Monster Bookmarks

Never lose your place again with these roaringly good monster bookmarks – you’ll soon have one for every title on your shelf!

Skill Level

Advanced

Time to Make

1 hour (including baking time)

Adult Supervision Needed

Yes

How to Make

  1. Using the template provided, take a sheet of shrink plastic and lay it centrally over the template with the rough side facing upwards. Trace the shape onto the plastic using pen.
  2. Using the picture as a guide, draw on the monster facial features such as a single eyeball and pointed teeth, then colour in the background and details with acrylic paint pen in the shades of your choice. Cut the monster shape out with scissors or a craft knife.
  3. Punch a hole in the top of this monster, making sure it’s in the centre, as shown, then put it to one side. Take the template and another sheet of shrink plastic and trace a second monster shape.
  4. Draw on different facial features using the picture as a guide, or get creative and draw up your own scary character! Colour in the details and the background - then cut out carefully and punch a hole in the bottom of this monster, in the middle, as shown.
  5. Bake in an oven or use a heat tool to shrink, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Leave to cool. Once cool, cut a length of narrow satin ribbon slightly longer than the height of a standard book. Tie the top end of the ribbon through the bottom hole of one of the monsters, and the bottom end of the ribbon through the top hole of the second monster. Knot to secure and trim any excess.

Top Tip

If your shrink plastic doesn’t lay totally flat once it’s been shrunk down and heated, you can always put it back in the oven to soften and flatten again - you can do this as many times as you need to but make sure you always leave it tool before handling.

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