DIY Ribbon Bookmarks

This is one I’ve wanted to do for a long time! It’s a great way to use earrings that you only have one of. Plus, it’s super quick and they turn out really pretty!

Materials:

Ribbon
Jump Rings
Needlenose pliers
Scissors
Charms (I used earrings that I only had one of)
Clasp Closures
Liquid Stitch (optional)

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Directions:

  1. Match a charm to a ribbon. I held my chosen charm up to each ribbon until I found a pair that looked good together.
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  2. Measure and cut the ribbon to the desired length. I made mine about an inch longer on either side of a book – I just used whichever book was closest. The great thing about these is that its easy to make many at once – so you can make a bunch in different lengths if you want.
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  3. Choose the clamp closure size that best matches your ribbon. My clamp closures came in a pack of three different sizes, which was great. Use the needle-nose pliers to close the clamp closure around one end of the ribbon (preferably whichever end is less neat).
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  4. Use a jump ring to attach the charm of your choice to the clasp closure.
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  5. If desired, use a fray protector to finish the other end. I left mine as-is.
  6. Ta-da! Now go read a book and use your ribbon bookmark to mark your place!

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❤ Annette

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DIY Hungry Caterpillar Bracelet

In honor of children’s book week, I’ve got a craft based on Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. It was one of my favorites growing up and now my nephews love it too.

Materials:

10 mm ceramic red beads
10 mm green beads
.5 mm elastic thread
Yellow puff paint
Black puff paint
Scissors
Super glue (optional)

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Directions:

Making the Caterpillar’s Head

(I would suggest making two or three, then choosing the best one for your bracelet. These are hard because they’re so small! It’s also useful to keep tissues or paper towels on hand, so you can wipe the puff paint off if you make a mistake.)

  1. Use yellow puff paint to add two large eyes to a ceramic red bead.
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  2. Use black puff paint to add a pupil to each eye. I found this easier when the yellow was still wet.
  3. Use black puff paint to add antennae.

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    This wasn’t the final one – his expression is pretty wonky 😛
  4. Place bead hole-down so it doesn’t roll. Let dry.

Making the Bracelet

  1. Determine how big you want your bracelet to be. I used the size chart here.
  2. Measure a length of your elastic that is twice as long as the desired bracelet, plus a few inches. So if you want to make a toddler bracelet that’s 5 inches around, measure 13 inches. ((5*2)+3=13) Cut the elastic at this length.
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  3. String one green bead on to the elastic and slide it so it is exactly in the middle. You can do this by holding both ends of the elastic together.
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  4. Now, string the next green bead through both ends of the elastic. Repeat for all green beads, until you reach the desired length. Don’t forget to save a spot for the red bead!
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  5. When the head bead is dry, string it on both strings of the elastic as well.
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  6. String one end of the elastic back through the original bead.
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  7. Tie both ends of the elastic together, two or three times.
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  8. I don’t trust elastic to hold, so I always add a dab of super glue to the knot.
  9. Trim the ends of the elastic.

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Voila! Now you have an adorable Hungry Caterpillar bracelet!

I do want to note that the beads can be a choking hazard, so be careful who you give these to.

If your child loves The Very Hungry Caterpillar, they also may like: (affiliate links)

 

 

 

❤ Annette

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Printable Bookmarks

I’m currently in the process of moving, so creating bookmarks for myself is only a dream at this point. So I thought I’d share bookmarks from throughout the web that you can just print! I discovered all of these via Pinterest, so I’m sharing the pins below. Please do not pin them from my page – click on the link and pin them from Pinterest or the original site!

Bookmark 1
From Crazy Little Projects
Bookmark 2
From Simply Kelly Designs
Bookmark 3
From Disney.com

 

Bookmark 4
From Crafty Housewife

 

Bookmark 5
From Hanna Nilson Design
Bookmark 6
From Easy College Coupons
Bookmark 7
From Amelica.com
Bookmark 12
From Blooming Homestead

 

 

Bookmark 14
From Carrie Elle Printables

 

Which one is your favorite? Hopefully I’ll be able to feature some DIY bookmarks once I get settled into my new place. 🙂

❤ Annette

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DIY Bookish Gifts

Here are ten bookish gifts that you can make yourself! There will be less pictures on this post because I don’t want to use someone else’s photos without permission. For all of my other bookish gift guides, click here.

1. Penguin Classics Poster

This super colorful poster is easy to make and makes a great decoration. You can find it at Modern Mrs. Darcy.

2. Embroidery Art

If you’re good at embroidery, you can make some embroidery hoop art. I like this one from Flamingo Toes which says “Shh… I’m reading”. I also like this one from Etsy, which shows a woman carrying a huge stack of books.

3. Cross-stitch Art

Very similar, but I find cross-stitching easier than embroidery, because it’s more structured. I like this clever pattern, in which one book remarks to another “you look thinner” and the second book says “I had my appendix taken out”.

4. Book Lover Necklace

This cute necklace features a colorful stack of books. It looks simple to make, and the blog (blog.darice.com) has great step by step directions.

5. Reading Pillow

This pillow has a pocket to hold your book when you’re not reading it!

6. Book Page Art Print

There are so many cute way to do this! I’ve linked some of my favorites (no directions, just inspiration) here, here, and here.

7. Charging Station (That Looks Like a Book!)

This charging station hides your charging devices within a book. It’s easily customizable because you can choose the book/book cover you use.

8. Book Clutch!

A perfect accessory! Or, if the book is big enough, I think it could make a beautiful jewelry box. One tutorial can be found here.

9. Giant Quilted Book Cushion

These are so fun! They’re giant cushions made to look like books! I think these would be extra fantastic in a classroom library/reading center.

10. Book Bag

Check out this sewn book bag or this crocheted one.

What do you think? Which item on this list would you most like to receive?

❤ Annette

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Bookish Christmas Decorations

Happy holidays! I love this entire season, so you’ll be seeing many posts from me about Christmas. (Christmas is what I celebrate, but if you celebrate something else [or nothing at all] I hope you have a great December as well!)

Without further ado, here are some awesome bookish Christmas decorations I found, mostly via Pinterest. Because none of the images are mine, you will only find links to the original posts below. Go check them out! 🙂

  • Book Page Decopauged Christmas Ornament
    • This is one of many super cute bookish Christmas ornaments. The original creator made this with a map, but it could easily be done with book pages!
  • Book of Christmas Cards
    • I think this is a fantastic way to store your Christmas cards, in a way you can see them year after year!
  • Wreath Made with Book Pages
    • I’m not sure if this would be simpler or harder than it looks. It’s both complex and simple looking.
  • Christmas Card with Book Pages
    • I love how they used strips of print to make a Christmas tree on the card. Simple, yet beautiful.
  • Book Place Setting
    • This is perfect for a fancy holiday dinner. It only links to a Pinterest pin, since I can’t find the original source. 😦 Let me know if you know who it belongs to!
  • Star Garland
    • This links to an Etsy listing, in case you don’t want to make it on your own. 🙂 They can be made with maps or book pages or sheet music. How fun!
  • Christmas Tree Made of Books
    • Perfect for a library or any other bookish setting.
  • Book Advent Calendar
    • I love this idea – to open and read a Christmas book each day of advent. I loved all the Christmas books we had as a child and I would have loved the surprise that comes with this tradition.
  • Poinsettia Made with Book Pages
    • This is so cute! She uses it on cards, but I think you could also use it as a decoration or even for gift wrapping.
    • Here’s another version of a book page poinsettia.

Which one is your favorite? Did I miss any great bookish Christmas decorations? Let me know in the comments below!

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