Almost Free Earth Day Bookmarks

Just in case- Earth Day is April 22nd.  We have celebrated this a few years now. :) And we try to recycle things or make it out of free things etc.

I love blue and green together. Of course that reminds me of the Earth as well. Using Paint swatches from my local home improvement store. Chad picked up some beautiful colors for me on his last trip there.

Yes– I know- as a crafty mom- I should like those kind of stores right?? WRONG! They make me jittery for some reason. Maybe it is just because when I go with Chad – he is like a kid in the candy store. Can’t make a quick decision. I like to get IN and OUT. :) Maybe I should try shopping there alone!?! HA!

I used (2) Punches. A 2 inch circle and a 2 1/2 inch circle.

Cut out the center parts of the paint chip/swatches.


Then I took my 2 inch punch and made holes at the bottom of each swatch.


Using 2 other green/blue swatches I cut out 2 1/2 inch circles.


I then taped the 2 1/2 inch circles on the back of the book marks. Alternating colors so that I got the earthy feel.


I punched a single hole on the top of each of my book marks. And added ribbon to the end. I used 3/8 inch ribbon on the top of each of my book marks.


And that’s its. Pretty much free. As I had the ribbon on hand in my scrap ribbon pile. :) My son LOVES to read. He is currently finishing up the Harry Potter series and wanted a book mark that would not damage the book like the clip book marks do, and I didn’t want to buy him one that he could lose or tear up. Now I don’t have to worry and it was earth friendly-recycling :) One for him and one for me!

HAPPY EARTH DAY!!







10 Responses to Almost Free Earth Day Bookmarks
  1. Judy
    April 5, 2011 | 10:13 am

    How perfectly simple yet colorful and fun! What a great way to teach your kids to recycle and value the beautiful world around them.

    I’m hosting two giveaways and would love it if you stopped by! You can win an organic onesie or a make your own book kit.

  2. Celeste
    April 8, 2011 | 1:37 pm

    Very cool and even kinda modern art! I’ll have to do these for my students. Thanks for the idea! :)

  3. Stephanie
    April 15, 2011 | 8:00 pm

    I love this! I will be featuring it on somewhatsimple.com next Tuesday! Thanks for the great idea!

  4. Earth Day Activities - Somewhat Simple
    April 19, 2011 | 2:01 am

    [...] Paint Chip Sample Bookmark [...]

  5. Annie
    April 18, 2012 | 1:08 pm

    Love the bookmark! I’m a (real)book reader and could use one of those.

    : )

  6. Holly McLean
    April 18, 2012 | 3:45 pm

    Very pretty! I’ve made gift tags with them too. One should only use the if recycled though. I hope no one goes collecting them for that purpose.

  7. Sally
    April 18, 2012 | 5:16 pm

    You always select the greatest ideas! This one is great (and I love the colors).

  8. joey pack
    April 18, 2012 | 7:09 pm

    What a perfect way to use old paint sample sheets! Thank you.

  9. Heather
    April 19, 2012 | 6:49 am

    What a great use for paint chips. Now maybe I won’t feel so guilty about scooping up those pretty colors when I am in the big box stores!

  10. Kathie L
    April 19, 2012 | 7:31 am

    I have many of these left from recent redecorating, and they are in my favorite colors. Great idea. Kathie L in Allentown

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