Literacy Craft Tutorial: Poetry-Inspired Felt Craft

Poem-Inspired Felt Craft

The following literacy craft tutorial is a guest post by Denise Cortes who publishes the site, Pearmama.com.

As a homeschooling mother, I’ve had the privilege of teaching six children how to read. Phonics, flash cards, picture books, audio tracks, reading apps–you name it, we used it. Teaching my kids to read wasn’t always an easy task. There were moments when I grew weary, and wondered when they would finally “get the code.” Some of my children learned quickly and were on their way to reading chapter books at a young age. On the other end of the spectrum, I had a two children who didn’t learn to read until they were well past the “acceptable” reading age.

Instead of worrying and putting unnecessary stress on my challenged readers, I got creative. One of the ways I encouraged confidence in their reading skills was through poetry and enrichment projects. For us, this meant simple craft projects. My daughter memorized several poems. And along the way, we created fun enrichment activities tailored to each poem, such as this felt craft pictured above. It was inspired by the following poem – one of our favorites.

“The Caterpillar” by Christina Rosetti

Brown and furry
caterpillar in a hurry
take your walk
to the shady leaf or stalk.
May no toad spy you,
may the little birds pass by you.
Spin and die,
to live again a butterfly.

Let’s get crafting!

 

What you’ll need to make this fun craft:

  • felt squares (several colors)
  • 9×12 felt square for background
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • needle and thread

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I decided to stick with more natural colors, since the caterpillar is “brown and furry.” Reserve one of the 9 x 12 felt squares as the background for the caterpillar. Begin cutting the felt into the caterpillar shapes, reserving 20 pieces for the caterpillar body, one piece for the head, two eyes, two for the inner eyes, one round nose, two antennae, four legs, a leaf, leaf spine and stem for a total of 35 felt pieces. Of course, if you want to make your caterpillar smaller, make adjustments accordingly.

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After the shapes are cut, lay them out and decide on the overall design.

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We decided we wanted the caterpillar on a “shady leaf.”

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Use a hot glue gun to glue the felt pieces down. Be sure to help your child when using the glue gun. As a safer alternative, use fabric glue. For a fun accent, let your child use needle and thread around their caterpillar design.

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This poem-inspired craft is a great way to enrich your child’s reading experience through hands-on learning.

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denise-cortesDenise Cortes is a writer/blogger and an artist when she isn’t tending to her family and teaching art. Denise is the content creator at Pearmama.com, a blog about a Latina mom raising six kids and living a creative life. A native of Southern California, Denise has been blogging since 2006, when her husband suggested she continue her life-long practice of journal writing about life and family. Since then, she’s been sharing fun DIY craft projects, Latino culture, creating art on TOMS shoes and writing heartfelt parenting stories about her children, ages 8 to 16. Denise is also a regular contributor at BabyCenter and Latinamom.me. You can also follow her on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

 

Literacy Craft Tutorial: ‘Frida’ Shrink Plastic Bookmark

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This week, the L4LL DIY Summer Reading Camp theme is ART. The following literacy craft tutorial is a guest post by Kathy Cano-Murillo who publishes the site, CraftyChica.com.

 

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is always a source of inspiration. Here’s a way to add her spirit to your books with the help of shrink plastic and markers.

Supplies:

  • Frosted shrink plastic (found at the craft store)
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Thin black permanent marker
  • Assorted colored markers
  • Embossing gun or toaster oven

Directions:

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  1. Print out an image of Frida, keeping in mind that it will shrink 60%. I started with a piece of shrink plastic that was about 3” x 7” long.

  2. Frosted side up, set the shrink plastic on top of the image. Use a pencil to draw the image, tracing over her face, eyes, hair, neck and nose.

  3. Now go over the pencil marks with the black liner pen, this is your chance to fix any mistakes in the tracing process. Erase any pencil lines.

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  1. Use the colored markers to fill in all the areas. Bring her to life with color!

  2. Cut out around the shape and punch a hole at the top.

  3. Have an adult do this part: On a silicone mat, run the heat gun over the plastic until it curls and flattens out. You can also use a toaster oven and heat according to the shrink plastic package directions.

