Marble-Print Bookplates

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Marble-Print Bookplates
Total Time 1 hour Ages school-age

What you'll need

  • Bookplate template
  • Painter's tape
  • Box or container with tall sides
  • Tempera paints in 2 or 3 colors
  • 5 or 6 marbles
  • 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper
  • Glue stick
Helpful Tip:

A plastic index-card holder (available at office supply stores) makes a great gift box — packed with a glue stick — for our Marble-Print Bookplates.

How to make it

  1. Print out the template and cover the name boxes with painter's tape as shown above. Set the template in the box. Tip: To keep the template from sliding, stick a small roll of painter's tape under each corner...

  2. Squirt paint along the sides of the template, then drop in the marbles. Show your child how to gently tilt the box, so that the marbles roll through the paint and across the template.

  3. Let the template dry, then carefully peel off the painter's tape. Color copy the template onto 8½-by-11-inch paper and cut out the bookplates. Glue each one to the first page of a book or wrap them up as a gift.

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