March 17, 2012

Fun Photo Bookmarks

Once again, it's thanks to Pinterest that I was able to do a fun little project with my kids.  Several weeks ago, Pinterest led me to these awesome bookmarks at Creative Family Moments.  So easy, so fun and so perfect for my book-loving kids.  However, like so many of my pins, I had the idea there ready and waiting for the right opportunity to use it. 


When it was my daughter's turn to host her book club and we decided to do the poems of Shel Silverstein, I remembered the bookmarks and knew they be perfect.  One of Silverstein's collections of poems that we read is called Falling Up ~ it goes right along with our fun bookmarks.

Check them out...


Aren't they fun?

I pretty much followed the original tutorial, with just a few small changes.

Here's what I did...

1.  Take a photo of the child posing as if they're holding onto a rope and hanging down.  (I had the kids stand in front of a white sheet because I thought I'd be using my computer printer and wanted to cut down on the ink used).


2.  Print out your photos.  I ended up finding a special on 4x6 prints at my local store, so I just did that instead of using my home printer, but either would work.



3.  Cut out as close as possible around the photo of your kid.


4.  Using a glue stick, mount your photo to card stock to make your bookmark a little sturdier.  However, DO NOT glue down the hands, only the head and body.  Then cut out around the photo again.








5.  Next, you'll want to slip in your tassel between the photo and the cardstock backing (that's why you didn't want to glue that part down).  Visit Heather's original post for a great tutorial on making the tassels.  She explains it really well and has great pictures and instructions.


I just tried to look at the hand position and then placed my tassel so it looks like the kids were really holding it.  Then I put some glue on the cardstock and some on the photo and smushed them together.  After it was good and stuck, I trimmed off the excess string on the other side.

6.  Finally, I cut out a piece of contact paper to cover the back and front of the bookmark.  I adhered it to both sides, smoothed it down and cut out around the bookmark, leaving about 1/8" or so around the edges.




That's it!  Aren't they fun?  The kids love seeing themselves hanging down from the page.


 Oh, and if you're looking for some fun poems that the kids will love, definitely check out Shel Silverstein's collections .  We have all of them and they were a big hit with the 8-9 year olds in my daughter's book club.  The girls really loved the silly humor and they each had several favorite poems that they shared.

Here is the book club in action...


And the books that we read.  Each girl could choose a book and then shared their favorite poems...




33 comments:

  1. So cute! I teach 1st grade and this would be a great project to do with (for) my students. It's gonna be a LOT of cutting for me tho. ;-)

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    1. This would be a great time for your Mother & Father volunteers to step up and help you.

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  2. Where can I buy the tassels?

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  3. This is great! Love this! My 7 year old would really enjoy this project.

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  4. Terri, it did take a bit longer than I thought to cut them all out. (I originally planned to send them home with the girls that same evening, but ended up having to work on them the next day.) However, it was totally worth it. The kids love it and they're all using their bookmarks at school.

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  5. Anonymous, I made the tassels using embroidery thread. Click on the links I gave to the original post because she does a great job explaining how to make one. However, you might be able to purchase them at a craft store too, I've just never looked.

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  6. Yay! Yours came out so cute. So glad they worked for you! I'll have to check out that poem!

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  7. These bookmarks are great! With a great book, they would make a fun grandparent's day present.

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  8. Thanks for sharing the bookmarks on the Afterschool Party Hop. Anytime you can connect an activity to literacture it makes it so much more meaningful. These would make adorable gifts too, just like Kelly said. Keep up the great work1

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  9. I love these! What a great idea. Thanks for linking up to the Afterschool Blog Hop!

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  10. What a fun idea. I'm now following you.

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  11. What a great idea for a craft (even though it does require quite a bit of prep :)). Thanks for linking to Afterschool.

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  12. Those are super cute!! Will need to give those a try!! My boys will think that is awesome!!! Newest follower!!! :)

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  13. How clever! I just love this idea! I bet it would be a great gift to give a grandparent along with a book.

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    1. Grandma or Ma,,depends on which grandkid is calling me.March 26, 2012 at 5:54 PM

      This Grandma would love it!

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  14. Great idea. Love the way you designed them for the book. Makes something boring tons of fun. thanks for sharing.

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  15. This is a great idea for a gift for Grandma also! I have time between now and Grandparents Day, I think in August? to make a couple to send to our son's grandmother! She's always begging for pictures, even when I just sent her some! lol

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  16. I love this idea! I think I would use laminating sheets instead of contact paper, though. It's a lot "clearer," more durable (contact paper isn't permanent), and I never get air bubbles! You can buy the machine-less laminating sheets or even pouches at Target. I think it's about a dollar per pack if you get the smaller sizes.

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  17. J'adore !! Très belle idée pour la fête des mères! MERCI !

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  18. they are so adorable!!!!!luv them

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  19. i know someone who will love these! well one question how do you make the string???

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  20. Great idea for Grandparent gifts !

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  21. I just found your site through Pinterest, and I can't wait for my kids to wake up in the morning so we can get started with some of your ideas, LOL!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  22. What a great idea. I have boxes of old family photos that never made it into albums and these would make great Christmas gifts!

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  23. I really like your website and the polka dot background. I'm trying to revamp my own, and I currently use freewebs.com because....it's free. What did you use to creat yours?

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  24. Thank you for this inspiration! You could see my results here: http://steffieshexenhaus.blogspot.de/2012/12/lesezeichen-mal-anders.html

    Best wishes from Germany!
    Steffie

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  25. Where can you get these multicolored tassels. I would love to this with my after school program, but cannot find these kinds of tassels.

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    1. I just made the tassels we used, but here are some similar ones on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008YVDO8W/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B008YVDO8W&linkCode=as2&tag=comet0c-20

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  26. Hi there! I stumbled upon your site while browsing the web for Mother's Day craft ideas. I loved this project and have included it in my 25 Kid Friendly Mother's Day Crafts post. I've pinned this to my pinterest boards and am a new follower. I would love for you to stop by and check out your post... Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with the world. Happy Mother's Day! http://www.artistic31mama.com/2013/05/25-kid-friendly-mothers-day-crafts.html

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  27. Love think I will have some fun with the grandkids.
    Thanks so much

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  28. This is a lovely idea. I wanted to make bookmarks for a child's 7th birthday craft party. Been looking for something a little different but also personalised. I have scanned and printed children's paintings and photos onto canvas bags using transfer paper which they loved. Thank you for sharing this idea.

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