ rectangles.
Draw a picture to mark their page
Have your kids use crayons or markers to draw a picture on one side of the tag board. With younger children, it may be easier to draw a 3″ by 6″ rectangle on a piece of paper for them to color. When they’re done, cut out the rectangle and attach it to the tag board using double sided tape or glue.
Show them you care
Write, or have the kids write, a message on the back of the tag board. This is a great place to write a personal message, but if you prefer to keep it simple then write your child’s name and the year. Crayon or marker will get the job done, but pen or pencil may be more readable.
Protect your bookmark
Peel the liner off the back of the clear contact paper and lay it sticky side up. Center the front of the bookmark and smooth it down carefully so that the contact paper is free of wrinkles. If you prefer, uncover only part of the sticky contact paper at a time and then apply it to the bookmark as you go. The bookmark doesn’t need to be perfectly centered, but everything must be covered by the contact paper. Then repeat the process, using the second piece of contact paper to cover the back of the bookmark.
Using the scissors, trim the clear contact paper neatly around the edge of the bookmark. When you’re done, there should be a thin line of clear contact paper around the bookmark.
If you prefer, you could laminate the bookmark instead of using contact paper. Teachers supply stores and office supply stores may offer this service.
Give it a little extra pizzazz
If you would like to add an extra special touch to the bookmark, try tying on a tassel. Learn how to make a tassel here.
You’ve created your very own bookmark! Use it to mark your page, or share the smiles by giving it to someone you love.