  4. Add a ribbon through the top of the hole. You’re done!
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Literacy Craft Tutorial: DIY Musical Magazine Holder

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This week, the L4LL DIY Summer Reading Camp theme is MUSIC/MUSICA. The following literacy craft tutorial is a guest post by Dariela Cruz who publishes the site, MamiTalks.com.

Magazine holders are so useful. I never think of them for the kids’ room, but even if the kids don’t have any magazines, they always have coloring books, reading workbooks, math workbooks, or notebooks that can definitely be organized better inside a magazine rack.

This magazine rack is made out of a cereal box, some scrapbooking paper and stickers. It is very easy to make and the kids can help, too. This one has a musical theme and can be very useful for storing sheet music and/or music notebooks. There are many wonderful designs of scrapbooking paper available for each kid’s preference. Guide them through this craft and they will love making something useful for their own room!


Supplies:

  • A cereal box wide enough to fit a magazine
  • 2 sheets of scrapbooking paper
  • Decoupage glue (matte or glossy is ok)
  • A brush to apply the glue
  • Scissors and/or a craft knife
  • A ruler
  • A permanent marker
  • Musical stickers

Instructions:

Grab the empty cereal box and place a magazine on top of it.

Make marks with the permanent marker on one side of the box a little bit higher than the magazine height, and on the other side make a mark a little bit lower than the half of the magazine’s total  height.

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Draw a line joining both marks then continue on the other side with the help of a ruler.

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With scissors (or craft knife) carefully cut the box along the marked lines.

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The structure of the magazine holder is done. Now to decorate it!

Use the first scrapbooking paper and lay the box on top of it. This paper will cover only two sides of the box. With a pencil, mark the paper leaving space for flaps on every side and the top and bottom. They don’t need to be precise, just make sure you have them all, then cut along your marks with scissors.

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Once the paper is cut, apply the glue with a brush to one entire side.

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Glue the paper around the 2 sides of the box.

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Mark, cut, and glue the second scrapbooking paper the same way as the first, but don’t leave flaps on two sides so that the border of the paper is exactly aligned with the border of the box.

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Once the whole magazine holder is wrapped with paper apply the decoupage glue all over it and let it dry for a couple of hours.

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Cut a small rectangle of scrapbooking paper and place it on the inside of the back of the magazine holder. This part will show even when the magazines are inside it.

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Now it’s time for the fun part! Let the kids use the stickers and have fun decorating the magazine holder! Use them on the thin sides of the box, which are the ones that will show most often when it’s in use.

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Dariela is a Venezuelan mom and graphic designer currently living in San Diego, CA. She blogs at Mami Talks, where she shares the day-to-day as a mom of her 6 year-old son Adrian and 3 year-old daughter Maya. In her blog you can always find fresh ideas, crafts and inspirations filled with lots of photography. She is passionate about family, culture and anything art related. Connect with Dariela on twitter:  @darielacruz, Facebook, Google+ or her Design Blog.

Literacy Craft Tutorial: Favorite Words Placemat

Favorite Words Placemat

This week, the L4LL DIY Summer Reading Camp theme is FOOD/COMIDA. The following literacy craft tutorial is a guest post by Dariela Cruz who publishes the site, MamiTalks.com.

In our home we have tons of placemats because I love to make new ones for any occasion. Some of them get used daily and some of them for holidays only because they have a specific theme.

In this case, the theme is “words.” Making collages is a craft that kids of all ages enjoy because looking for what you need and creating that big, final mixed-art piece will be very personal – it will feel special. I told the kids to sort through the magazines and cut their favorite words. They could also include images, which was important for my little girl who is only 4 years old. She included more images and I helped her with the words.

After the placemat is done, they use it. They look at the words and images they cut and arranged themselves with a sense of pride. Plus they are constantly reading what they chose!

