Thursday, April 18, 2013

DIY: Mother's Day Book Mark Craft

As promised I am sharing a quick, inexpensive, no-fail Mother's Day gift for your students to make and take. 

I like anything that speaks to the special nature of reading.   I also love having the children make gifts that their parents can actually use.  So why not have the children make their mothers beautiful book marks?

Materials Needed:

  • Clear vinyl (This can be purchased at any fabric store.  You can purchase enough vinyl for an entire class for only $2.00 - $3.00.) 
  • 2-4 small bottles of acrylic paints (These can be purchased at any craft store for about $1.00 a bottle)
  • Paint brushes
  • Gift wrapping paper scraps, spring napkins, decorative stickers, magazine pictures, etc.
  • Glitter 
  • Sewing machine
  • 1 small roll of colored ribbon 

Step 1:
Layout your clear vinyl and cut it into 2" x 6.5" strips.  Each child will need two strips.

Step 2:
Put a variety of paints on a paper plate.  Instruct the children to paint on one of their vinyl strips,  blending the colors.  I like to provide other items so the children can use a variety of  "painting" techniques.  I give them q-tips, forks, foam stamps, etc. so they can add texture and design to their vinyl paintings.  

Please note, I have newspaper on the table when the children are painting their vinyl strips. 

Step 3:
When the paint is still a little wet, lay on any decorative spring stickers, or images cut from wrapping paper or magazines.  Sprinkle on a little bit of glitter.  Now let these works of art dry completely. 
Step 4: 
Once the painted vinyl is dry, cover the painted and decorated book mark with the clear piece of vinyl (remember, you cut two per child).  Now using a zig zag stitch sew the two pieces together.  If you don't have a sewing machine or don't sew,  you can always ask for a parent volunteer.  Each book mark takes less than a minute to sew,  hence you are only asking for about 45 minutes of help.

Step 5:

Have the children punch a hole in the center top of their book marks.  Loop the colored ribbon through the hole.

Finished Product:

Enjoy making these great little Mother's Day gifts with your students!  They will be the perfect gift to add to my Mother's Day Card/Craft. 

Granny (Cindy)

Classroom DIY


  1. Beautiful! I love it! Thanks for the great idea!

  2. You are very welcome... they are so easy and each one turns out so nice.


  3. I'm impressed, Cindy! These look beautiful and something the moms will keep forever!

    Learning With Mrs. Leeby

  4. Thanks- hope your kiddos enjoy making them.


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