Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Simple but Fun - Bookmark this Mother's Day

Do you and your mother love to read? Then why not complement that book for Mother's Day with a DIY bookmark – as inspired by a tutorial on Craftster.

"I was reading 'Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West' and had this idea for a funny bookmark..." - noooitaremybirthday. 

In the original tutorial, the legs are formed of 'Polyclay' which can be found at your local crafts shop but why not try salt dough for that extra touch of convenience and do-it-yourself!

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  1. After mixing up the dough, roll it out into a thickness you're happy with. Cut out the dough as needed with a butter knife then shape into your design (in this case, a pair of legs!) Shaping salt dough by hand gives it an authentic uneven surface for an added sense of a unique, home-made item.
  2. Don't forget to use either a piece of A4 paper or card to produce slits in the top of the legs for you to insert the body of your bookmark later on.
  3. If you're using salt dough, place the legs in your oven on the lowest setting to speed up the drying process. Check them frequently as the drying time will depend on thickness. Let them dry further a few more days on the counter. Otherwise, follow the instructions on your Polyclay packet. 
  4. Once the salt dough is dry, the legs can be sanded back nice and smooth with a medium grit sand paper, followed by a fine grit.
  5. Using acrylic paint or inks, paint the legs white (as Polyclay will turn brown in the oven). Then add details as you desire. 
  6. While the paint dries, jump on the computer and design the body of your bookmark. Don't forget to personalise the bookmark with a personal message for mum! Print and cut out as necessary. Otherwise, an interesting piece of card or decorative paper will do nicely. 
  7. Once the paint is dry on the legs, slip the paper into the slits you made earlier with a small amount of craft glue to help the legs stick to the body. 

As for the ruby shoes, a touch of craft glue and red glitter will help them sparkle – just as they did for Judy Garland.

Hi-ho! The wicked witch is dead! (Just don't get her wet!)

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