Here is how to make a Favorite Words Placemat:

Supplies:

-1 white poster board 11 x 17”
-Magazines to cut
-Construction paper and/or patterned paper
-Decoupage glue (matte or glossy is ok)
-Wide paintbrush
-Clear sealer spray
-Scissors and craft knife
-Craft glue

Instructions:

Step 1: Cut
Start by letting the kids sort through the magazines and cut as many words and images as they want.

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Meanwhile, cut some color paper or patterned paper in rectangles and glue them on the poster board, leave some white spaces as well. This is done to give the placemat some color instead of it being just all white.

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Let the kids cut out the letters of their names and glue them on a special block of color on the top of the placemat. You may need to help the little ones by doing this part for them.

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Time to glue all the cut-outs to the placemat!

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After the placemat is done, apply several layers decoupage glue with a brush. Make sure each layer dries before applying the next. Do at least 3 layers on the front and then 2 on the back.Wait until it dries for at least 4 hours so it can be used. (Option2: Instead of decoupaging the placemat, laminate it.)

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Keep in mind that this placemat can’t be submerged in water and it should be cleaned with a slightly dampened cloth.

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While using the placemats ask the kids which is their most favorite word and why. If they are learning how to spell, ask them to spell the word aloud!

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Dariela is a Venezuelan mom and graphic designer currently living in San Diego, CA. She blogs at Mami Talks, where she shares the day-to-day as a mom of her 6 year-old son Adrian and 3 year-old daughter Maya. In her blog you can always find fresh ideas, crafts and inspirations filled with lots of photography. She is passionate about family, culture and anything art related. Connect with Dariela on twitter: @darielacruz, Facebook, Google+ or her Design Blog.

Literacy Craft Tutorial: Mis Libros No-Sew Book Bag

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This week, the L4LL DIY Summer Reading Camp theme is SUMMER. The following literacy craft tutorial is a guest post by Kathy Cano-Murillo who publishes the site, CraftyChica.com.

Mis Libros No-Sew Book Bag
by Kathy Cano-Murillo

Life is too short to carry around just one book, right? Why not several? Here is a great way to recycle an old t-shirt into a super cute book bag! Use fabric paint to add the saying “mis libros” – “my books!”

Supplies:

  • 1 unwanted T-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Fabric Paint
  • Letter Stencils
  • Sponge Pouncers

Directions:

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1. Fold the shirt in half and cut off the sleeves.

2. Also cut off the neck.

3. Open the shirt and cut 3” notches all along the bottom.

4. Stretch each notch and tie in a knot all the way across to seal the bottom of the bag.

 

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5. Cut the seams off the top of the shirt and tie to make the handles.

6. Set the shirt flat and place stencils flat.

7. Apply the fabric paint in a pouncing motion and let dry.

 

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Kathy-Cano-MurilloKathy Cano-Murillo is a writer/novelist, artist/illustrator and founder of the award-winning site, CraftyChica.com. Known for her glittery “Mexi-boho” style, she is a national spokesperson for iLoveToCreate and a creative influencer for Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores. She has a product line that is carried in Michaels stores and is a former columnist for The Arizona Republic, and has authored nine books, two of them novels. She have been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, HGTV, DIY Network, Lifetime TV and more. She is a third-generation Mexican-American, a native Phoenician, mom, wifey, with five Chihuahuas.

Literacy Craft Tutorial: DIY Gardening Sticks

Literacy Craft DIY Gardening Sticks

This week, the L4LL DIY Summer Reading Camp theme is NATURE. The following literacy craft tutorial is a guest post by Dariela Cruz who publishes the site, MamiTalks.com.

DIY Gardening Sticks

Having fresh herbs and vegetables on hand at  home is very helpful and healthy. If you live in the city like we do, it is great for kids to see where food comes from, too.

Making labels for the plants is a fun way for the kids to practice spelling and identify words. For these labels, I decided to make them as sticks with polymer clay. This clay is long-lasting and easy to use. Older kids can help by stamping the word for each plant and younger kids can help coloring the words at the end.

