Friday, February 3, 2012

Valentine Paper Clip Bookmarks and a Fun Crayon Project

Here is a great craft {or two} to do this weekend with your kids!
I love to create with my kids. It is so much fun to see their talents develop.
Usually, the house is in a disastrous state, but the state of their hearts are what is important.
So for us...doing things together = tying of the heart strings.
It is fun for me to slow down from my never ending to-do list and focus on fun with them, too.

Today, we made paper clip bookmarks...

You need:
large paper clips
decorative paper
glue stick

Just cut small strips of paper about the width of the paperclip.

I made a couple of snips at the fold to make it fit perfectly...

Place glue on one side, then fold into the paperclip and press.
Make sure that you place it correctly. You want the clip part at the bottom:).
You could cut heart shapes, too.

They look so cute holding your page.

Have a lot of crayons lying around that are less than perfect?
Why not melt them into new and improved crayons?
Thanks to Amanda at Homegrown and Beeyoutiful for the tutorial!

Just remove the paper from old crayons and keep like colors together.
Grease a muffin tin...mine is really old... and fill with the broken pieces.

Pop in the oven set at the lowest temperature for about 10-15 minutes.

Let them cool before removing. You can even pop them in the freezer to speed up the process, but it doesn't take long.

The kids love them and they are super fun to color with!

 Have a great weekend!


Valerie said...

fun and easy! gotta like that!

Happy Weekend, Julia!

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~ko said...

Those clips are adorable! Such a simple but perfect little crafts to do with little hands :) My husband has 24 hour duty this weekend so it will be the perfect time to make these with my oldest! Happy Friday to you and yours!

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Hi Julia...

wow,t hose paperclip markers are ADORABLE...and look so easy, too :) :) I'm definitely going to bookmark this idea ;0 :)

Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

Amanda said...

I'm all over the paper clips!!!
gonna be doing those tomorrow fur sure!

so happy to see your little one coloring with his handmade crayons:)!!!

maria said...

Very nice and looks easy and fun :)

ScrapCrazyyyy! said...

Those are adorable, I might have to make some of those paperclips! If I do, I will be sure to link back to you.

Jessica said...

Loving those paperclip book marks! If only my apartment weren't all boxed up (we're moving). I'll have to try them out when I can locate my stuff.

Kaitlin@Homemaker Design said...

FANTASTIC! The bookmarks are super cute and I love the crayons!!! Logging these away in the ol' memorie bank! :)

Cailan said...

Such lovely ideas. Where did you find such sweet paper and I really need to make those crayons - thank you for the reminder!

Ngo Family Farm said...

Very cute and clever! Thanks for sharing :) I followed your tutorial and made a canning jar soap dispenser, which I'm now completely in love with! I posted a bit about it (with a link to your page--I hope that's okay with you):

Thanks again for sharing your lovely blog,

Only in Louisiana ~ documenting the adventures we call Life! said...

The paper clip idea is adorable and one i have not seen...I think I may do this for Valentines Day. It would be a good gift from my youngest (12) as she is a known bookworm! Just found your blog and love it!

Hafsa said...

SO EASY and cool! I chose this idea for "10 BEST paper clip bookmarks" Check it out here:

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