Botanical Bookmark Art
I don’t know about your kids, but mine are back in school. Busy schedules, homework routines, reading logs, the works! Even though school is back in session for most, art shouldn’t be forgotten. In fact, art can easily be incorporated into each subject. There’s no reason we can’t use art for a little literature appreciation. The bookmarks we are making today not only let us explore nature around us, but they will make any book we read, whether mandatory reading or for fun, that much more beautiful.
Every once in awhile I think it’s great for us to put our paintbrushes down and walk outside for inspiration. We forget sometimes that the best canvas surrounds us. There is art in nature, in our backyards, at the park, in each and every flower, and today’s lesson is going to incorporate those things into our art. You could say that nature is our medium today.
You will need flowers, leaves, and/or herbs, self-adhesive laminating sheets, and scissors. You can find the laminating sheets at any office supply store, they are my go to since we don’t have a laminating machine at home.
You’ll want to collect your supplies from your walk outside, or trip to your backyard. If you want to cut down the sheet in half ahead of time, that’s fine, or else you can use two full size sheets, one for the top and one for the bottom, and you can cut after.
Peel off one sheet and lay flat. Have your children arrange their items on the sheet, be careful it’s STICKY!
In the photo below, you can see we did two bookmarks at the same time, side by side and then planned on cutting them to separate them at the end.
Once they are happy with the placement of their plants, go ahead and peel back the other sheet and carefully lay it down on top of the other. The items will be sandwiched between. You can even use a ruler to smooth out any bumps or air pockets.
If you need to cut the sheets in half, do that now. Also, if there are any sticky sides use your scissors to trim down the bookmark.
Now you just have to slip it in your favorite book!