It is super easy to make these gardening sticks for labeling the plants. Just follow these instructions:

Supplies:

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A packet of polymer clay (4 oz will be enough for 4 sticks)
Cutting tools
Letter stamps
Rolling pin (to use only with the clay)
Oil-based Sharpie markers
Ruler
Parchment paper

 

Instructions:

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Start by rolling the clay and spreading it so that it is about ⅛ of an inch thick.

 

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Cut the clay with the craft knife in a rectangle of about 7 inches tall and 1 inch wide.

 

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Cut the bottom of the rectangle into a point. This will make it easier to sink it in the dirt later.

 

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Now for the fun part! Stamp the name of your plant, letter by letter, top to bottom. Keep in mind that depending on the color of your clay, it might be a little hard to see the word at this point.

 

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Bake in a preheated oven on a tray covered with parchment paper at 275ºF for about 25 minutes. Take it out and let it cool completely.

 

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After they are completely cooled, add color to the markers by filling in the letters with a Sharpie and add decorative details on the top of each one so it’s easier to identify.

Optional: You can also use stamps in the shape of your veggies, herbs, or any other decoration and add it to the top of the word.

 

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Dariela is a Venezuelan mom and graphic designer currently living in San Diego, CA. She blogs at Mami Talks, where she shares the day-to-day as a mom of her 6 year-old son Adrian and 3 year-old daughter Maya. In her blog you can always find fresh ideas, crafts and inspirations filled with lots of photography. She is passionate about family, culture and anything art related. Connect with Dariela on twitter: @darielacruz, Facebook, Google+ or her Design Blog.

 

 

Literacy Craft Tutorial: Bookmaking

DIY Family Keepsake Book Craft

This week, the L4LL DIY Summer Reading Camp theme is FAMILIA. The following literacy craft tutorial is a guest post by Denise Cortes who publishes the site, Pearmama.com.

Bookmaking: Make your own family keepsake book

My kids are really sentimental when it comes to family photos. One of our favorite things to do as a family is to sit down and thumb through their baby books and photo albums. We all laugh at the memories and at the end of it all, I’m usually in tears. Why must childhood be so fleeting?

I wanted to teach my daughters how to make make a DIY family keepsake book so they could collect photos, small notes and drawings and keep the tradition of documenting our family going strong. This craft project is inexpensive and fun for everyone!

What you’ll need to make your own:

  • brown paper bags
  • scissors
  • decorative edge scissors
  • glue stick
  • patterned & solid color scrapbooking paper
  • black marker
  • jute twine or yarn

What I love most about this project is we’re basically going to repurpose an inexpensive brown paper bag. It’s as simple as folding a bag or two in half, sandwiching them together, poking a few holes on one side and threading a piece of twine or ribbon to bind them together. After trimming one side with a pair of decorative edge scissors, you will have a “book” with pockets, similar to an accordion.

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If you want to make the “book” thicker, use more than one paper bag. I used two, which allowed me to have four pockets to slide photos and keepsakes in.

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To bind the paper bags together, make three holes along the edge that is opposite to the opening side.

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Now you are ready to decorate your book. Find a few patterned sheets of scrapbooking squares. Cut them down to size so they can fit properly.

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Glue down each piece of scrapbooking paper onto the “pages” of your book. Add a smaller piece of solid color paper and glue it on top of the scrapbooking paper, toward the bottom. This space is for any captions you’d like to write, such as: My family, mama, papa, brother, sister, abuelita etc. Remember, you are celebrating family!

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The final step is to thread the book with a piece of jute twine, to bind all of the pages together. Be sure to tie a tight knot.

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Now you can fill up your keepsake book with pictures, notes, photobooth pictures etc.

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denise-cortesDenise Cortes is a writer/blogger and an artist when she isn’t tending to her family and teaching art. Denise is the content creator at Pearmama.com, a blog about a Latina mom raising six kids and living a creative life. A native of Southern California, Denise has been blogging since 2006, when her husband suggested she continue her life-long practice of journal writing about life and family. Since then, she’s been sharing fun DIY craft projects, Latino culture, creating art on TOMS shoes and writing heartfelt parenting stories about her children, ages 8 to 16. Denise is also a regular contributor at BabyCenter and Latinamom.me. You can also follow her on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

Literacy Craft Tutorial: DIY: Book-Inspired Sports ID Tag

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This week, the L4LL DIY Summer Reading Camp theme is SPORTS! The following literacy craft tutorial is a guest post by Denise Cortes who publishes the site, PearMama.

