How to Make Five 5 Minute Bookmarks

Five 5 Minute Bookmarks

Today I’ve put together some simple DIY bookmarks for children. Each of which can be made in five minutes but they’ll keep your books looking fun forever.

 

MONSTER BOOKMARK

Things you need: x 1 sheet coloured card, x 1 sheet white paper, googly eyes, x 1 pipe cleaner, glue, pencil, scissors and hole punch.

Five Mins Bookmark Monster

Step 1: Draw round a cup or glass twice to make a two circle shapes and cut out (approx 8 cm diameter).

Step 2: Place the two circles together and hole punch three holes on the top edge.

Step 3: Split circles and cut one of them across the middle to make two triangular teeth.

Step 4: Cut two triangles from white paper to fit the teeth and stick on.

Step 5: Add googly eyes between the teeth and the punched holes.

Step 6: Stick the semi circle (but not the teeth) and the full circle together making sure the punched holes line up.

Step 7: Curl the pipe cleaner in and out the holes to make the monster’s curly hair.

 

TISSUE PAPER MOSAIC BOOKMARK

Things you need: x 1 sheet coloured card, several squares of coloured tissue paper, glue, pencil and scissors.

Five Mins Bookmark Tissue Mosaic

Step 1: Cut various colours of tissue paper into small squares.

Step 2: Cut a long strip of coloured card (the size of your bookmark).

Step 3: Stick the tissue paper onto the card with glue making sure they overlap to cover all of the card.

Step 4: Trim the edges to get a neat finish.

 

FLOWER BOOKMARK

Things you need: x 2 sheets different coloured card, glue, pencil and scissors.

Five Mins Bookmark Flower

Step 1: Cut a strip of coloured card approx. 20 cm long and the width a ruler.

Step 2: Fold the strip in half then fold down each end by approx. 2 cm.

Step 3: Cut both 2 cm end folds into a point.

Step 4: Stick the strip together, leaving the pointed ends bent outwards.

Step 5: Take the other sheet of coloured card and draw and cut out six small petal shapes.

Step 6: Cut out approx. 10-12 larger petal shapes in both colours.

Step 7: Start to fan the petals around the top of the stalk and continue to layer with the different colours.

Step 8: Cut out a small circle to finish the centre of the flower.

 

PAPER STAMPING BOOKMARK

Things you need: x 4 sheets different coloured card, x 1 sheet white card, x 4 small paper stampers for different shapes, pattern cutting scissors, hole punch, wool to match coloured card, pencil and scissors.

Five Mins Bookmark Paper Punch

Step 1: Cut four 3.5 x 21 cm strips of coloured card and four more in plain white card.

Step 2: Pair up one white card strip with one coloured card strip.

Step 3: Paper punch any chosen shapes into the top card strip.

Step 4: Hole punch through the top of both strips.

Step 5: Cut five 16 cm lengths of wool in matching colour and tie through punched holes to secure the two strips of card together.

 

OWL BOOKMARK

Things you need: x 1 sheet coloured or patterned card, x 1 sheet white paper, x 1 piece of orange card, googly eyes, glue and scissors.

Five Mins Bookmark Owl

Step 1: Take a sheet of coloured or patterned card and fold it in half.

Step 2: Place a cup or glass just below the folded edge of the card and draw round the glass for a circle shape.

Step 3: Draw some pointed ears onto the fold in the card. It is important to keep a small flat point for the ears to keep the two sides of the card joined together.

Step 4: Cut out the double thickness card and unfold to make sure the two sides are joined.

Step 5: Cut out two round circles from white paper and stick on the owl.

Step 6: Stick two googly eyes to the white circles to complete the owl’s eyes.

Step 7: Cut out a small triangular beak from orange card then stick between the eyes.

Don’t forget to try my Batman bookmark too.

How to Make a Batman Bookmark

Sometimes I find I just need a quick activity to entertain the children for half an hour. So this week I thought I’d share my Batman bookmark craft with you to try out over the half term.

Batman Book Craft

Step 1: Cut out one 12 x 12 cm square piece of black card (Fig. 1). Fold in half horizontally (Fig. 2). Unfold, then fold in half horizontally again the other way so the cross crease is clear to see (Fig. 3).

Batman Bookmark Step 1

Step 2: Cut out one of the folded squares and put aside for later. An L-shape should remain (Fig. 4). Fold the top left corner towards the middle, crease (Fig. 5), then cut along the crease. Repeat on the opposite side to make the ear shapes (Fig. 6).

Batman Bookmark Step 2

Step 3: Take a second piece of black card and mark out another 12 x 12 cm square (but do not cut out yet). Now mark two 6 x 6 x 6 triangles off one corner then cut out the full shape (Fig. 7). Fold the main square horizontally each way as before (Fig. 8). Cut out the square to the left of the additional triangles (Fig. 9).

 Batman Bookmark Step 3

Step 4: Next fold the side square onto the middle square (Fig. 10). Then fold the remaining shape on top of the other two squares to form a house shape (Fig. 11). There is now an ear shape and a house shape (Fig. 12).

Batman Bookmark Step 4

Step 5: Take the ear shape with the ears pointing up and v-shape pointing down (Fig.13). Next the aim is to make the v-shape between the ears flat. To do this cut approx. 1 cm horizontally either side of the v-shape. Trim off by cutting to the top corners of the ears on either side (Fig. 14).

Batman Bookmark Step 5

Step 6: Next take the house shape (Fig. 15) and glue the ear shape (Fig. 16) onto it so the ears fold inwards (Fig. 17). The roof point of the house shape should reach the middle of the flat edge between the ears.

Batman Bookmark Step 6

Step 7: Finally pick up the small square you put aside in Step 2. Fold it in half diagonally then cut along the fold to leave two smaller triangle halves. Take one of the halves and fold it in half again then unfold to show the crease (Fig. 18). Add glue to the two corners which are furthest apart. Stick the two corners onto the house shape (Fig. 19). Make sure the triangle is pointing downwards so it can be stuck on as the nose. The fold should be slightly elevated to give a slight 3D effect.

Batman Bookmark Step 7

Step 8: Make small white triangles for the eyes and stick on at an upward slant (Fig. 20).

Batman Bookmark Step 8

… and there you have a Batman bookmark which sits on the corner of the page.

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