Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Holiday Bookmarks for the Class
I'm a class parent this year, which basically means I help organize classroom parties. One of my favorite things to do is come in and do projects with the kids. Once upon a time in my childhood, half a day could be wasted on a classroom party - but such is no longer the case. There are things to do, band concerts to see, etc. So no class project for this party.
I was bummed (because it's all about me - ha!) but then I had an idea. If I couldn't do a craft with the kids, I would do a craft for the kids.
I decided I would make every child in Magoo's class their own individual bookmark.
Then I had to think, Okay Julie, individual bookmarks for 24 kids is a big project. What's the best way to do it. Do I scan their photographs? Do I draw them all? Watercolor?
In the end I decided I would use some of my clip art skills. (See above) I made six different coats. Six different pairs of legs. Six different hats. I used the class photo as a reference and drew all their faces in a lose cartoony way (not like actual portraits) and scanned them all into the computer and colored them. Then I pieced them altogether like puzzles, one by one.
Here's a shot of my computer as I was working.
When I finished the bookmarks, I sized them according to my clear packing tape - which is 2" long. That's my at-home laminating trick: clear packing tape. So I made all the bookmarks 1.75" wide, then I covered each one with packing tape. Then I punched a hole in each and tied a white ribbon.
This project cost me nothing but time, and each kid gets a bookmark with their likeness and name on it.
I hope they like them!