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DIY of the Week – Marbled Bookmarks

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

With Read A Book Day and World Literacy Day both falling in the month of September, we carry on with our theme for this month’s DIYs. Reading is really important to us, and it should be to you too. With fiction, you can meet new people, travel to new places, some real, some imagined, and you can do all of that from the comfort of your home. Non-fiction can introduce you to the backstories of your favorite idols, through their biographies or autobiographies, get help from self-help or motivational books, learn new skills, get insight into history, and so many other fields. No matter which way you look at it, books make us a better, and more enlightened society.

This week’s bookmark not only looks smart, but colorful and bright too. And with an extremely simple process to make them, you can not only have a set of personalized bookmarks for yourself, but for friends and family too. So let’s get going.

 

What you need:

1. Blank white paper

2. Shaving foam

3. Several food dye colors

4. Skewer

5. A shallow receptable the size of, or bigger than, the sheet of paper

6. Single hole puncher

 

What you need to do:

Step 1

Fill a layer of shaving foam  in the receptable.

Image source - Kate's Creative Space

Image source – Kate’s Creative Space

 

Step 2

Drop several drops of different dyes in a random pattern across the top of the foam layer

Image source - Kate's Creative Space

Image source – Kate’s Creative Space

 

Step 3

Take the skewer and lightly dipping the tip into the foam, create swirls in the foam with light strokes.

Image source - Kate's Creative Space

Image source – Kate’s Creative Space

 

Step 4

Once the foam has a nice and colorful swirl pattern, take the sheet of paper and gently lay it over the patterned foam layer. Make sure to not push the paper into the foam. It needs to just lightly lay on top of the layer, like it’s floating.

 

Step 5

Gently remove the sheet of paper, and flipping it over, let it dry out.

Image source - Pinterest

Image source – Pinterest

 

Step 6

Once the sheet is dry, cut the sheet into the correct size. Once done, you can laminate the sheet if you want, or directly punch a hole at the top, string a bit of ribbon, and voila, you’re bookmark is ready!

Image source - Gwinnett County Public Library

Image source – Gwinnett County Public Library

 

Alternate options

If you want to be even more fancy, you can do additional little touch ups to make your bookmark stand out a bit more. Here are some options:

You can write a favorite quote on the marbled background

Image source - The Crafty Gentleman

Image source – The Crafty Gentleman

 

You can cut up the sheet in a different pattern than the standard rectangle

Image source - Pinterest

Image source – Pinterest

 

Happy Reading!

DIY of the Week – Marbled Rocks

Monday, July 30th, 2018

Hi there! What’s a great way to start the week? With a dose of creativity! And in our role as your creative pal, we’re back with another DIY project for you to get your hands on. This week we’re going to make marbled rocks, which you can use as decorative pieces, paperweights, or even just put a bunch of them in a glass bowl to create a cool centerpiece.

So let’s get started, shall we?

 

What you need:

  1. Rocks, ideally white or grey, and as smooth as you can find
  2. Various colors of nail polish (or paint)
  3. Shallow and wide pan or vessel
  4. Water
  5. Disposable gloves
  6. Toothpick or skewer
  7. Newspaper or tarp, to cover your work surface and to dry the rocks
  8. Clear varnish, optional
Image source - Parenting.com

Image source – Parenting.com

 

 

What to do:

Step 1

Find an even-leveled surface (like a table), and lay out your newspaper or tarp. Now take the pan or vessel and fill it with water about halfway. Wash and dry the rocks and keep them ready.

 

Step 2

Take the nail paints, and one by one, start pouring a little in the middle of the water, layering it with another color, then another, as shown in the picture.

Image source – Kiwico

 

Step 3

Now take the toothpick or skewer and, dipping it ever so slightly in the center of the paint pile, drag it to the edge of the paint. You can also make zig-zag patterns or swirls.

Image source - Kiwico

Image source – Kiwico

Image source - Omelto

Image source – Omelto

 

Step 4

Put on the gloves, and then hold the rock and dip it into the paint design, submerging it into the water. Then take the rock out and lay it on the tarp to dry. You can coat the rock with varnish once it dries, and this will help the colors remain strong and fast on the rock.

Image source – Kiwico

 

And there you have it! Your colorful rocks are ready to brighten up any old corner of your house, your desk, even your garden! Hope you have a colorful and enjoyable week!

Image source – YouTube