I honestly couldn’t choose what I like more: the ultra, long, multi-pompom bookmark or carefully crafted shortie. Plus, it’s a project for anyone who’d like to do step it up a notch.
I’ve included a few pompom plus versions, as well:
– Pussy Willow Leaf Bookmark
– Apple-Book Mark Bookmark
Continue with me below.
The idea is very simple but, super functional. How long or how short you’d like the pompom embellishment to be, is us to you. (Plus, they make reading such fun, right?) Ordinary dime-store pompoms are elevated and I love adding a tassel to the end.
This is what you need:
– Large Paper Clips
If using felted wool pompoms, I like to prepare them by punching a hole through the middle before inserting the thread. I just find this to be easier and if I make these with a group of younger kids, I would prepare them with holes before starting.
To make this hole, you can use an oversized needle, a thin knitting needle or the pointy end of a scissors, which is what we did.
– Thread the needle and pull so that needle is in the middle.- Pull the needle through the pompom and then through the top end of the paper clip
This will attach the pompom to the paper clip.
– If you want just one pompom, you can stop with just one.
– Continue after first steps to attach a single red pompom.
– Cut green leaves from felt
– Stitch through the leaves to attach
– Cut any loose ends.
To make a Willow Book Mark,
– Cut one long willow leaf
– Attach leaf to pompom and stitch down the middle.
(Forever emblazoned in my memory is the fact that a friend’s husband can testify to this fact, after standing behind me in airport check-in, where I had to have my bags examined! Opening my suitcase for the world to see was humbling and the experience has made me think twice about what I bring back with me; but, by no means have I stopped.)
We’re starting to feel the swing of our school schedule and hope you’re feeling the same, if it’s school start near you, too. This project isn’t exclusively for school start — it’s really an any time project and I think a great hostess or teacher gift. Thank you for reading and coming along with us.
I’m such a believer in the magic of side-by-side making, which doesn’t always mean that you should be making cookie cutter copies of one another’s projects. I think that there’s magic in sharing time and materials but, taking it in directions that are suited to you. The Big + Small projects that I’ve shared here, are projects that I hope can bring you a starting point for similar every day creating for you — big and small.I think you can see on kid’s faces a feeling of joy, liberation, pride and independence when given the chance to use and express themselves by the same materials you are to create, side-by-side with you. These pieces of artwork tend to be the meaningful once, right? These are the pieces that you keep and they remind of of something bigger or more special.Today’s Pompom Bookmarks are a project that is a perfect example of big and small making. I’ve pulled out just a few below and really, I tend to think almost all willowday projects have this element.
Adults can work at length with details and small, fine, additions but, small hands will get great satisfaction from simply threading beads onto the paper clips with an adult to help them tie.
Big + Small: Painted Spoons
Big + Small: Cloud Blanket and non-sew Cloud Napkins
Big + Small: Colored Ice Ornaments
Willowday Wishes,52 Handmade Willowday Projects (HERE)