I needed a small gift for guest speakers at work, so I thought bookmarks would be a nice idea…
It took a while to figure the materials, but here is what I came up with. We started with shrinky-dinks. You can buy it at most craft stores, it is the plastic that shrinks when you put it in the oven.
I cut out rectangles with rounded corners, punched a hole, then wrote, “thanks” with a permanent marker. Then I put them in the oven at 325, for about 5 minutes. When they shrink, they curl right up, but leave them in the oven until they flatten back out.
The kids love making these too. Both of the kids made a couple small pieces, that I am going to attach to keychains to use as zipper pulls, or on their back packs. I’ll show you a picture when they are done.
After they cooled, I used pliers to attach a jump ring (fancy name for the little metal ring) to each one.
Then, to make the bookmark part, I actually found a plastic binder with a bit of a texture and cut it into pieces. I started with an exacto knife, but learned that scissors work just as well. I rounded the corners with the scissors. Then, I used a single hole punch to punch a hole in the top of each bookmark.
To make the decorations on the end of the bookmarks, I used a variety of black, silver, and crystal beads. I threaded them on a head pin (a head pin is like a normal pin, but meant for jewellery because it is bendable) cut the excess wire off and bent a loop. Then I attached the loops to the jump ring with the shrinky-dink tag.