Got to Teach!: Holiday Bookmark Craft

Holiday Bookmark Craft

Holiday Bookmark Craft

I am always looking for a fun classroom craft, especially the week before winter break, when students are getting a bit restless.  These Shrinky Dinks bookmarks might be one of my favorite projects!  Shrinky Dinks bring back some fond childhood memories, and even as an adult I am still a bit obsessed with this “magical” plastic.  If you’re looking for a fun winter/holiday craft that your students will love and that won’t cost you very much money, then this is definitely the project for you.  Oh, and did I mention that it will keep your students engaged and silent for at least an hour and a half?  During the week of school before the holidays, that is priceless in my book.  You can get the templates and instructions for free {HERE}.

Supplies:
• Frosted Ruff N’ Ready Shrinky Dinks- These come 10 sheets to a pack and you’ll need a half of a sheet for each student.  One pack costs about $6 at your craft store (even less if you use the ever-abundant 40% coupons).
• extra fine-tip Sharpies
• colored pencils   
• cording- This can be found at your craft store as well.  It is usually near the beads and is either made out of bamboo or hemp.

1. Using painters tape, secure the Shrinky Dinks sheets (frosted side up) over the bookmark design and trace with an extra fine-tip Sharpie.


Holiday Bookmark Craft

Holiday Bookmark Craft

2. Color the design with colored pencils.
Holiday Bookmark Craft
3. Cut out the bookmark and tag; make sure your students have marked their pieces with student number or their initials in an inconspicuous spot.

Holiday Bookmark Craft

4. Bake the bookmarks.  Preheat your oven to 325°.  If you’re baking a class set, you’ll need a couple of cookie sheets. Line the cookie sheets with brown paper grocery bags, making sure they are laying flat.  Place the bookmarks colored side down (this helps prevent them from curling up on themselves and sticking together) and bake for 1-4 minutes.  You’ll need to be watching them the entire time.  They will curl up quite a bit, but don't worry; they will eventually lay completely flat. Once they are completely flat give them about 20 more seconds and then take them out to cool.   

Holiday Bookmark Craft
Holiday Bookmark Craft

 The plastic shrinks to about 1/3 of it's original size. The color also becomes deeper and more vibrant and all of the details stay really crisp.
Holiday Bookmark Craft


5. Have the students tie the bookmark and the “charm” together with the cording.  They will need to tie the loose ends off with knots to keep the cording from unraveling.  


Holiday Bookmark Craft

Holiday Bookmark Craft

Have fun crafting and channeling all the holiday excitement in your classroom.

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