Animal bookmarks…

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This week we are going to make a dog bookmark–a fun way to hold those pages until you get a chance to get back at that great book!

Since you will be precutting the pieces beforehand, this craft can be done by ages 3 and up. Older children can even take this idea and try to figure out how to change it enough to make other animals.

This idea came from Paper Crafting with Kids  a magazine we have in the store. You should definitely come check it out and see what else you can do with your children.

 You will need light brown paper, dark brown paper, white paper, black paper, ribbon, an eyelet, beads, string, and different adhesives. I used a glue stick, zots, and Supertape.

For this craft you will need to pre cut…

  • 3 1/4″ x 6″ light brown rectangle
  • 2- 2″ oval or teardrop shaped darker brown for ears
  • 2- 1 1/4″ circles in dark brown- one for the eye patch and half of one for the body spot
  • 2- 1 1/2″ white circles for cheeks
  • 2- 1/2″ white circles for eyes
  • 1- 1/2″ dark brown circle for nose
  • 1- 1/2″ colored circle for eyelids cut in half
  • 2- small black circles for pupils

 Okay, the hard part is done! Now for assembly.

Place the rectangle down in front of your child and have them adhere the ears to the top corners.

Next have them glue down the spot behind where the left eye will be, pretty close to the ear and the half spot on the lower right side of the body.

The cheeks will be next. Glue them down under under the eye spot. Then add the small brown nose to the top part, in the center where the two cheeks meet.

Now for the eyes. Glue down the two small white circles. One on the bottom right of the eye spot and the other close by. The pupils should be added next and you are almost done!

Use a brown pen to mark three whisker spots on each cheek, just dot, dot, dot.

Next you will adhere your ribbon for a collar. Wrap your ribbon around the bottom part of the body, leaving room for a hanging “tag”. I used Supertape on the ribbon to hold it in place. I also wrapped our ribbons all the way around the bookmark, gluing the front middle and the two ends on the back. Using a zot, I place a bead in the center of the front, just below the ribbon, for the hang “tag.”

If you would like to add the top string and beads, you can continue on. I placed an eyelet in the top center of the bookmark to add strength, then lace a string loop through the eyelet hole. Take the ends of your string and bring them through the loop and pull tight. You should now have the string attached. Lace three beads onto your sting pull. With your fourth bead, only lace onto one of the two strings and then tie a knot securing the beads onto the string.

Enjoy your bookmark!

This project can be modified easily to make other animals. The magazine also shows a cat, as you see Bailey holding here. You can also use this project to make postcards (no string attachment), invitations, placemarkers, name tags, gift tags, etc…

 

Thanks, and happy crafting!

Tara

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