DIY Chevron Bookmarks

 

DIY chevron bookmark - these paper bookmarks are so fast and easy to make! Great tutorial with photos of each step.

Is chevron going to be the shag carpet of our generation?  Will our grandkids look at photos of our houses and say “Why were you guys so obsessed with zig zags?” Whatever.  I don’t care.  These DIY chevron bookmarks are seriously cute.  I kind of want to make a zillion of them…

want to learn how to make one too? great!

You’ll need:

-4 strips of paper that are identical in width (a paper slicer comes in super handy)

-some glue

-your iPhone to show off how super cute your bookmark turned out when it’s done

Here we go.  Cut two strips of each color you choose.  Both sides of the paper will be visible – so plan accordingly.

 

DIY chevron bookmark - these paper bookmarks are so fast and easy to make! Great tutorial with photos of each step.

Next, glue the two strips of your first color together.  Make sure the ends are lined up pretty perfectly.  Then lay your second color up against the top strip of your first color, glue it into place.

DIY chevron bookmark - these paper bookmarks are so fast and easy to make! Great tutorial with photos of each step.

Glue the other second color strip into place like so.  Here’s the hardest part… wait for the glue to dry.  It will save you a world of heartache, but you’ll be so excited that it will feel like years before it’s ready to start folding.  DIY chevron bookmark - these paper bookmarks are so fast and easy to make! Great tutorial with photos of each step.

Glue’s dry?  Great!  Pull the top right strip down and line it up with the left side strips.  Check that the end of the strip is snug against the others.  As you pull it down tighter, use your nail or a credit card to crease the fold well.DIY chevron bookmark - these paper bookmarks are so fast and easy to make! Great tutorial with photos of each step.

Now continue this pulling and folding, alternating sides, always pulling the top color down to the opposite side. DIY chevron bookmark - these paper bookmarks are so fast and easy to make! Great tutorial with photos of each step.When you’re bookmark is as long as you want it to be, fold each strip to the back side of the book mark and glue them into place together.  (I forgot to take photos of this step.) If you fold the strips in the right order, you’ll maintain the chevron pattern on the back side too.  Just try it a few different ways until it looks right.

Voila!  Ain’t she cute?  Now go read something so you can use your awesome new bookmark!

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DIY Glitter Magnets

Adorable DIY Glitter Magnets! What a great gift idea!

I’ve got a thing for black and gold lately.  Sorry, not sorry.  It just looks so fancy and makes me feel like Daisy Buchanan (any Great Gatsby fans?).  These DIY glitter magnets gave me my glam fix for the weekend and were super quick and easy to make!

You’ll need:

-flat back clear marbles (glass things? do we even call these marbles??? Anyway, you can find them at a big craft store or Dollar Tree.  Just make sure they’re clear and not opalescent, unless that’s your thing.)

-glitter

-glue (any kind)

-paint

-3 paintbrushes (including one you can toss)

-magnets (I found super thin, super strong neodymium magnets at a craft store.  They look so much sleeker than the thick, ceramic ones.)

-E6000 or another super heavy duty glue

Let’s do this. Dump your glitter into piles on a paper plate (for easy clean up).  Choose your marbles.  Paint the glue onto the flat back of the marbles and press the marble into the glitter pile. You might have to trash the paintbrush depending on what kind of glue you use.  Adorable DIY Glitter Magnets! What a great gift idea!You could totally glitterize the entire back but I liked the idea of showing some of the paint.

Adorable DIY Glitter Magnets! What a great gift idea!I tried out a few different glitters.  When in Rome, spread glitter everywhere you can.

Adorable DIY Glitter Magnets! What a great gift idea!Now get the other two paintbrushes.  Keep one dry and use it to dust excess glitter off of the areas you’re about to paint.  Then take the other brush and get a huge blob of paint on it.  Using generous amounts of paint will keep you from getting a brush full of glitter.  Cover the back liberally with paint and leave them upside down to dry.

Once the backs are dry, use E6000 or another super heavy duty glue to affix your magnets to the back and then go look for stuff to stick on your fridge with your awesome new magnets! It’s like the reverse of displaying your artwork on the fridge when you were a kid.  😉

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How To Make 20 Busy Bags For Only $5

Moms of toddlers, I feel your pain.  Sometimes you just need your kid to be occupied for 5 minutes so you can brush your teeth/make a phone call/toast a pop-tart/whatever.  My twins were 2 1/2 when my 3rd was born, so we took on the toddler game full force.  Busy bags were always a great way to perk up a kid who was sick of their toys or bored in the checkout line at Target. 

And I have the master plan that you need!  I was able to purchase ALL of these items at Dollar Tree, our local (giant) dollar store, where everything truly is only a dollar.

go buy this stuff!

