It’s that time of year again — the point when we have to start thinking about heading back to school, but we’re not quite ready to say goodbye to the carefree days of summer. Finding a perfect back-to-school craft is a great way to have fun while getting those creative — and intellectual — juices flowing again. So dust off those crafting supplies, gather your whole family, and make these colorful and unique marbled bookmarks from Crafting Community!
Of all the incredible crafts Crafting Community has to offer, these bookmarks continue to be a favorite among adults and children alike. While these colorful DIYs are the perfect transition from summer to school, Crafting Community wants to make sure you and your crew can keep creating all year long. That’s why they are giving one lucky family a trip to their retreat in Palm Springs this October — all expenses paid! Their three-day crafting bonanza features countless crafts as awesome as these bookmarks, as well as priceless opportunities for family bonding and relaxation.
To hold you over until October, definitely give this popular bookmark tutorial a try. It is sure to fill your remaining summer days with creative fun and get your little ones excited to mark the pages of their favorite schoolbooks! Maybe this time of year isn’t so bad after all …
How to Make DIY Marbled Bookmarks 1 of 6
If you're looking for a quick back-to-school craft, these gorgeous marbled bookmarks are just the ticket. They may look elaborate, but you won't believe how simple they are to make!
Get the Whole Family Involved 2 of 6
Before you start crafting away, get your entire family to join in on the fun! Adults and older kids will love experimenting with colors and creating unique patterns, and younger kids will go crazy over the unexpected use of shaving cream.
Gather Your Supplies 3 of 6
To make Crafting Community's Marbled Bookmarks, you'll need:
- Watercolor paper
- Safety scissors
- Cutting board (or other flat surface)
- Shower squeegee
- Shaving cream
- Food coloring
- Liquid watercolor paint
- Plastic knife
- Hole punch
- Yarn or ribbon
- Paper towels
Cut the Bookmark Shape 4 of 6
Cut your desired bookmark shape from the watercolor paper. The pictured bookmark is 6 inches long, but there is no limit to the lengths or border shapes you can play around with! Once your paper is prepped, squirt some shaving cream onto your cutting board and smooth it out with the shower squeegee.
Get Colorful and Creative 5 of 6
Evenly distribute drops of food coloring and paint on top of the shaving cream. Drag the plastic knife horizontally and vertically through the foam to blur the colors together. Gently press your paper onto the dyed shaving cream. Carefully lift the bookmarks straight up off of the foam and set them face up on a clean surface. Wipe the excess mixture off using the squeegee. Now comes the hard part: Wait patiently for the paint to dry!
Add the Final Touches 6 of 6
Once the bookmarks are completely dry, punch a hole at the top and tie a tassel or pom pom through the hole using any color of yarn or ribbon you want. Your bookmarks are now ready to save your spot in your favorite summer reads! Once you have mastered these easy steps, go back and see how many color combos and patterns you can come up with — the possibilities are endless!
Learn more about how you can enter to win Crafting Community’s unbelievable prize package right here on Babble. Luxury pool and resort amenities, countless crafting opportunities, delicious meals and beverages — this is definitely one giveaway you don’t want to miss!
— Caitlin Morton
For another preview of what’s to come at Crafting Community, learn how to make a DIY felt board!
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