Olive’s Valentine Bookmarks

February 11, 2009

Remember how excited I was to help Olive craft up a Valentine Mailbox? Well. On Saturday, we set out to do just that. But upon reading the mailbox instructions more thoroughly, we realized that Olive was supposed to bring in a plain box and that the class would do their box decorating together. This news was met with sadness across the board. So to cheer everyone up, we used our supplies to make Valentine Bookmarks instead. And Olive will give these out to classmates this year in lieu of traditional notes. Here’s our report:

We cut some heavy cardstock (green/blue and red) to 2.25″ x 6″ strips. That’s a good, comfortable bookmark size, with plenty of space for decoration. On the back, Olive wrote a to/from note.

Then she went to work glueing, glittering and stickering the fronts.

On some she made a decorative border.

Ribbons were attached when the glue was dry. Since our stickers were little word bubbles, on some of the bookmarks, we used the glue to make faces so that they could speak the little Valentine’s messages. So cute!

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1 Smiling Mama February 11, 2009 at 11:17 am

Adorable! What a great idea for pretty and useful valentines!


2 sara February 11, 2009 at 12:00 pm

A great idea for my 1st grade daughter — she is dying to make her own Valentines this year (instead of cheapy store-boughts) and I was having a hard time coming up with something that she could do (with my help) in a short amount of time. I already have a pack of red pre-cut bookmarks leftover from making Christmas tags which will work perfectly; thanks!


3 Erin @ Sprouted In the Kitchen February 11, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Design Mom, I saw the pic of your supplies a few posts ago, and noticed that they were from the Martha line available at Michael’s. I, absorbed in my own crafty visions, went to *two* of my Michael’s, only to have employees look with blank stares when I asked about a Valentine’s Day line of Martha crafts. So solve the riddle–where did you obtain your supplies, if they be Martha ones? I would still like some–the Martha ones are great!


4 Kage February 11, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Ugh! Big sis and I made these Martha Stewart Felt Fortune Cookies, and they are a dissappointment b/c they don’t seem to stay closed very well and definitely do not hold any kisses. Maybe my wire isn’t strong enough.

Anyway, I still have Thursday night and only 15 kids in the class and a cool heart punch, maybe we can pull together some book marks….THANKS for the inspiration!


5 Kris February 12, 2009 at 11:02 am

Wow…those really are so cute! And I love that she made them- what a confidence booster for a child!


6 Wendy February 12, 2009 at 12:11 pm

So many fun ideas!


7 paper girl February 12, 2009 at 12:48 pm

sad about the no-mailbox realization…but these are super cute also. that olive is one crafty kid! she must take after her mom :)


8 Kathryn February 12, 2009 at 2:25 pm

They were a huge success. It was fun watching her pass them out and seeing the oohs and aahs over her work today at the class party. Yeah for Olive!


9 Daisy February 12, 2009 at 5:02 pm

oh gosh, i totally heart your smileys. they’re super duper cute. :D

happy valentines, everybody!


10 Princess of Everything (and then some) February 13, 2009 at 10:47 am

Those are so sweet! Don’t you just love the Martha Stewart glitters?!?!?!


11 Anonymous February 8, 2010 at 10:02 am



12 sandwiched February 10, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Great idea! We're stuck inside here in western PA for Snowpocalypse 2010. The kids are on their third snow day in a row, and who knows when the roads will be clear enough to go get storebought valentines? The kids' parties (if they get back to school) are in two days!

I have 3 bored girls holed up with me (my 2 plus a neighbor), and I think they'd love this idea!


13 Joanne February 1, 2012 at 10:39 am

Thanks for posting these! I was looking for something my son could make that wasn’t too difficult which he could make in mass quantity for his class without getting bored. These fit the bill perfectly. Plus I love that they are functional!


14 Jayne February 10, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Love this idea–a good excuse not to bring more candy to school! Thanks for sharing.


15 Art Mom February 17, 2014 at 1:04 am

These are great! I just love homemade Valentines. We used printmaking this year to make valentines to share at school and enclosed a little lollipop. The bookmarks are an easy project to make multiples of – love it!


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