What You Need:
- 1 heavy card stock library card pocket (most local libraries are willing to donate one or two)
- Adhesive-backed scrapbook paper or colored duct tape
- About 1 ½ feet of narrow ribbon in your child's favorite color or pattern
- Metal eyelets
- Eyelet setter
- Single-hole punch
- Craft glue (optional)
- Markers, paint, stamps, stickers and other embellishments (optional)
What You Do:
- If you don't feel that your library card pocket is sturdy or colorful enough on its own, reinforce it (especially the edges and corners) with colored duct tape or adhesive-backed scrapbook paper.
- Punch two holes in the top left and right corners of the pocket's back flap. Leave about a half inch margin around each hole.
- Reinforce the holes using the metal eyelets. Insert the barrel of an eyelet through each hole and use the eyelet setter to gently and evenly tap the eyelet into place.
- Thread the ribbon through each eyelet and secure with a knot at the top to create a neck strap.
- Have your child personalize the library card holder by adding embellishments like stickers or paint as desired. Go vintage! Utilize rubber stamps to imprint a special date on the front (your child's birthday or graduation day, perhaps) or use your computer to create a personalized barcode sticker for that authentic library touch. You can also simply find book-themed stickers or scraps to denote the pouch as a library card holder.
This fun project will not only breathe new life into the classic library card pocket, but provide a special place for her first “grown-up” library card.