-colored popsicle sticks

-pom poms

-pipecleaners

-clothes pins

-hook and loop fasteners (aka Velcro)

That’s it.  Five items, $5.  And here are all the links you need to make it happen…

Matching Colored Popsicle Sticks to Clothespins Game

How To Make a Popsicle Stick Puzzle

More Cute Popsicle Puzzles

Alphabet Pom Pom Printables

More Alphabet Pom Pom Printables

Numbers Pom Pom Printables

Counting Pom Pom Printables

Pom Pom Push Bin

Pom Pom Picture Printables

Pom Pom Color Drop

Counting Caterpillar Printable

Making Shapes Activity

Velcro Popsicle Sticks

Clothes Pin Pom Pom Drop

Clothes Pin Counting Printable

More Clothes Pin Counting

Pom Pom Counting Sticks

Velcro Shape Matching Game

Velcro Mr. Potato Head

Pom Pom Tic Tac Toe

And don’t forget to get my very own popsicle puzzles!!! Pinned over 5,000 times!Free Printable Popsicle Puzzles - pineed over 5,000 times!!!

Phew!  You made it!  That was a lot of links… I hope this helps you keep your toddler busy and gives you a few more minutes to come back and check out the rest of my blog. 😉  Now go get busy!

Disclaimer: you may not have enough of one particular item to make ALL the activities including that item at one time, but you can either rotate those activities or if they’re a really huge hit, just go spend another dollar and double your stash.

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DIY Paint By Number

I dreamt this project up in the spring, when visions of super fun “summer school” projects danced in my head.  Honestly, I feared that this one might be a bit too ambitious and it would forever live in the “wouldn’t if be cool if…” file inside my brain.  Guys, not only did we do it, but it was WAY easier than I expected!  So please, I beg you, forge ahead and do this with your kids.  We all learned so much, had tons of fun, and are all super proud of our collaborative effort.

***One disclaimer – this project will require a few moments of making freestyle, creative decisions.  If you’re the type of person that likes to cook exactly by the recipe, this might not be for you.  But I promise it does not actually require you to be an artist.  You can do it!***

Ready? Let’s do this…

Step one: Open your photo in Photoshop. (I’m sure you can do this in other programs, but I’ve got three kids to homeschool and I can’t go look them all up right now.)

Step two: Select “Filter” from the top menu and then “Filter Gallery” from the drop down.  Find “Cutout” under “Artistic”.  You’ll get this.  Play around with those three sliders on this side until you get a look that you like.  (Try setting the “Number of Levels” at the highest number and then slide around the other two.)

Step three: Here’s the version we ended up working with for ours. If you haven’t already procured a canvas, do so now.  Choose whatever size you want.  Then have your final image printed in that exact size.  Here’s the thing… DON’T have it printed on photo paper.  The next step involves tracing and carbon paper, so a heavy weight paper is just going to make your life harder.  We live in Asia, so I took mine to a place that prints giant light weight menu banners, but I’m sure Staples or Office Max has a suitable option.  It can even be black and white if you want.  You just need something to trace.

Step four: I didn’t take pictures of the actual tracing because I really didn’t expect it to work so well.  At this point in the project, I still kind of expected to toss the whole idea out the window.  But all I did was lay sheets of carbon paper (that blue stuff that transfers it’s ink when you press on it) down all over the canvas, then lay my printed (non-photo paper) image on top of the carbon paper and tape it at the edges to keep it all from moving.

Then I took a ball point pen and started tracing.  Again, I expected it to be super tedious and hard and STILL thought I might throw in the towel.  But I plunged ahead and it really went pretty quickly.  Just put on your favorite Pandora station and have a cold beverage or some chocolate nearby.

The whole time, I was sure that the weight of my hand was smudging blue ink everywhere or that I wasn’t pressing hard enough.  But you can’t really lift it to check until you’re done.  So I pressed on and then held my breath when I took it all off.  IT WORKED!!!! It worked perfectly!

Step five: Start painting!  I knew upfront that I wanted to give my kids free reign in some areas, so I bought a bunch of fun colors and decided we’d start with the “grass” area.  This way I could learn what they were good at and what was more of a challenge for them without feeling too stressed about everything being just right.

Step six: Here’s where the freestyle creative decisions come in.  This isn’t an exact science.  There are probably going to be some lines that look a little wonky or areas where it’s just too fussy to figure out exactly what three shades of blue are going on.  So I’m going to give you my official permission… Those lines you traced? You may paint over them.  Those colors in your original image? You may change them.  It’s really going to be ok.  And guess what?  If you hate it, you can paint over it again later.  We did.  More than once.

I cannot encourage you to do this project enough.  The kids (ages 7, 7, & 4) are SO PROUD of the work they did.  They each got to work on it for about 15 minutes at a time during our summer school days and it took us about a month.  I spent a few evenings working on the sections that involved small and important details in order to make us recognizable, but honestly, they did a lot of the work themselves and the longer we worked on it, the more capable I realized they were with the right instruction.

They enjoyed it so much that this fall we’re going to do self-portraits!  They’re excited to get a canvas of their own this time and I’m excited to have such an amazing time capsule of this season of life.

Now get your Hobby Lobby coupon and GO!

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