Soccer is a big deal in my house. My son Cyan just finished up his very first season of soccer, and I just became the quintessential soccer mom. Every Saturday morning we would pack up our chairs and snacks and cheer on my boy while he ran up and down the field, kicking the ball and being awesome. He learned so much and now he’s hooked!

As a busy mom with six kids, team sports have always been a challenge for me. The cost (registration, new shoes, uniform, etc.), the time away from home, and making the commitment to attend team practice and games usually has me shaking in my boots. However, the excitement of being on a team and the smile on my child’s face when he sees me cheering from the sidelines makes it so worthwhile.

Since my boy is constantly schlepping his soccer bag to and from the soccer field, I wanted to make him a fun book-inspired ID tag to celebrate Latinas for Latino Lit’s 2014 Summer Reading Program. I’m a big fan of fun, functional crafts. With this cool ID tag on his soccer bag, my son can easily spot it amongst his teammates. It also showcases his love of reading and soccer.

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You’ll also need this:

  • glue stick or Mod Podge
  • paintbrush
  • black marker

Whenever I am crafting, I really try to utilize my resources. Instead of going out and buying a thick piece of cardstock, I used a piece of cardboard. I just cut it down to the size I wanted my ID tag, which was 3 x 3 inches. I also cut a circle so I could make a soccer ball shape. On the white paper, draw a soccer ball, making sure its the same size as the cardboard circle. Color it in with the Sharpie marker and then cut it out.

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Glue the soccer ball drawing onto the round cardboard shape. Also, glue the blue scrapbooking paper onto the cardboard as well. You can use a glue stick, but for this particular project, I prefer Mod Podge. Not only will it glue my shapes together, it will seal the surface and make the ID tag a bit more sturdy. This means you’ll need a coat under your paper to glue it down to the surface as well as a coat brushed on top to act as a sealer. Once that coat is dry, you can add little details on your “book” with a black marker.

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My son’s team was called “The Transformers” and the team color was blue so I kept to a blue palette. I also cut out a few triangles to give it a fun, modern look. Glue them down with another coat of Mod Podge. Doodling a few fun designs would look great on your ID tag, too.

Once it’s completely dry, make a hole in the corner of each shape using the hole punch. Pull the shapes onto the loose leaf ring.

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Be sure to flip the ID tag over and write down your child’s information, just in case his or her bag gets lost. Your book-inspired sports ID tag is now ready to be displayed on a sports bag or backpack. My boy loves his new ID tag that mom made just for him!

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Have a great summer and make sure you stay tuned for more fun summer reading crafts.

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Denise Cortes is a writer/blogger and an artist when she isn’t tending to her family and teaching art. Denise is the content creator at Pearmama.com, a blog about a Latina mom raising six kids and living a creative life. A native of Southern California, Denise has been blogging since 2006, when her husband suggested she continue her life-long practice of journal writing about life and family. Since then, she’s been sharing fun DIY craft projects, Latino culture, creating art on TOMS shoes and writing heartfelt parenting stories about her children, ages 8 to 16. Denise is also a regular contributor at BabyCenter and Latinamom.me. You can also follow her on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

 

HHM Reading Craft Tutorial: Washi Tape Monogram Bookmarks


The following is a guest post by Dariela Cruz who publishes the site, Mami Talks.

It is great to nurture the habit of reading in kids of any age. For some it is easier and for others it’s harder. In my case, my two kids love to read; both in different ways, but they do. My younger one, who is only 3, doesn’t read yet but acts like she does, most of the time she can’t wait for us to read her a book, she has to grab it and start pretending to read it herself! Well, that works too!

The older one is reading now and loves to do it out loud, which I find cute.

