Introduction: Monster Bookmarks

I knew when I found out that my son's school wouldn't allow candy with their Valentine's Day cards that I would have to get creative to make up for no candy!

My son is in kindergarten and all the students are quickly learning how to read. I thought it might be fun for all of them to have a bookmark monster that can bite their pages!

I found a picture of a very similar bookmark but it required much folding that I didn't want any part of. I wanted them to be quick and easy since I was making so many. These are simply corners cut off of envelopes!

Step 1: Measure and Cut

On an envelope (flap open) draw out two squares - one on each side using a pencil and ruler. I made mine three inch squares.

If you don't have envelopes sitting around save a few pieces of junk mail and cut the corners off of those!

Once the lines are drawn cut out the squares.

Step 2: Fold Flap for Mouth

Once the squares have been cut out fold one of the bottom corners up to meet the top corner.

Now there will be a guide to fold the flap under.

Fold flap under. No need to glue, it will stay securely in place.

Step 3: Cut Decorative Paper

Cut out three squares using decorative paper of your choice. If the back of the paper is white you will be able to turn one over to make the teeth. If the back side is not white you will need to get white paper to make the teeth - or not if you want orange or green teeth!

Make sure the squares are the same size as the squares you already cut from the envelopes. In this case three inches.

Draw a diagonal line diving one square in half. Cut to make two triangles.

Using a glue stick glue one half to the top part of the folded side of the envelope and one to the bottom part. Making the head and chin.

Glue one square on the back and save the last square for the teeth.

Step 4: Teeth and Eyes

Use the last unused square and turn it over to the white side. Slide it into the mouth of the monster. Draw what you want the teeth to look like and cut them out. Using a glue stick secure them to the inside.

Cut out a set of three different sized circles to make the eyes gluing them together as you go.

Finally glue the eyes to the monster and use it as a bookmark!

Step 5: Custom Option

Let your kids customize their own monster bookmark:

Follow all the previous steps using only white paper. Don't add teeth or eyes.

Give your kids markers, crayons, colored pencils or what ever and let them design their own monster.

When they are done add teeth and eyes!!!

**If your child is a bit older they should be able to complete the project entirely on their own!

Comments

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tinaciousz (author)2015-08-21

Made these with my boyfriend's cousin!

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DIY_loverz (author)2015-08-12

Made it but in a different way, also made a tutorial on it in my profile.I have made it without an envelope

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cherry1905 (author)2015-04-16

Great luv it

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Taarna Hendrix made it! (author)2014-05-03

Finally got some free time and will and made a couple. Very easy to make, I made mine whilst watching a film. I gave them to my friend as a gift and now the other people who saw them want one as well :)

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rwong15 (author)2013-12-21

I have a bookmark similar to your bookmark. I would like you to make an instruction about it. You don't even need to mention me but just let me use your instruction in the future, please!

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wold630 (author)rwong152013-12-24

I'm not exactly sure what you are asking. Sorry.

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Neon Zombie Cat (author)2013-08-19

these are soooo cute. I'm never throwing away used envelopes again. this is a great way to recycle!

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wold630 (author)Neon Zombie Cat2013-09-04

Agreed! They make great little quick gifts!

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jessyratfink (author)2013-04-16

Yay! I love these. When I worked at a bookstore one of my coworkers made these for the entire staff for Christmas. :D They're so cute!

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wold630 (author)jessyratfink2013-04-16

Thank you! They are SO easy!

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aya_m (author)2013-02-22

i actually made this and gave it to a friend who is going to collage !! and she absaloutly loved it :) thank you very much ! very nice , simple and creative ...

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wold630 (author)aya_m2013-02-27

I'm so glad you made one and your friend loved it! They make great little thoughtful gifts!

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Judith.Wirth (author)2013-02-18

Very Cool!!!

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wold630 (author)Judith.Wirth2013-02-20

Thanks!

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ynze (author)2013-02-14

Lovely! Great little project, thanks!

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wold630 (author)ynze2013-02-15

Thanks!

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Colorful_warriorr (author)2013-02-13

Oh my these are so adorable !!! Thanks for sharing this <3

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Thanks!

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bajablue (author)2013-02-13

How adorable!!!

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wold630 (author)bajablue2013-02-14

Thank you!

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doodlecraft (author)2013-02-13

These are darling! We made a bunch with the girls from church, but they would be perfect Valentine's for the kids to give out too! Thanks for the reminder of an awesome project! :)

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wold630 (author)doodlecraft2013-02-14

Thank you! They have so much personality!

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happy2bmom (author)2013-02-13

These are so cute! Thank you so much for sharing such a great idea!

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wold630 (author)happy2bmom2013-02-14

Thanks

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Penolopy Bulnick (author)2013-02-13

Ooh, so fun! Are those the Captain Underpants books?

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wold630 (author)Penolopy Bulnick2013-02-13

Thank you and YES! My son LOVES reading them and I laugh every time I read them to him. Soon enough we will have the entire series decked out with monster bookmarks!

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Penolopy Bulnick (author)wold6302013-02-13

Very sweet! I remember reading them when they came out. There were only a couple then, but I feel like I always see a new one in the bookstore windows nowadays :)

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