Recycled Artwork Bookmarks
What you will make:
These bookmarks are simply made from artwork that you are willing to
cut up, along with two pieces of clear contact paper to make the bookmark
sturdy. This is a great way to recycle your less-than-perfect artwork or
preserve your child's treasured drawings. These bookmarks make great
This project is well-suited for family, group or classroom
craft time. With a little preparation by the adult or teen leader, this
project will go quickly.
Related craft: See how to creatively use those craft
paper leftovers in the
Bookmarks craft project.
Here's what you need:
- Old artwork
- Clear contact paper
- Optional: Glue, construction paper
This project is rated VERY EASY to do.
How to Make Recycled Artwork Bookmarks
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Gather the materials needed for making the bookmarks. If you
are doing this project with a group of children, pre-cut the clear
contact paper (self-adhesive vinyl) to size.
- Step 2: Select Artwork
Find colorful artwork that you are willing to cut into
pieces. Sometimes a piece of art has one good section that you might
like to preserve, but the rest isn't that pretty. Kids'
finger-painted pictures sometimes look very nice when cut into
rectangles, but don't use any that are very thick with paint.
Magazine pictures can also be used, but will need plain colored
construction (or computer) paper glued to the back before being
encased in clear contact paper.
- Step 3: Cut Artwork
Measure and mark the backs of artwork pieces into rectangles of
bookmark size—1½" by 5" (4 by 12 cm) is a good size.
Cut out the bookmark carefully.
Tip: Two rectangles can be glued back-to-back
to make a reversible bookmark. Or cut and glue construction paper
to the back for another look.
- Step 4: Apply Contact Paper
Cut out two rectangles of clear contact paper for each bookmark.
These should be ½" (1 cm) wider and longer than the cut artwork—2"
by 5½" (5 by 13 cm).
Remove the backing from one piece of contact paper and carefully
center the artwork rectangle on the sticky side. Press down. Remove
the backing from the other piece of contact paper and carefully
place it on the other side of the artwork, making a sandwich.
- Step 5: Finish
Smooth out any trapped air bubbles using the edge of the
ruler. If the edges of the contact paper are not even, they can be
trimmed slightly. Using the pencil and ruler, draw a straight line as a cutting guide,
then carefully cut along the line.
Your bookmarks are now complete!
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