I love when kids give handmade gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and to friends. Because crafting is not my cup of tea, today my blogger friends are letting me share with you their clever and crafty DIY bookmarks that kids can make themselves. Make these as gifts or simply for a fun literacy-related craft project.
And teachers, these could be a bonus art center activity, don’t you think?
14 Bookmarks That Kids Can Make Themselves (for Gifts or Fun)
Scribble Monsters from Arts and Crackers
I love how this project uses kid-made (not adult) art. I would want this bookmark for Mother’s Day. Just saying.
“Read” & Paint from Swoodson Says
Use her stencil for the letters then have your children finger paint the rest.
“Read” Washi Tape from Kenarry
Use alphabet stamps for the word “read” then decorate this DIY bookmark with washi tape.
Personalized Watercolor Resist from What Do We Do All Day
Kids write their names in wax crayon, watercolor over it, and grown-ups can add lamination. What a lovely way to preserve a child’s handwriting and beginning writing! I’d want to save this forever.
Embroidered from Swoodson Says
Isn’t this precious? Kids design a bookmark then embroider their design on a pretty piece of material. I love this so much!
Paint Chip from Mommy Evolution
You don’t need many supplies for this colorful craft using paint chips and a hole punch. Hole punching is great for developing hand strength which directly impacts fine motor skills. When my daughter went to OT, we had to do tons of hand strengthening activities like hole punching.
DIY Reading Pointer from Imagination Soup
Craft sticks are great because you can use them to track left to right, a necessary skill for reading. But you also can use these craft stick pointers as bookmarks. Besides the ideas I’ve listed, you can add pizazz to the sticks with markers or washi tape.
Perler Bead Paperclips from Babble Dabble Do
My kids loved Perler Beads — how about yours? These look like tons of fun to make, too. If you like the idea of a paper clip bookmark, find another idea using ribbons here.
Color Your Own
These aren’t handmade per say but would be great for young children who can hold a crayon and color.
Harder Bookmark Projects for 8+
Harry Potter from Red Ted Art
Weave together strips of colored paper to create a chevron Harry Potter bookmark. Do you know what HP house you are you in? (I’m a Ravenclaw.)
Corners (In A Kazillion Styles) from Red Ted Art
Here you’ll find adorable projects to make corner bookmarks in the shapes of llamas, turtles, unicorns, Elmo, and so much more.
Koala from Creative Family Fun
Older kids can design, watercolor, and cut out this adorable koala.
Inspirational Coloring from Fun for Little Ones
This is exactly what it sounds like — a set of printable bookmarks with motivational messages.
Avengers by Crafts by Amanda
Crafts sticks plus Marvel superheroes make for a clever DIY project. However, I’m pretty sure these would only work for older kids due to the tiny detailing of the designs.
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