A Novel Idea: Old Cards as Bookmarks
By Lesley Stevens
Remember the ‘crafternoons’ of yesteryear? They tended to be rainy days at home during the holidays, or after-school activities with friends and they were nearly always loads of fun.
And did you know you can make something really useful out of old things you already have lying around the house? Think for a minute about that stack of old newspapers and greetings cards, for instance, those that are waiting in the utility room for the next recycling collection. Perhaps you can do something with them and put them to even better use?
1. Grab the Right Materials –
2. Lay Out Your Supplies –
Clear a space at your dining room table or even on your floor, cover with a protective mat and ensure everything’s close to hand before you get going. Why not make a real afternoon of it and get your little ones involved as they will love dividing out all the various bits and bobs you can lay your hands on. An ideal activity to keep in mind for those rainy-summer days we seem to be having at the moment.
3. Get Crafty –
It’s now that the real fun begins! Select your cards – be it a favorite birthday card or a much-loved Christmas card – and transform them into bookmarks.
Start by cutting the cards into shape (long, thin rectangles work best), using a ruler and sharp pencil to mark to size.
Next, add a hole in the top center with a hole punch.
Thread through some string or ribbon to finish. Fold the ribbon in half and push it through the hole. Then bring the ends up through the loop (as pictured.) If you like, you can add final flourishes like glitter or other stick-on additions to make your bookmarks truly unique.
Lesley Stevens is a designer of more than 30 years’ experience. Lesley runs a handmade card company called Decorque Cards from her home in Oxfordshire, UK.