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Friday, August 24, 2012

The Little Brush That Could- Week 8

Back to school nights, back to school shopping, and late nights at the office have kept me from spending as much time with my children as I would have liked this week. I was looking for a craft to do with them that would also serve as a tool to use at school. I came across a tutorial on about making stained glass bookmarks. This week instead of me showing you how I did it, we can do this project together. I am looking forward to talking to my kids more about their first days back to school and hopefuly they'll look back and remember that I made that extra effort and a cool bookmark!

Stained Glass & Tie-Dyed Bookmarks

Make bookmarks from card stock and decorate them with tissue paper or crepe paper for a stained glass or tie-dyed effect.

 ·        White card stock
·        Tissue paper or crepe paper
·        White glue
·        Decoupage medium (e.g. Mod Podge) - for tie-dyed bookmarks only
·        Plastic placemat or plastic wrap
·        Yarn, leather string, or ribbon
·        Scissors
·        Hole punch



Cut out your bookmark's base from white card stock. Mine is 7 inches long and 1 ¾ inches wide.


Gather 2 or more colors of tissue paper or crepe paper and cut them into irregular-shaped pieces. Here are some notes regarding the type of tissue paper or crepe paper you can use and their effect on your finished bookmark:

·        Tissue paper (Non-bleeding) - creates a stained glass effect

·        Tissue paper (Bleeding) - creates a tie-dyed effect

·        Crepe paper (Bleeding) - creates a tie-dyed effect, has nice texture


Thin down white glue with a bit of water (about 3 parts glue to 1 part water) and mix thoroughly.


Put a plastic placemat or a sheet of plastic wrap under your bookmark. Dip one tissue paper piece into the thinned-down glue and allow it to soak in the glue. Shake off excess glue and lay the piece on your bookmark. Smoothen the piece with your finger.



Dip the next piece in glue and position it next to the first piece, overlapping them in parts.


Continue gluing the tissue paper pieces until you have covered the entire bookmark. The overlapping parts create a nice stained glass effect.

Now let's take a look at how the bleeding crepe paper turned out. The colors have expectedly bled and mixed together to create an awesome tie-dyed effect. Allow your bookmark to dry completely.


If you chose to make the tie-dyed bookmark, you will need to apply a coating of decoupage medium such as Mod Podge to make sure that the colors are permanently sealed in (and don't accidentally bleed into your book's pages). Allow the bookmark to dry completely.


Once dry, peel off the bookmark from the plastic wrap or placemat. Trim the excess length of tissue paper or crepe paper along the edges of the bookmark.


Your bookmark will naturally be a little curled along the edges because the card stock had previously been soaked in glue. This can easily be remedied by pressing your bookmark in between the pages of a heavy book or you may glue on another piece of same-sized card stock at the back of your bookmark.

Finally, punch a hole near the top edge and make a tie from yarn, ribbon, leather string or thin paper twine.


These bookmarks are pretty easy to make. Make them for your book-loving friends and family!

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