Hi there! Dani here again with this month’s craft project. This time, I’m sharing something from my childhood.
When I was in primary school, we used to have water balloon fights every day during the lunch period. As you can imagine, our teachers weren’t all that impressed with this arrangement. Our balloons were regularly confiscated, which meant we had to be a little more inventive. One day, I discovered you can make water ‘balloons’ out of paper! This served our purpose temporarily and it also started my love affair with origami.
While origami water balloons were awesome, my other favourite thing to make was little paper hearts. I would make hundreds of them with scraps of paper during classes (you know, instead of paying attention). I was also a bit of a book worm, so when I discovered that they could also be used as page markers, I was thrilled!
Making one takes about 5 minutes and is a nifty way to mark your page in your favourite book. I even give them as additional goodies when I gift books to friends and family!
Here’s how you make a heart-shaped bookmark that will slip onto page corners; you’ll need some coloured/patterned craft paper (or origami paper).
1. Cut a piece of coloured/patterned paper into a 12cm x 6cm (or roughly 5″ x 2.5”) rectangle.
2. Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise, with the coloured/patterned side on the outside.
3. Fold in half width wise to create a centre crease and open again.
4. Fold one side up at a 45 degree angle, so that the edge aligns with the centre crease. Repeat with the other side.
5. Turn the paper over and fold the tops down approximately 1/3 of each side. Fold in the corners of each side to form a heart shape.
6. This step isn’t mandatory, but I found it helps to keep the bookmark in its shape; place a small piece of tape down the centre line of the heart (from the inside) and across the last folds to keep the shape secure.
Now slide the heart over the corner of your book page (using the little ‘pocket’ that you’ve created at the back of the heart). Never worry about losing your page again!
Dani (DIY Craft contributor)
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