Creative Crafts for Creative Kids

Archive for September 2011

With so many food allergies these days, it’s no wonder many schools ban certain foods such as nuts. If you have a food allergic child or have one that attends a school with restrictions for holiday parties and school lunches, this project would make a perfect substitute for candy at the class Halloween party. This project is also great for the avid reader in your life.

Things you will need:

  • Construction paper in Halloween colors
  • Crayons
  • Glue
  • A ruler
  • A pencil
  • A pen or marker
  • Scissors
  • Yarn in a Halloween color
  • Clear packing tape
  • A hole punch

Step 1: Think about what kind of design you want on your bookmark. For this project I will be making a candy corn bookmark. Some other ideas include bats and pumpkins. Once you have an idea, draw each of the pieces you need. You also need to draw a rectangle for the base of your bookmark.

Step 2: Cut out all of the pieces you just drew for your bookmark. For this example I cut out enough pieces to make about 20 pieces of candy corn.

Step 3: Glue all of your pieces together. If you are making this project with a younger child, they can simply color a design onto the bookmark rather than cut out lots of little pieces.

Step 4: Glue all of your finished pieces onto the base of your bookmark. I have glued the candy corn in a random pattern as seen above, covering the entire bookmark completely.

Step 5: Once the glue has dried, flip your bookmark over and write “Happy Halloween” on the back. If it is a gift for someone else, you can choose to write their name as well.

Step 6: Cut a length of  clear packing tape and lay it flat on the table. Gently place your bookmark on top, pressing down firmly to remove air bubbles.

Step 7: Cut another length of packing tape and lay it over the top of the bookmark. Smooth out any bubbles and cut around the edges to clean things up.

Step 8: Once everything is assembled punch a hole in one end of the bookmark. Additionally, you’ll cut a length a string and thread it through the hole, tying a knot to secure.

Congratulations! You have a made a fun Halloween bookmark! This project is a great alternative to candy as a treat for friends at a school party. It is also perfect for the little reader in your life! Did you do this project? How did it turn out? Please post your comments and pictures in the comments section. Happy crafting!

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