Washi tape has become a staple in our home. My boys and I love the variety of ways that we can use this versatile material. Not only has washi tape been helpful for me in organizing my planners, it has been a wonderful material for use in crafts with kids, including these DIY bookmarks that I’ll be sharing with you.
The boys and I are constantly searching for items to mark our places in the many books we read. In times of desperation, we resort to using grocery lists, newspaper, and tissues. We rummaged through our craft supplies to unearth a variety of materials to make Creative DIY Bookmarks Using Washi Tape.
Creative DIY Bookmarks Using Washi Tape
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These creative bookmarks can be as plain or fancy as you desire. Do a thorough search of potential materials throughout your home. Encourage your kids to use their imaginations to devise alternative ways to craft.
Materials We Used For Our DIY Bookmarks:
- washi tape (here are some varieties of washi tape that we used)
- construction paper
- card stock (we liked this cardstock from Blitsy and this one from MAMBI)
- foam sheets
- pony beads
- hole punch
- googly eyes
- shape paper punches (heart, star, butterfly, flower, circle)
- ruler (optional)
Possible Additional Materials For DIY Bookmarks:
- pom poms
- colored pencils
- watercolor paints
- magazine pictures (create a collage bookmark!)
- pipe cleaners
Directions for Washi Tape DIY Bookmarks:
1. Select paper or foam sheet. Measure bookmark and cut to desired size.
2. Plan out your design and decorate your bookmark with your favorite art supplies.
3. Select the washi tape or tapes that you want to add to your bookmark. Cut to size and apply.
4. Add additional decorative touches, if desired.
5. (Optional) Use a hole punch or two at top. Use ribbon or twine to secure beads or buttons for a bit of flair.
One of the best parts of this Creative DIY Bookmark craft is the freedom to create at will. We spread our materials around and dove right in. I chose a few themes to work on, as did my older boys. The younger boys just had a blast creating monsters and fantasy creatures.
These bookmarks are also easy to customize with names, favorite colors, or themes. Customized items are a hit in this house. The boys and I love having bookmarks that are personal, as well as fun, to mark our places in our books.
The bookmarks can be cut to any size. We created several longer versions for larger textbooks and picture books. Smaller bookmarks are perfect for paperbacks and Bibles.
To add a Christian touch, we added a cross to some of our bookmarks. We simply used two strips of washi tape. One strip of washi tape is cut slightly longer and placed vertically. The shorter strip is placed about one-third of the way down from the top. We also used a marker to add short Bible verses and inspirational words.
The boys plan to continue their bookmarks creations to give as gifts and as keepsakes. I can’t wait to see how they will use their imaginations for more DIY fun.
I think this DIY craft would be fun to add to an art class. I would also use as an activity for CCD or teen program at church.
If bookmarks aren’t your thing, you might check out some other washi tape crafts that my boys and I have done.
The boys made patriotic streamers for Memorial Day and Fourth of July. These frugal streamers are especially fun for little ones to use while dancing or on their bikes.
This Spring, the boys created Easter cards using washi tape. These cards turned out so cute. They will make wonderful hand-written treats to family and friends.
For more craft fun, the boys made flowers using washi tape, craft sticks, and tissue paper. These DIY flowers will be used as gifts for Mother’s Day, CCD teacher thank yous, and Spring home decor.
What type of materials do you have in your home to create DIY bookmarks? How will you and your family use these bookmarks?
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