Make It, Don't Buy It: Valentines, Take Two
by Amy Brayfield
My daughter and I had so much fun making last week’s Valentines that all my daughter wanted to do this weekend was make more of them! She knew exactly what she wanted to do, too, so I can’t really take credit for this project — I can only say that I had a serious attack of Mommy pride as she explained the idea to me.
I may be biased, but I think these bookmark valentines are great — not only are they charming to look at, but they also encourage reading. Bonus: They’re pretty darn easy to make.
What You Need:
- Sturdy cardstock
- Decorative paper (such as wrapping paper, scrapbooking paper, etc.)
- Rubber cement or glue
- Hole punch
- Narrow ribbon or yarn
What You Do:
Start by cutting strips of cardstock into the length and width of a bookmark. (Once you’ve got one you like, you can use it as a pattern for cutting out the others, but don’t get too obsessed with making them all the same size and shape — a little variation isn’t a big deal.) Depending on how thick your cardstock is, you may want to paste two of them together for a sturdier bookmark.
Now, choose the paper to cover the cardstock. You can cut out strips to make a collage, use one pattern on the front and another on the back or stick to one pattern for the whole bookmark. Carefully cut and paste the paper to the bookmark. (Remember, you can always trim the edges if you need to.) Let it dry.
Meanwhile, cut out cardstock hearts about the same width as your bookmark. You basically want them to be about ¼ the size of your bookmark, and you’ll need one for each of your bookmarks. You can leave the hearts plain or cover them with decorative paper.