How To Make a “Colors of the Wind” Bookmark

We here at disneyBOP want to try to add a little bit of Disney into every ounce of your life. On top of that, I want to be Martha Stewart. I was once grounded from watching Martha Stewart’s talk show when I was in elementary school, because I have been working on my brand since birth. I tell you this as our goal is to bring you one craft a month so I can live out my Martha fantasies and you can create something simple and magically influenced! For this crafting sesh, we decided to tie it together with our Book Club (First 2 chapters of A Wrinkle In Time should be read by next Wednesday, August 23rd. Are you prepared?!), so here’s how to make Pocahontas’ Colors of the Wind Bookmarks!

What You’ll Need:

  • Cardboard box from your pantry (something you already have, like a box of popcorn, granola bars, etc.)
  • Leaves (Just from the ground, DON’T BUY THEM)
  • Crayons/Colored Pencils
  • Copy Paper
  • Clear Contact Paper/Clear Packing Tape
  • Scissors
  • Rubber Cement
  • Permanent Marker

Instructions:

Using your permanent marker, draw the shape of your bookmark on the cardboard and cut out using the scissors. I made mine a normal rectangle, but feel free to think outside the box and cut out any shape you want! Make sure to recycle the rest of the box after you’re done.

Take a piece of copy paper and place on top of leaves placed in various places. Make sure the leaves are spread out.

Take your crayons/colored pencils and rub on top of the copy paper. This should leave a print of the leaves. You can use any colors you want. Try to cover as much of the paper as possible.

Trace the shape of you bookmark on the paper so you will have two sides, then cut out the bookmark-sized shapes.

Use the rubber cement to glue the paper onto both sides of the cardboard. You may need to double-up layers on the side of the cardboard that features the colors and designs, so make sure to test you can’t see through your one layer of paper before gluing down. If you can see through, add a blank sheet of white underneath your leaf print page to block out any of the unwanted designs peaking through.

Cut a piece of contact paper double the size of your bookmark and fold it over to create a seal, like that of lamination. Now, the ends won’t seal perfectly using the contact paper, but it’s enough to protect your bookmark. If you want a perfect seal, cut a piece of packing tape that is the double the length of your bookmark. Stick your bookmark on the sticky side of the tape at an edge. Then, fold over carefully, making sure to get rid of any bubbles. You should have a better seal.

You have a Pocahontas inspired bookmark! A great book is just around the riverbend for you!

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