We are on our last diy holiday bookmark- Santa!
Cut out the pieces seen above! You will be using tan, white, yellow, black, and red crafting paper. Remember- free handing each shape gives each bookmark it’s unique character! (Tip: use a hole puncher to get those smaller circles).
Step 1: Glue the tan pience to the top of your white bookmark.
Step 2: Glue the large red piece to the bottom of your white bookmark.
Step 3: The face! Use the red half circle for the smile, the small red circle for his nose, and the medium white circles with the small black circles to make the eyes.
Step 4: The hat! Glue the long white piece to the top of the bookmark. Glue the red piece the back of the bookmark. Add the large white circle to the top.
Step 4: Add three small black circles to create the buttons
Step 5. The belt! Glue down the black rectangle. Next, glue the yellow square on top. Lastly, the black square on top of the yellow square.
Yay! You’ve created a santa bookmark!
So far this week we have made a Snowman and North Pole bookmarks! Today we’re all about santa’s helpers- Elves!
Cut out the pieces seen above! You will be using white, tan, black, yellow, green, and red crafting paper. Remember- free handing each shape gives each bookmark it’s unique character! (Tip: use a hole puncher to get those smaller circles).
Step 1: Glue the tan cutout to the top of your white bookmark background.
Step 2: Glue the green cutout to the bottom of your white bookmark background.
Step 3: The face! Use the two white circles with the small black circles on top to create the eyes. Glue two small red circles for the blushing cheeks. Next, glue the black half circle to create the smile.
Step 4: The hat! Glue the white stipe to the top of the bookmark. On the back of the bookmark, glue the green triangle. Lastly, add the yellow circle onto the top of the green triangle.
Step 5: The belt! Glue the black rectangle on the green paper. Next, glue the green square down, and layer the black square on top.
And there you have your very own Elf bookmark! How cute is that!
Be sure to check out our DIY Snowman and North Pole bookmarks! Happy reading!
Yesterday we posted how to make a Snowman Bookmark. Here’s another really simple bookmark that still has a very strong holiday theme- the North Pole!
Cut out these pieces as seen in the photo above. (Thats white, red, green, and tan craft paper.)
Step 1: Cut a curve at the top of your white rectangle.
Step 2: Glue on the red stripes. Cut the extra red paper off that is sticking off of the edge, as seen above.
Step 3: Glue the tan sign on top of the red stripes.
Step 4: Glue the green rectangle onto the tan sign, and place the green triangle at the edge of the green rectangle to create an arrow.
Step 5: Write “North Pole, ___ Miles”
And there you go! A cute North Pole Bookmark for all your holiday reading!
Whether it’s while reading one of our gift books or your favorite holiday book, it’s always fun to add a little bit more of the holidays to reading time. Follow the simple steps below to make a fun little snowman bookmark!
What you need: Scissors, craft paper, glue, and a hole puncher.
Cut out the craft paper pieces, as seen above. We used a hole puncher to get those smaller circles. Don’t worry about your cutouts being perfect- your snowman will have a lot more individual and unique character if it isn’t.
Step 1: The hat! Glue the long rectangle to the top of your blank white bookmark cutout. Next, attach the black square (top of the hat) to the back of the bookmark.
Step 2: The snowman’s face! To create the eyes, add the two larger black circles, and then the small white circles on top. Glue on the orange triangle for the nose. Lastly, add the six small black circles for the smile.
Step 3: The scarf! Glue the two red rectangles (as seen above). To add a bit of character and flair to your scarf, cut little slits on one side of each rectangle.
Step 4: The buttons! Glue three medium black circles from the bottom of the scarf to the bottom of your bookmark.
We’re posting holiday bookmarks all this week! A DIY elf, Santa, and North Pole bookmark are on their way!
We’re excited to announce that our next children’s gift book, out in 2015, is SUPERHERO themed! Till then, expect to see a lot of superhero themed crafts pop up on the blog like this DIY Lightning Bolt Mobile!
What you need: Scissors, string, marker, wooden stick, and a gold glitter foam sheet.Free hand or trace lightning bolts to the back of your gold glitter foam sheet. Remember to draw the mirror image of the lightning bolts. (See image above.)Cut each lightening bolt out. Create a small hole about a centimeter from the top of each lightening bolt. Thread string though the hole, and knot. You can create a backside of the lightening bolts by cutting out a second sheet, and sticking the backs of the bolts together. Arrange the lightning bolts however you prefer, and tie the other side of the string to the wooden stick.
