St. Patricks Day Craft - Easy Shamrock Book Marker

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St. Patricks Day Craft - Easy Shamrock Book Marker

As a good mom, we are always looking for ways to encourage a love of reading for our children.  Some children can't put a book down, while others can't seem to quit moving to sit and read.  Motivating or rewarding kids to read is easy with this quick, easy and St. Patricks Day related book marker craft. This craft of course can include any holiday or none at all. It's perfect for those moments when you need a quick idea to keep the kids busy indoors.  It doesn't require fancy supplies, even simple crayons will do. Let the kids use their imagination to create their own special book mark.

 

What you'll need

  • Cardstock (I used 2 colors)
  • Adhesive (any type of craft glue will do)
  • Acrylic paint or water colors
  • Ribbon
  • 2 NEW pencils with intact erasers
  • hole punch (if you don't have a hold punch, you can make a hole with scissors)
  • Alphabet stamps
Helpful Tip:

I smear my paint onto a paper plate first so it only gets the top portion of my eraser marked. I re-dip after each application.

Variations:

If you're low on supplies, grab old magazines and have the kids cut out images or words to glue onto their book marker.

How to make it

  1. EASY - DIY Shamrock Book Marker

    Cut 2 pieces of paper.  One 2x6 and the other 2.5 x 6.5

  2. Glue your smaller piece to the larger piece.

  3.  

    Use a shamrock stencil or free draw a shamrock onto your book mark.

     
  4.  

    Using your pencil eraser and paints, dip your eraser tip into your paint, and press gently onto your paper in the designated shape area. Repeat until your shape is outlined.  I used a darker green for the outline and a lighter green for the inside, but you can choose your own style.

     
  5. Using alphabet stamps, dip gently being careful not to over saturate.  Stamp your word onto your book marker.  Use encouraging words or the child's name.

  6.  

    Using a hole punch, punch one hole at the top center. Thread your ribbon through the hole.

     
  7. Using a hole punch, punch one hole at the top center.

Additional Instructions

 

Let dry.

 

See more ideas from Kim on Today's Creative Blog

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