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Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I'm so glad you're here. I am always inspired every week by the projects and recipes shared here at the party. I'm excited to have you here and welcome to everyone who's new!! I really appreciate everyone who linked up last party and I look forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week.

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It's always so hard to narrow down features, but here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party Features at artsyfartsymama.com

Grilled BBQ Pork Chops with Pineapple Salsa by Homemade Hooplah
How To Glaze Cabinets by Diva of DIY
Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Shooters by Pink When
DIY Bubble Refill Station With Free Printable Signs & Homemade Bubble Recipe by Must Have Mom
How to Make Puffy Paint by One Little Project
2 Ingredient Copy Cat Costco Berry Smoothie by Tastefully Frugal
Pressed Penny Jewelry by A Disney Mom
Buffalo Chicken Quesadilla by Dad What's for Dinner

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Link up your awesome crafts, DIYs, and recipes to share!

A few guidelines:
  • The party starts every Thursday at 12:00am MST
  • Link as many posts as you'd like! Make sure they are a specific post (not your homepage)
  • All craft, recipe, beauty, and DIY posts welcome. No shops or link parties, please.
  • Visit at least 3 other links and leave some comments (because we all love comments!)

Please grab a button and share the party with your friends!!

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Free Printable Roald Dahl Bookmarks

My daughter and I love reading. We love reading on our own, and especially love reading together. One of our favorite authors is Roald Dahl, and we've been working through reading all of his books. We recently finished Matilda, and one of my favorite things about this book is Matilda's love of wonderful books and reading, along with the clever shenanigans! 

Free Printable Roald Dahl Bookmarks and DIY Mini Tassel Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

I'm joining up with some other bloggers this week to share some fun and inexpensive kids crafts all themed around books and reading. I'm very excited to share some fun, and FREE printable bookmarks all based on Roald Dahl books (including Matilda, of course) with all of you! And just for fun, I'm also sharing a super easy tutorial to make mini tassels to attach to your bookmarks if you wish!

Free Printable Roald Dahl Bookmarks and DIY Mini Tassel Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Once the bookmarks have been printed and cut out, you'll need some thread. Any kind will do. We used Rainbow Friendship Thread from Craft Project Ideas. The colors are fun, easy to work with, and is super affordable!

Free Printable Roald Dahl Bookmarks and DIY Mini Tassel Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Take a hole punch (any size) and punch a hole in the top center of the bookmark. It doesn't have to be perfect. You can enforce the hole with a piece of tape or laminate the bookmarks for extra overall strength.

Free Printable Roald Dahl Bookmarks and DIY Mini Tassel Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Now it's time to start making a bookmark tassel! Choose a skein of thread in a coordinating color with the bookmark. Get creative. You can even mix colors if you're feeling extra crafty!

DIY Mini Tassel Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Use a scrap piece of cardstock (or use an extra bookmark) about 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide. Hold the end of the thread at one edge of the cardstock and wrap it around (not too tight) about 15-20 times. Keep about 3 inches extra and cut. Hold the thread in the center and carefully remove from the cardstock by gently pulling it off.

DIY Mini Tassel Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Fold the extra thread at the bottom of the tassel and start to wrap it around about 1/3 of the way down (picture 1). Wrap it tightly around the tassel and tie a knot and tuck in the end, or glue the end down with some super glue (picture 2). Carefully slide one side of some sharp scissors through the bottom loops of the tassel and cut (picture 3).

DIY Mini Tassel Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Now your tassels are complete! You can trim the bottom of the tassels to even out the ends and/or shorten them. You might notice that the green tassel looks chunkier than the other two. Instead of wrapping the thread 15 times (like the pink and blue), I wrapped the green one about 30 times and trimmed it shorter than the others for a different look.

I'll warn you though, after you finish your first one it's kind of addicting to keep making more!

Free Printable Roald Dahl Bookmarks and DIY Mini Tassel Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Decide how long you want your string from the bookmark to the tassel. You can easily eyeball this, or get out a ruler if that makes you more comfortable. Cut a piece of thread double the length, and then fold it in half. Push the fold up through the hole in the bookmark. Then, thread the two loose ends through the loop/fold and pull through. Now the string is attached to your bookmark and you're ready to add the tassel!

If you don't want to add tassels, you could also use multiple threads. Just cut them the length you want, and loop through and leave just like this.

DIY Mini Tassel Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

To attach the tassel, you'll need a needle. Thread one open end through the needle (picture 1). Then, carefully pull the needle through the top loops of the tassel. Even though it's hard to see, try your best to get through each loop (picture 2). Once the needle is through the other end, pull the open thread all the way through. Remove the needle, and tie the open ends together in at least 3 tight knots (picture 3). Tug on them a little to make sure your knot doesn't slip! Move the tassel around until the knot is covered in the center of the tassel.

Free Printable Roald Dahl Bookmarks and DIY Mini Tassel Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Now the tassels are attached and your bookmarks are ready to use!! You can get creative with your thread colors, or use ribbons instead for a different look. Don't be afraid to get creative!

Free Printable Roald Dahl Bookmarks and DIY Mini Tassel Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

These bookmarks are a fun (and affordable) kids craft that will hopefully also get them excited for reading. My daughter is loving using her new bookmarks, and wants to make more to give away to her friends as gifts! You could really get creative with gifts and pair a bookmark with a Roald Dahl book, and add in a few Wonka goodies!!

Free Printable Roald Dahl Bookmarks at artsyfartsymama.com

All five of the Matilda bookmark designs have a quote from the book by Roald Dahl, with illustrations by Quentin Blake.

Free Printable Roald Dahl Bookmarks at artsyfartsymama.com

All five of the Roald Dahl bookmark designs have a quote from the books by Roald Dahl, with illustrations by Quentin Blake. The name of each book is on the bookmark.

Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
*If you share this on the internet, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama
   and linked back to this post.
* For best results, print bookmarks on cardstock and laminate.


For more fun book crafts for kids, check out the other projects below:


3 Ingredient Ranch Pretzels

Whether you're looking for a simple snack in the afternoon, or want to impress your friends with something delicious, these ranch pretzels are a must have. With only 3 ingredients and the tiniest amount of work, you can have warm ranch pretzels ready for any occasion in minutes.

Easy 3 Ingredient Ranch Pretzels at artsyfartsymama.com

Ingredients:
15 oz pretzels (either twists and/or sticks work great)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 oz package Ranch dressing mix

Directions:
  1. In a small mixing bowl or cup, mix oil and ranch dressing mix together well.
  2. Pour pretzels into a large mixing bowl. Pour ranch and oil mixture over the pretzels and combine with a large spoon until all the pretzels are covered. Let sit for 30 minutes - 1 hour, stirring the pretzels every 10-15 minutes.
  3. Pour pretzels onto a baking sheet and bake at 275ยบ for 20 minutes.
  4. Let cool, then store pretzels in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.

These really are that simple! With a little help from an adult, this is also a fun recipe for kids to help with. My daughter loves helping me make (and eat) them. These pretzels are also fun to give as a tasty gift!!


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