Watching your children learn to write is a proud journey for any parent. But along with all that pride comes something else… souvenirs! From the moment your children take pen to paper, they create all sorts of truly unique things. Rare is the parent who doesn't want to clip and snip and save tidbits of every precious stage of their child's development. But there are ways to do that other than collecting dusty shoeboxes full of papers. One way to make use of those special memories is to wrangle up the kids and spend time together turning all those bits and pieces of their handiwork into a special gift, a bookmark.
What You Do:
- Have your child pick the materials she would like to use for the bookmark. So how do you figure out what to use, and what not to? First of all, don't dismiss anything. Chances are that if there is a scrap of paper haunting your house that you just can't bring yourself to throw away, it'll look good in a bookmark.
- Once your child has picked out some materials, fold the contact paper in half lengthwise and peel the backing off one half, cutting it away so that only one half is sticky. This will make the contact paper easier to work with.
- Have your child arrange her materials in the way she likes. She can put the materials directly on the sticky side of the contact paper, or she can glue them on a piece of construction paper cut to the right size, then place the finished design on the contact paper. Encourage her to use her imagination and spruce it up with some glitter or draw in her own additional designs.
- When she's finished, peel the remaining backing off the contact paper and fold it so the sticky sides are together. If it doesn't fold perfectly, just cut away the extra material, and voila, you have your bookmark!
- For some extra decoration, punch hole in the top and string through some yarn or ribbon.
So start foraging through those old art projects and crumpled train tickets. No matter how you cut it, making your own bookmarks means helping memories last a whole lot longer. And they make great gifts!