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This recycled bookmark is a fun back-to-school activity to make with the kids.


  • Scissors
  • Thin, recycled plastic (such as from a clamshell salad container)
  • Photos or magazine clippings
  • Colorful raffia, about 3 yards
  • Double-sided tape
  • Mini hole punch
  • Blunt tapestry needle


  1. Cut two pieces of plastic out of the salad container, each 2 1/2 inches by 9 1/2 inches.
  2. Trim photos or magazine clippings and create a collage on one piece of plastic, using double-sided tape to secure the images.
  3. Put the other piece of plastic on top of the piece with the photos on it.
  4. With the two pieces of plastic aligned on top of each other, hole-punch around all four edges.
  5. Thread raffia through a blunt tapestry needle (with adult supervision).
  6. Starting in the middle hole on the top edge of the bookmark, stitch the edges of the bookmark together using a blanket stitch. (Be sure to leave excess string at the top to make a tassel.)
  7. Once the stitches are complete, knot the two ends together at the top and cut excess string to desired tassel length.



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