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Handmade Gifts For Kids

Molly and her buddies are progressing from picture books to chapter books, a BIG step, so these little cuties will help them chart their progress to the story’s end :)

So with a fistful of coloured craft sticks, oven bake clay, beads and twine I came up with this simple and pretty handmade gift for kids to make for their friends, on any occasion, or just to say I love that you’re my friend …


jump on to see all the step by step photos.
Molly’s making hers now (in secret) and will bring to me to glue together when she’s finished :)-
Handmade Gifts For Kids To Make – craft stick bookmark

Materials Needed: packet of while oven bake clay, small craft sticks, beads and some twine (I used bakers twine)

Roll out the clay with a rolling pin until about 1cm thick and punch out the shapes with small cookie or craft cutters (I had a little packet of fimo cutters). We picked the hearts to work with because Valentine’s Day was fast approaching.

Next cut a slot in the back of each heart to the width of the craft stick and deep enough to take two craft sticks.

Poke a little hole in the heart to take the twine later.

Lay the clay hearts on a baking tray and pop them in the oven – following the packet instructions on whatever clay brand you are using. The Sculpey clay I used only took about 18mins @150deg

After the clay pieces have cooled it’s time for painting and assembly. For each bookmark you need two craft sticks, cut to alternative lengths, one clay piece, two beads and a short length of twine.

Using a nail file smooth any edges or marks on the clay pieces. It is important to make sure the slot at the back of the clay piece is as flat as possible to ensure the craft sticks lie flat when glued in.

Start by painting a pattern on the smaller of the craft sticks, and whatever design you like on the front of the clay piece. Let dry.

Then thread the twine through the hole in the clay piece and knot a bead at the end of each end.

With a glue gun first stick down the short craft stick into the clay slot, hold down firmly, then glue the second longer craft stick on top.


happy reading friends xx

(books used in the photos are Molly’s current favourites: Rose’s Garden written and illustrated by┬áPeter H. Reynolds and Pippy Longstocking, illustrated so beautifully by Lauren Child)


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