Here are the step by step instructions to accompany my video ‘Simple Character Bookmarks’ for the Kid’s Make and Bake Club. Scroll down to the bottom for the video! 🙂
What you will need for your bookmarks.
- Coloured pencils
- Cereal box or similar
- White paper
- Thin white card
- Glue stick
- Circular item to draw round i.e. lid to a pot
- Optional extras, scraps of wrapping paper, stickers, gems etc
Firstly, decide on your character, the only limit is your imagination. A cowboy, an alien, a footballer, princess, explorer, what ever you would like. Then cut a rectangle of card from an old cereal box or similar. Not too big, but wide and long enough to mark the page in your book.
Next, place your cardboard rectangle onto a piece of white paper and mark it slightly longer top and bottom and at least twice the width. You can do this my moving the rectangle in from the edge, and then flipping it over away from the edge, and marking slightly wider. Don’t panic, this doesn’t need to be exact! Then cover your paper in glue and stick your rectangle in the middle.
Fold over the two ends and then fold over either side, so the cardboard is completely covered. Turn over and draw on your ‘outfit’ for the body of your bookmark. You can draw stripes for a coloured t-shirt, a dress for a princess, a spacesuit for an astronaut, the options are endless.
Draw around your lid onto the thicker card to get a face shape, I was mass producing here but you won’t need to make so many, unless you want to!
Draw a face onto your circle, making sure you leave a gap at the top to give you space to glue your hair on. Colour in your face and put some glue at the top of the ‘body’. Stick your head to the body and then place it on to the card. Mark the sides and top of your head and then draw your hairstyle on, making sure that it is slightly narrower then your face in the middle, so that there is something for it to stick to. You want it to ‘frame’ your face.
Stick your hair on to your face, this can be done either before or after sticking it your body, I’ve tried both ways with equal success.
Your finished product should look something like this! I’d love to see what you come up with. You can tweet me on twitter, tag me on instagram or post it to my facebook page so I can tell you how fabulous I think they are! 🙂
These bookmarks can be made for your children to keep for themselves, as a gift for a friend, or maybe even a teacher’s present for the upcoming end of year, after all, bookmarks are always useful and teachers love having the personal touch of a homemade present to remember their pupils by.