A great way to keep encouraging the love of reading is to make some crafts around it. We have made many type of bookmarks in the past but I thought it was time to create a bookmark using washi tape (or craft tape that comes in so many awesome colors and patterns) and include the initial of the child’s name. They love this because it is a special bookmark for each of them. This craft can be made with the help of kids 7 and older.

Here is how to make the washi tape monogram bookmarks:

Supplies:

Poster board
Ruler
Pencil
Washi tape in different colors
craft knife
scissors

Instructions:

1. With a pencil (not too strong but not too light either), draw a rectangle for the bookmark of about 6 inches tall by 2 inches wide, on top of the rectangle, draw the letter of the initial. You can use this page as a guide for the letters, pick a bold letter and type in the letter you need, if necessary you can also print it out.

2. Pick two or more different tapes and start by masking the letter with horizontal lines (don’t worry about the holes, they will be cut out later).

3. Pick two or more different tapes (different than the ones used for the letter) and mask the main rectangle of the bookmark vertically. Choose contrasting colors from the letter so the letter comes out when looking at it all together.

4. Cut the holes and sides of the bookmark with a craft knife.

After we were done creating these bookmarks, the kids each picked one of their favorite books and started reading it with the bookmark inside because they just wanted to use it! I love how the initial of each of their names pops out of each book so you know who was reading what. In fact now we want to create more in different colors, that way they’ll have more available to use!

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Dariela is a Venezuelan mom and graphic designer currently living in San Diego, CA. She blogs atMami Talks, where she shares the day-to-day as a mom of her 6 year-old son Adrian and 3 year-old daughter Maya. In her blog you can always find fresh ideas, crafts and inspirations filled with lots of photography. She is passionate about family, culture and anything art related. Connect with Dariela on twitter:@darielacruz, Facebook, Google+ or her Design Blog.

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The following is a guest post by Denise Cortes who publishes the site pearmama.com.

I’ve been a bookworm at heart ever since I was a little girl. Once I learned to read, my favorite thing to do was to find a cozy nook and read stories. Go outside and play, my mother would say to me. I did what I was told, but I often wondered why when I could find everything I wanted in a book. Books have a way of transporting you to a different time and place. Once I learned books could do that, it opened up the world to me.

I don’t always have the time to read like I used to. Bummer. When I do, I tend to read it from cover to cover in just a couple of days–I’ve been known to read with a flashlight in bed so I don’t disturb my husband! Anything to find some quiet time to read.

One of my favorite things to do is hold on to a good book so I can read it over and over again. When I go back and revisit some of my favorite books and read through the familiar pages–it’s like visiting an old friend. Victor Villaseñor’s Rain of Gold is one of the books I always come back to. Each and every time I do, I discover something new. As a result, the cover is faded and the pages are dog-eared, but it’s still a beloved story in my eyes.

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and Latinas for Latino Lit’s Festival of Books, I wanted to share a quick and easy way to make your own fabric bookmark. This is a good way of preserving your favorite books–no more bent pages!

Earlier this year, I made batik-style prints on fabric using a glue resist technique. You can read all about it here. Basically, it’s making designs on fabric using glue gel, which resists paint. You can create all sorts of cool patterns this way. I had lots of fabric squares I had experimented with just stacked and waiting to be used in a diy project, so this was the perfect opportunity.

If you don’t have any glue resist fabric laying around, it’s okay. Just use what you have–quilt squares and oilcloth works great, too. The size of your bookmark is totally up to you. My bookmark was 9 x 3 inches.

What a simple way to make a bright and colorful bookmark, don’t you think?

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Denise Cortes is a native of Southern California. This Latina mom loves to share stories about life with a large family and how she made it through six pregnancies, four home births, extended breastfeeding and now, homeschooling. Denise is passionate about the creative spirit as a means of cultivating self-worth in children. Denise blogs at www.pearmama.com, where she shares fun DIY projects, modern art for kids, and her children–four sons (16, 14, 13, & 11) and two daughters (8 & 9). Denise is also a regular contributor at BabyCenter and Mamiverse. You can also follow Denise on Pinterest , Twitter, Google+ and Instagram.