Hang your glittery gold lightning bolt mobile wherever that little superhero in your life can be inspired. We’ll have more info about our Superhero themed gift-book for you soon! Check back for more superhero themed crafts!
Happy Tuesday from the Giggling Caravan Team!
It’s always fun to have a little travel inspiration around the house, but what about for the outside of your home? Well, here’s a really easy way to create some travel inspiration with the kiddos!
-Hot glue gun
Take a wood shim (you can get these at Home Depot for pretty cheap) and draw out a point on one end. Take a utility knife and score and snap off the unwanted wood. Paint the wood shim white. Let paint dry completely. Place letter stickers onto it, spelling out any destination. Paint over the white paint and letters with a second color. Let it dry completely. Once dry, peel off the letter stickers. Carefully use a hot glue gun to glue the destination wood shims onto a wooden stick. Make sure to keep in mind where you are located and the direction your destination should point. Lastly, if you’re worried about weather ruining your sign, just add a layer of craft varnish!
We loved how easy this was to make and yet it added so much spunk to our garden. Have fun making your crossroad destination sign! What destinations are you going to include?
We all know THE golden state is California …but it’s fun to give every other state (or country) a try at being golden every once in awhile. Well, any chance to make anything golden is a great idea in my book. Here’s a really easy way to create a mug that is perfect to proudly display your state or give as a gift.
Here’s what I used to make this: a blank mug, metallic paint pen, and metallic gold paint. You can purchase a blank mug for pretty cheap at a 99c/dollar store. First, make a paper stencil of the state you wish to have on your mug. Then tape the stencil onto the mug. With your metallic paint pen, follow the outline of the state stencil.
With metallic gold paint, paint in the state. This may require a few paint coats. We prefer using the paint because we wasn’t a fan of seeing all the pen lines. When the paint is dry to the touch, put the mug in the oven (NOT microwave oven) for 30 minutes at 300 degrees (Place the mug into the oven while it is preheating) . Let it stay in there for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, turn off the oven, leave the mug inside, and let them cool down together. Once the mug and oven are cool, cautiously take the mug out of the oven. Also, make sure to only hand wash these.
We may like my coffee black, but our states as golden as they can get. Enjoy!
We have this book on California that has pages torn and falling out. But since it is filled with all these great images of California, we decided that instead of tossing it out we should keep it for some “reuse DIY” projects. Here is one of those “reuse DIY” projects: a super easy way to create your own gift tags!
You can either cut out your own tag using thick construction paper like we did here or you can buy pre-made tags from a craft store. Cut out an image and glue to it one side of your tag. Let the glue dry completely. Trim down the image to fit the tag. Using a hole puncher, punch a hole on the top side of the tag. Use some decorative string to attach the tag to the gift. Leave a sweet note or an inspirational travel quote on the opposite, plain side of the gift tag.
If you’re looking for more gift wrapping ideas, make sure to check out our DIY Map Decorative Tape post!
Since our next inspirational children’s book, See the World…, is out in only two months, we thought we’d make some fun travel diys.
Sometimes the souvenirs you bring back with you are a lot more personal than the ones you could buy from the tourist shops- Like a ticket to a museum, a seashell you picked up on a walk along a beach, or some euros for when you go back (Because you’re determined to go back). All of these may be small in size but are not small when it comes to their personal importance. Here’s a fun way to display where you’ve been as well as organize those little memories you brought back with you so you can easily find them and reminisce.
Here’s what you need: A tin-box, paint, and removable sticker letters.
Take your letter stickers and spell out the state, city or country you want to make a keepsake for. Paint over tin-box, including the letters you have placed down. Once you have added a few layers of paint, let it dry completely. Carefully remove the letters. I found it helpful to have a an exacto knife by my side. That way if the paint wanted to stay attached to the letters I made small cuts to free the two from each other.
What little souvenirs have you brought back from your travels?
We are getting ready for our next gift book “See the World…” (out November 2014!) so we will be posting a lot of travel themed DIYs and recipes from around the world!
Here’s a fun and easy way we spruced up some gift wrapping by making map decorating tape.
Cut a map into pieces that proportionally fits your gifts best. We thought a good width of ¾ of an inch wide was a great size because this way you can still see a good amount of the map.
Once you’ve cut out the pieces of map, all you need to do is put double-sided tape on the back-side of the map pieces. Use these just as you would regular tape when wrapping a gift.
Even though this was map themed- you can use whatever paper design you like to make your own decorating tape. So much better than using regular tape, right?