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Bookmark Ideas for Students

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Today we are going to learn how to make a bookmark. And not just any bookmark, but actually three weather themed bookmarks with special painting techniques and a little bit of soft fuzzies too. These make great DIY gifts for family and friends. And they are easy to make bookmark ideas for students who benefit from access to a fidget during the day in order to improve focus and sensory regulation. Let us show you how to make unique bookmarks with just a few supplies.

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“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”. – Margaret Fuller

I hope that these bookmark ideas will inspire even more reading with your family. One of the joys of my day when my boys were little was the nightly routine of reading together. We worked through Shel Silverstein’s poems and funny picture books by Sandra Boynton and then chapter books as they got older. Time spent reading is never wasted, and it’s even better when you do it together. Here are a few of our family favorites that I know you will love too…

Bookmark Design #1: Ombre Rainbow

BOOKMARK IDEAS FOR STUDENTS RAINBOW
RAINBOW BOOKMARK

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Step 1: Paint the Rainbow

Let’s do a little bookmark painting. Making an ombre rainbow is super simple. Here are the printed instructions, and there is also a quick video that sums it all up for your benefit too.

  • Place your large popsicle stick on your newspaper and squeeze out a little bit of each rainbow colored paint.
  • A pompom goes with each color. *You can also just use your fingertip for this
  • Start at the bottom of your popsicle stick, and paint about one inch using the first color with your pompom.
  • While it is still wet, do the same with the next color, overlapping slightly so that the colors blend together where they meet.
  • Repeat this process until you have used all six of your colors and are at the end of the popsicle stick. It is alright to leave a little bit not painted at the end.

*Give your paint a little time to dry while you move on to the next step. Once one side is dry, come back and paint the other side also.

Step 2: Cut Out the Cloud

  • Cut the paper plate in half.
  • Draw a cloud shape on one of the halves (or use the printable template if you prefer). Then cut it out.
  • Trace your cut out cloud on the other half of the plate and cut it out also.
  • Now you have 2 identical clouds.
BOOKMARK IDEAS FOR STUDENTS STEP 2
STEP 2

Step 3: Put It Together

  • Once the paint has dried, it is time to glue the clouds in place.
  • Sandwich your matching cut out clouds onto the end of the popsicle stick and use the glue stick to put them together.
BOOKMARK IDEAS FOR STUDENTS STEP 3
STEP 3

Step 4: Add Some Fluff

  • Pull a cotton ball to fluff it up. Then adhere pieces of cotton onto the front of the cloud with your glue stick.
  • Flip it over and add fluff to the other side also.
RAINBOW BOOKMARK STEP 4
STEP 4

Step 5 (Optional): Add a Smile

  • Cut a wide smile from a scrap of black construction paper.
  • Glue the smile and eyes in place with Elmer’s glue.
  • Set it aside and give it time to dry.
BOOKMARK IDEAS FOR STUDENTS RAINBOW BOOKMARK
OMBRE RAINBOW BOOKMARK

Now you have finished the first of our simple bookmark designs. You can call it a day or continue on to make more DIY bookmarks for kids.

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BOOKMARK IDEAS FOR STUDENTS

Bookmark Design #2: Raindrops

The second of our bookmark ideas for students is a RAINY DAY BOOKMARK. Feel free to change up the colors and really make it your own. We added a little gray to the cotton to make it feel more like a rain cloud too.

BOOKMARK IDEAS FOR STUDENTS RAINY DAY BOOKMARK
RAINY DAY BOOKMARK

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Step 1: Let’s Paint

  • Place your large popsicle stick on the newspaper and squeeze out a bit of light blue paint.
  • Pinch the pompom with your clothespin to form a “paint brush”.
  • Now use it to cover your popsicle stick in the light blue paint.
  • Once it dries you will flip it over and paint the other side also.

Step 2: Cut Out the Clouds

  • Cut the paper plate in half.
  • Draw a cloud shape on one of the halves (or use the printable template if you prefer). Then cut it out.
  • Trace your cut out cloud on the other half of the plate and cut it out also. Now you have two identical clouds.
  • Set these aside to be used in step 4.

Step 3: Paint a Little More

  • Now that the light blue paint on your large popsicle stick is dry, it is time to paint on some raindrops.
  • You can use a q-tip or the tip of a pencil to make raindrops using the dark blue paint.
  • Once the raindrops dry a bit, use the pencil tip to add some reflective dots to each raindrop.
  • When the paint on one side dries, flip it over and decorate the other side also.

Step 4: Put It Together

  • After the paint has dried, it is time to glue the clouds in place.
  • Sandwich your matching cut out clouds onto the end of the popsicle stick and use the glue stick to put them together.

Step 5: Add Some Fluff

  • Pull a cotton ball to fluff it up. Then adhere pieces of cotton onto the front of the cloud with your glue stick.
  • Flip it over and add fluff to the other side also.
  • If you would like the clouds to appear a little more stormy, use your gray marker to color the fluff in a couple of places.
RAINY DAY BOOKMARK STEP 5
STEP 5

Step 6 (Optional): Add a Smile or Frown

  • Cut a wide smile (or frown) from a scrap of black construction paper.
  • Glue the smile and eyes in place with Elmer’s glue.
  • Set it aside and give it time to dry.

Bookmark Design #3: Winter Sky

The last of our bookmark ideas for students is a snow storm bookmark. You can keep this absolutely minimal and just use a q-tip to make dot snowflakes. Perfect for any age, even a toddler can dot on the snowflakes and help glue the cotton in place.

BOOKMARK IDEAS FOR STUDENTS SNOWY BOOKMARK
SNOW STORM BOOKMARK

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Step 1: Start the Painting

  • Place your large popsicle stick on the newspaper and squeeze out a bit of aqua or blue paint.
  • Pinch the pompom with your clothespin to form a “paint brush”.
  • Now use it to cover your popsicle stick in paint.
  • Once it dries you will flip it over and paint the other side also.

Step 2: Cut Out the Clouds

  • Cut the paper plate in half.
  • Draw a cloud shape on one of the halves (or use the printable template if you prefer). Then cut it out.
  • Trace your cut out cloud on the other half of the plate and cut it out also. Now you have two identical clouds.
  • Set these aside to be used in step 4.

Step 3: Painting Snowflakes

  • Squeeze out a little bit of white paint onto the newspaper
  • You can use a q-tip or the tip of a pencil to paint on snowflakes.
  • When the paint dries on the front, turn it over and add snowflakes to the back too.

Step 4: Add the Clouds

  • After the paint has dried, it is time to glue the cut out clouds in place.
  • Sandwich your matching cut out clouds onto the end of the popsicle stick and use the glue stick to put them together.

Step 5: Bring on the Fluff

  • Pull a cotton ball to fluff it up. Then adhere pieces of cotton onto the front of the cloud with your glue stick.
  • Flip it over and add fluff to the other side also.
  • If you would like the clouds to look a little more stormy, use the gray marker to color some of the cotton fluff.

Step 6 (Optional): Add a Smile

  • Cut a wide smile from a scrap of black construction paper.
  • Glue the smile and eyes in place with Elmer’s glue.
  • Set it aside and give it time to dry.

These bookmark designs for students make reading so much fun! Choose your favorite or make all three. Now that you know how to make a bookmark with fluffy clouds, use your imagination and make it your own. There is no end to the possibilities.

Happy Crafting!

XO Joy

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