Make It, Don't Buy It: Valentines, Take Two (continued)
by Amy Brayfield
For each bookmark, arrange a heart so that it’s at the top of the bookmark, with the curves of the heart touching the top edge of the bookmark. Carefully, punch two holes so that they go through the heart and the bookmark. Thread the ribbon through the holes and secure the heart to the bookmark with a neat bow or knot.
Let your child write a Valentine message on the heart. (My daughter opted for the not-very-sentimental but very 1st-grade-appropriate Groucho Marx quote: “Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.’ She did add “Happy Valentine’s Day” at the end.) We wrote the message on the back side of the heart — you could certainly write it on the front, or indeed, on the bookmark itself.
And that’s it: The bookmark is great because it wraps around the page, making it less likely to slip out. They don’t even take long to dry, and they’re almost ridiculously easy to make.
And I have to confess: I’m hoping I end up with one of these myself on Valentine’s Day.
Amy Brayfield is a cheapskate, and she's not afraid to admit it. In addition to torturing her children by not taking them to McDonald's every day, she writes about parenting and family topics for various national and local magazines. She lives happily in the Midwest with her husband and two children.