Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The "Bookie Monster" Bookmark How-To...

Well, both of my kids will be in high school this year...so I'm sharing some of the ideas that I didn't get to use with my own kids (but I still think they're cute!).

I have one child that loves to read (like Mom) and one that doesn't (like Dad in his early years).  I struggled with ways to get my non-reader to enjoy it more.  Looking back at the little boy that he was, I think he might have enjoyed these bookmarks!

This craft is easiest if you use scrapbook paper with a different design on both sides (take your child shopping with you...to a place like Archivers or Michael's).

Using a straight edge, draw a 2.5 x 2.5 inch square in one of the corners of the paper.  Connect another 2.5 x 2.5 inch square to each edge of the original square...

Again, using a straight edge, bisect the outside squares as shown (I scribbled out the part that you won't use).

Cut along the outside edges:

If you are making teeth, use a white strip of cardstock approximately 3.5" x 1".  Cut out the teeth as shown:

Score the remaining pencil lines from your original cut-out. Carefully fold one triangle over to cover half of the remaining square.  Using a glue stick, apply glue to the entire top side of the triangle.  Attach the teeth and then fold down the remaining triangle to close the teeth between the layers.

You will be left with a pocket that can be slipped over the edge of a book page.  Use a circle punch to create eyes (or use stick-on googly eyes).  Flip the paper over and make another one that looks a little bit different!



  1. Ooh...I love it. I am going to try to have the kids makes these in the next few days...I will see how ours turn out!

  2. What a fun idea! B. will love making this!

  3. I don't want that idea for my kids, but for me! I'm always losing bookmarks.

  4. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!!! Did you see my post today about genius inventions! This one would have made that list! I LOVE it!! Thanks so much for linking up to Sassy Sites for our FFA party! Have a FABulous Friday!!


  5. Thanks for visiting my blog -- I'm glad you liked the bookmarks!