Thursday, October 9, 2008

Magnetic Bookmarks

We made these magnetic bookmarks to hold our place in the books my husband and I read aloud to the girls. They are so easy to make, and they work beautifully!

Materials:

a cereal box, scissors, paper and stickers, glue, 2 magnets

I used pinking shears to cut off one edge of a cereal box. The corner of the box has the perfect crease to create the hinge for the bookmark.

With the long strip folded in two, I cut four smaller pieces. This cereal box was already cute and funky, but if it wasn't, we'd just glue fun paper on to decorate it.
I added magnets to both sides of the bookmark, so they would attract through several pages of the book and hold the bookmark firmly in place.

*I used magnetic tape because it was flat, but for some reason it wasn't attracted to itself. (low self-esteem?) So I added the third silver magnet, and that provided a strong attraction. *
We added a few stickers and that was it. Here's a picture of the bookmark slipped around a few pages.
And here's the book closed, with our spot securely marked for tomorrow night.
Yay for cutesy stay-put bookmarks and snuggling up to read to your kids.

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31 comments:

Tammy said...

That is a great idea! We have some that we purchased...but they were made of thin paper and tore after a few uses. I think I'll have the girls make some for gifts for Christmas. Thank you!!

Kristen said...

what a great idea! so easy to make. what kind of cereal has that cute box?? we love the jesus story book bible too :o)

Leigh said...

Thanks for sharing this idea! I'll have to whip some up! I love that you read the Jesus Storybook Bible, too - you marked my son's absolute favorite story right now... I have to read David and Goliath to him out of that storybook Bible at least once every day!

Leigh @ Impress Your Kids

Sunshine said...

What book are you using? It looks like one we'd like. Thanks for the superb ideas that are easy, do-able, and with stuff I already have. I love your blog!

Just the Sous Chef said...

cute cute cute, adding this to our list. Although, we are still having fun with the shrink paper! :-)

Chrissie said...

We LOVE the Jesus Story Book Bible. It is beautifully written and has wonderful non-caucasaian looking illustrations.
The cereal was from Trader Joes, a new chocolate-filled squares deal.
We love chocolate;)

jvaughn0311 said...

Hello, I was going through some of my friend's links and I came across your blog. I love your blog, so many neat ideas! I might be linking you soon!!=) Oh, and I am going to be making those yummy pumpkin spice muffins soon.=) Look sooo yummy!

Lisa Leonard said...

love it! you are so creative (and green!)

Firefly mom said...

What a great project! And so much better than the scraps of paper/junk mail/toilet paper square (yes, really!) that I usually use.

Heidi Reimer-Epp said...

This is an awesome idea! And what's this "Jesus Storybook Bible" that Leigh referred to - I don't know that title. If it's good, I'll see if I can find it around here. We're always looking for great ways to read/learn Bible stories!

grammy said...

I was going to ask where the cereal bowx was from, but als, we don't have trader joes here in co. I wish we did. I am going to rescue a cereal box from the trash right now. Cute idea.

Beav's Wife said...

You have the best ideas. I used to teach and miss doing fun things like this. I have told so many of my mommy friends about you. Thanks for sharing all these tips / ideas with us!

Completely random ?...how do you write on your photos? I LOVE it but have no idea how to do it! jlschardt@yahoo.com

Thanks!!! Jenny

Nurture Mama said...

I just discovered your blog and I think I spent at least 45 minutes reading it. I love all of your wonderful ideas for crafts. I'm going to try them with my daughter right away. I think we'll start with the watercolors and paper octupus, or maybe the noodle oodles? So many great ideas!

hippos toes said...

I love this idea!!! How clever is that. I hate the traditional book marks as they always fall out of my books. I will make these for everyone I know!! Thanks so much for the great idea!

Nyla said...

Love it! I have to make this after we move!

Lindsey said...

I just HAD to find out what cereal had such a cute box! LOL Natually, it's Trader Joe's. I hear so much about them, but we don't have them in Texas.

Awesome idea for a bookmark!

I love your blog!

mrs_o said...

super cute idea!!

WendyLou said...

... low self-esteem ...

::snort::

Great idea!!

Le Bec said...

That's a brilliant idea!

Kate said...

I just bought the Jesus Storybook Bible for my two year old for Christmas - I'll have to make a bookmark to go with it! Thank you!

Amber said...

Oh, this is so fun!

The magnets most likely didn't stick together because the same sides are facing each other. You'd have to flip one over, but then the sticky would be on the wrong side. : /

I've heard many great things about the storybook bible, too! Hm, maybe I should pick one up for Christmas. :)

BexInTheCity said...

very cute idea! thanks for sharing.

CC said...

LOVE this idea!!!

little red hen said...

Absolutely fantastic idea! I teach 7year olds and this would be a fantastic little activity to do with them! Thank you.

SWIRL said...

I love this project! Not only do I do crafts with cub scouts... but with my sons book club group! This project is going to be great! I know the boys are going to love making their own book marks!
thanks for sharing!

Becky Sue said...

GENIUS !

Meredith said...

Love it!! Thanks for the tutorial!

Jessica said...

I just did this. Thanks so much for sharing! I covered my ugly cereal box with some cute contact paper. Worked pretty well-you can kind of see through it if you are trying.

Jen said...

Pure amazement. ♥ you blog!!!
♥Jen

Eva said...

Really nice! I'll use your idea to prepare some new bookmarks with my pupils.
Thank you very much!
Eva
www.lahistoriaenmislibros.com

Traditional Urbanite said...

I love this craft. Doing it today! Especially after I saw a Hermes magnetic bookmark for lots of $$$.

Diana
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