It’s birthday party season! Although it seems to me that every season is birthday party season around here. Both of our kids have a birthday in the spring and it seems like there’s a party to attend every other weekend. Let’s just say it’s GIFTS GALORE around here right now.
This is why we decided to simplify our lives and get comfortable with the fact that books make the perfect gift: both as a birthday present but also as a thank you gift in lieu of loot bags. But aside from a card or a note written on the inside the front cover, what else could we add to make it a bit more personal?
Solution: make a bookmark!
(I don’t know about you, but our own sad bookmarks consist of various scraps of paper; mostly receipts and those subscription cards that come in magazines. We thought a fun, personalized bookmark would be a nice thing to give someone.)
We decided to try making a very simple monster-style bookmark based on a design we spotted at Tally’s Treasury.
What you’ll need:
• Double-sided scrapbook paper
• Glue stick
• That triangular ruler from your kid’s math set
• Hole punch (optional)
• Yarn (optional)
Click over to Tally’s instructions and start at step number two.
We skipped the optional step of cutting an extra square (that’s step 6.5) and just went straight to the gluing stage. We opted to make smaller eyes and to decorate the girl monster with a bit of yarn for hair.
The best thing about this is that you can decide exactly what your monsters look like and give them their own little personalities. You can even draw the faces, make bigger teeth (or no teeth at all), or make the monster look like the gift recipient! (Bwa ha ha!)
And guess what? We discovered it makes the perfect bookmark for our Harry Potter books, too.
Andrea Tomkins is a mother of two imps, and wife of one. You can follow her adventures on her blog, a peek inside the fishbowl, where she’s been writing about family life since 1999. She’ll be sharing a great new craft idea here at CF.ca every Friday.
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