Creative Crafts for Creative Kids

Marbleized Bookmarks

Posted on: August 24, 2009

Looking for a fun back-to-school project?  These marbleized bookmarks are fun, beautiful and easy to make.  You can even go beyond bookmarks and make stationery, cards, papers and more.  The ideas are endless and more (as well as further instructions) can be found here.  This project can get messy so it is a good idea to wear old clothes or a smock and very young children should be supervised.

elephant and marble 011What you will need:

  • Paper towels
  • A plate, pie tin or other disposable surface
  • Toothpicks
  • Food coloring
  • Shaving cream
  • Note cards  or other thick paper
  • Ribbon or string
  • Hole  punch
  • Decorative edge scissors

elephant and marble 013Step 1: Using your decorative scissors cut the edges of your bookmark.  Use your hole punch to make a hole in the top of your bookmark (You will thread this with yarn later).

elephant and marble 015Step 2: Spread a thick layer of shaving cream onto your plate or pie tin.

elephant and marble 019Step 3: Drop a few drops of food coloring onto the shaving cream and use a toothpick to swirl the colors around.  Do not swirl them too much or the colors will mush together and turn brown.

elephant and marble 021Your shaving cream should now look something like this.

elephant and marble 024Step 4: Place your bookmark right side down into the shaving cream and press down lightly.  Gently lift your bookmark back out of the saving cream.

elephant and marble 027Step 5: Your bookmark is now covered in shaving cream.  Place it on a covered surface and firmly wipe (in one direction!) away the excess shaving cream.  Thread your ribbon or yarn through the hole and you will have a completed bookmark!

elephant and marble 029Congratulations!  You now have a completed bookmark!  Try this technique out with papers of other colors, styles or thicknesses.  You can make all sorts of neat things and no two marbleized designs are alike!

elephant and marble 033Did you do this project?  Please share your pictures and comments in the comments section!


1 Response to "Marbleized Bookmarks"

LOVE this project!!! It is super easy and fun for children of all ages. I will be doing this project with 3-5 year olds in a preschool class. I’m mixing it up a little and using a leaf shape piece of card stock to go with our fall theme. LOVE IT!!! Keep up the great work Funny Emily ;0

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