Monday, November 16, 2009

So easy, it's sinful

Remember my commitment to make more gifts this year? Well, I'm doing it! I'm actually, satisfactually doing it! YEAH, me!

Today's little tutorial features Jo making gifts for her friends.
If you or your daughter is likely to be on Jo's gift list, please do my girl a favor and keep this dark, o.k.? She's really excited about her little craft spree, and if her mom managed to ruin the surprise factor with her blog, of all things ... well, it would be drama. ((insert eye roll here)) And the last thing a 12 year-old girl needs is more drama.

O.k., on to the gift ....


When Jo saw the link to the elastic bookmarks, she was smitten. And why not? It's truly the ultimate gift for a homeschooled pre-teen--at least most of the ones we know. I was planning on making some of these as well, but Jo wanted to dive right in so I handed the reins to her. We went to our local craft shop, got some simple supplies, and tried it out. Turns out, they're so easy that you really have to make half dozen of the things in order to fill up any time at all. Really. They're that easy. But don't take my word for it. I've got pictures to prove it.

charms (Jo bought nice ones at $9.99 for a pack of three. Most were far cheaper, but it was her money so hey, buy what you want kid!)
elastic cording ($1.79 for enough to make a dozen or so bookmarks)
optional: jump rings (if your charms didn't come with them) Does the charm face forward on a string? If so, it doesn't need a jump ring.

And away we go---

1. Measure and cut about 15 inches of elastic cording.

2. Slide on a charm.

3. Knot the cording just above the charm.

4. Knot the loose ends at the top. Trim to even the cording.

5. You made a bookmark! Simply slide it around the book and enjoy.

I told you it was easy. It's also ├╝berpractical and cute to boot! Who wouldn't want one of these?


Desiree said...

Those are cool!! Thanks for the tip. -heartofjoy (SL forums)

Melanie said...

Oh my! You just answered my cousin gifts dilemma. What a great idea. Thank you so much for sharing!

Camille said...

What a great idea to post pics of the "step by step"...your daughter must be so happy...she looks happy! :)

Well done for getting some gifts under way...I was inspired by some of the links you provided in a previous post...thanks again for sharing!


Kindred Blessings said...

Very cute! We may have to make these.

Jenn @ A Country Girl's Ramblings said...

So cool! My boys could make these for their grandmas.

Anonymous said...

Our homeschool support group does a kids sale every December. My girls just bought the stuff to make these. Thanks for the idea!