As class sizes grow and budgets shrink, I'm always on the lookout for inexpensive ways to celebrate holidays with my students. This year, I may have found the most inexpensive, yet adorable gift yet for Mother's Day: a collection of bookmarks any mom, aunt, or grandmother would cherish. Follow the directions below to make any of these bookmarks for just pennies apiece. They also make great gifts for parent volunteers and even for your students!
If you have paperclips and a hot glue gun, all you need is something to glue on top of the paperclip and you have an instant, budget friendly, gift-worthy bookmark. Think about using buttons, colorful gems, flowers, or anything else you might find in bulk at the craft or dollar store. While I let my students pick their toppers and coordinating paperclips, I always keep them far away from the hot glue — a lesson learned years ago, the hard way.
These 4-inch, jumbo metallic paperclips by Baumgartens make fun bookmarks with just a little ribbon added on top. I have found these super-sized paperclips at Walmart and Target, but the best prices can usually be found via an online search.
These bookmarks make great gifts for parents, but my class and I decided doubles were in order so the kids could have their very own!
To make these bookmarks:
Tip: if your students are younger like mine, leave some extra paper around their hands so you have enough space to punch a hole.
My third graders love to make Wordles, and they are easy to print and cut into the perfect Mother's Day bookmark.
To turn a Wordle into a bookmark:
Tip: Don't worry about all of the bookmarks being the same size. In my class, students sized them all differently and they looked great once they were done.
There is something about the rainbow of colors and decorating possibilities that call me to the paint department of any home or hardware store, however, the teacher in me comes out when I start thinking of the infinite uses for the classroom! It turns out, paint swatches are an inexpensive, colorful way to make beautiful bookmarks.
Easy to work with materials for the paint swatch bookmarks include:
Rubber stamps and ink
Assorted ribbon or bookmark tassels
For more creative crafting with paint strips, including bookmarks, please check out fellow blogger Lindsey Petlak's A Plethora of Paint Swatch Crafts.
These silhouettes were made using the Adobe program, Photoshop Elements. I created them using the 30-day free trial, but there is educator pricing available for those who want to purchase.
Tip: You can size your silhouettes as large or small as you like. They would also look great in a small picture frame.
Who doesn't love getting a coupon from someone promising to do the dishes or carry in the groceries on demand? My class loved coming up with a bouquet of bookmarks to give to their mom's on Mother's Day.
Follow the directions on the free Scholastic Mother's Day Basket printable below to have your students create adorable bookmark coupons for their moms.
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