Today’s scrap booking tools have changed the way we punch. There are so many shapes and sizes that you can really make just about any design you’d want. Still, there’s a lot of fun to be had for kids and adults alike with a simple hole punch. Hole punch crafts are fun and easy to do. Kids of all ages will enjoy making designs with them! One of our favorite simple hole punch crafts is making bookmarks. It seems like there are always supplies on hand for this type of project. Raid the craft box and the kids’ art supplies to see what you have readily available and have fun creating!
Here’s what we used for these bookmarks:
1 sheet white card stock
1/4 sheet red construction paper
Colored pencils or crayons
Fine tip black pen
For the berry vine bookmark, cut a strip that is 8.5 inches tall by 2 inches wide. Do similar for the tree, but add a circle shape for the tree top. You can cut this shape separately and glue it in place, or incorporate the circle into the top of the bookmark so it’s all one piece like we did.
Next, punch holes from the construction paper. The more, the merrier! Older kids enjoy punching. Use supervision for younger children to ensure they do not cut their fingers, clothing, your tablecloth, etc.
For the tree bookmark, color the tree top green. Lightly color the trunk with brown crayon or colored pencil. Rub a red dot across the glue stick then adhere to the tree top. Ta-da! You’ve made an apple! Repeat until you have the desired number of apples on your tree. Write a motto on the trunk if you’d like. We chose “A book a day keeps the boredom away.”
To make the berry vine bookmark, start by randomly gluing red dots on the straight bookmark card. Next, use the black fine tip pen to make dots on the berries. Use the green marker to add the “caps” on the top of each berry. Are they starting to look like strawberries yet?
Draw vines connecting the berries, and add a few plain vines for extra swirls. Once your vines are drawn, draw simple leaves all over the vines. These “leaves” are as simple as coloring green ovals or dots all along the winding vine.
Use lots of other colors to experiment with the designs you can make from simple circles. Some ideas include flowers, grapes, melons, lemons or limes, oranges, tomatoes, or coconuts. Think outside the realm of plants for other ideas. You could draw on a tiny beak and eyes to make a cute bird. Cut a circle in half to make a wing. Or, use the circles as mosaic tiles and create any design you’d like! In addition to making bookmarks, you can make greeting cards using the same principles!