Colourful chalk marker bookmarks beside some books


For The Dad Who’s Always Reading: Simple And Colourful Chalk Marker Bookmarks

Jun 13, 2018

Kids of all ages will have fun decorating these chalk marker bookmarks. They’re great to give for Father’s Day or to make and trade with friends!

Colourful chalk marker bookmarks

Just when we thought we’d tried every art supply out there, we discovered something new! Well, new to us anyway. The hooligans and I have been experimenting with liquid chalk markers lately, and boy, are they fun!

Did you see the chalk rock paperweights we made recently? They were fun and easy to make, and turned out so pretty that we’ve been using our chalk markers for all sorts of things ever since.

Pile of chalk markers

Chalk markers are really cool because you can colour on almost any surface with them. They work particularly well on whiteboards, glass and metal, but you can use them on plastic, tile and cardboard, too. And, to our delight, we discovered they also work well on wood.

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We tried them out on these jumbo craft sticks to make bookmarks, and the results were great! The kids loved the creative process of designing and decorating their bookmarks and they ended up making a whole bunch so they could give them away to friends. I know a few of the kids are planning to give them as little Father’s Day gifts as well.

Colouring in a bookmark with a chalk marker

This project is super easy, so if your kids are looking for a last-minute Father’s Day craft, or just looking for something fun and easy to make and trade with friends, they’ll love this.

What You'll Need

  • liquid chalk markers
  • jumbo craft sticks (also known as popsicle sticks)

Your kids can plan out their designs or just make them up as they go.

A bookmark with a red swirl drawn on it

We made all kinds of designs — dots, stripes, bands and blocks of colour.

Chalk markers are much more vibrant than regular chalk, and you can layer the colours up too. You’ll just want to make sure your ink is dry before adding another colour on top.

A little girl holding up a colourful chalk marker bookmark

And the great thing about a project like this is that it's perfect for all ages. Older kids can create detailed designs but young children can simply scribble, draw and colour on their bookmarks.

Colourful chalk marker bookmarks beside some books

Aren’t they pretty?

Just in time for Father's Day, or for trading with friends.

Article Author Jackie Currie
Jackie Currie

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Jackie Currie is a mother, daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind the blog Happy Hooligans. A self-proclaimed glitterphobe, she specializes in easy, affordable arts & crafts and good, old-fashioned play.

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