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Do you always have your nose in a book? This little guy does too! This dinosaur makes the perfect companion for readers big and small because he’s always there to hold your page. Simply hook his head over a page to mark your spot for next time.

Things you will need:

  • The dinosaur template (Click the link for a PDF)
  • Green craft foam or thick scrapbooking paper
  • A pencil
  • Markers
  • Scissors

Step 1: Cut out the template and trace it onto a piece of craft foam or heavy paper.

Step 2: Carefully cut out the dinosaur.

Step 3: Use your markers to add details to the dinosaur including little circles on his feet, spots on his belly, an eye and a smile. Another option is to use a googly eye instead of drawing an eye in.

Congratulations! You have made a dinosaur bookmark perfect for holding your place while you read. Did you do this project? How did it turn out? Please feel free to share your comments and photos in the comments section. Happy crafting!

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Celebrate the Fourth of July with this fun star necklace. The little pocket is perfect for storing tiny treasures like lip gloss, trinkets and other fun things. This is an advanced beginner to advanced project because it involves simple sewing techniques.

 

Things you will need:

  • Foam sheets in red, white and blue (you can also try using felt)
  • Plastic cord for tying (other options include yarn, ribbon and shoelaces)
  • A large star shape cut out of scrap paper
  • Scissors
  • A pencil
  • Glue

 

Step 1: Using the paper star as a template, trace and cut out two large stars from the foam. You will need two large stars per necklace. I chose to cut my stars out of red and blue but you can use any combination you like. You can also make a third smaller star out of the remaining color to use as a decoration on the necklace.

 

Step 2: Carefully use your pencil to poke holes along the edge  of one of the large stars. Notice how there are no holes along the top of the star. This is the opening of the pouch.

 

Step 3: Line up the two large stars on top of each other. The star with the holes should sit on top. Poke your pencil through the holes making marks around the edge of the second star. Using the marks as a guide, poke holes along the edge of the second star.

 

Step 4: Begin sewing the stars together with the plastic cord. Be sure to use a piece larger than you think you’ll need. Since the cording is stiff you do not need a needle for sewing. If you are using string or ribbon it is helpful to thread it on a child-friendly sewing needle. These needles are usually large and plastic with a blunt point and can be found in your local craft store. As you are sewing be sure to leave a long tail at the end for tying the necklace.

 

Step 5: When you have finished sewing around the edges of the star, tie off the ends of the cord to create the necklace. At this time you can also add extra decorations such as the smaller star. You can even add a small star to both sides and make the necklace reversible.

 

Congratulations! You have made a fun star necklace that is perfect for holding your favorite small trinkets! This project would be a great party activity for keeping all of the kids entertained. You can also turn this into a birthday party craft using other colors and shapes. How did this project turn out? Did you do it differently? Please share your comments and pictures in the comments section. Happy crafting!


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