People get a kick out of this little bead-craft bookmark that looks like a worm – a bookworm, that is! It is about the simplest craft you can make, and is really fun to give away with a book. You can make these crafts with seniors or with kids too, they’re so easy. Kids also like to get them as gifts.
These are really basic, large beads. But you can also use the “decorator” fancy beads like you find in a good craft store or bead shop. Putting two or three of those in the book worm makes a big difference – and especially if you are giving it to someone else.
Here’s what you will need to make this
(You can get most of this from a craft store if you don’t have it around).
About 8 large sized beads – they can be different sizes.
A 12 inch or longer cord (leather, or a corded shoestring works, or a nice metallic looking cord)
2 wiggly eyes (at a craft store)
A strong craft glue or glue gun
A small pom-pom for the nose
Sharpie marker to draw the face with (be sure the marker you use is waterproof.)
Knot the piece of cord on one end, then string on the beads. It’s fun to let them slide around. But if you want the head to stay put and in place, then tie a knot to keep it from sliding. Keep enough cord coming out of the top of the head so you can loop it back into the bead hole.
Put a little craft glue like Tacky Glue in the hole to keep it in place. Glue gun on the wiggly eyes and the nose (or use another strong glue), then draw on the smiley face.
That’s it! It’s very simple to make. You can also try making funny faces with wiggly or cockeyed smiles, or lopsided eyes, if you are any good at drawing cartoon type faces.
Editor’s Note: Be sure to also see Mouse Bookmark Craft.