Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sea-themed bookmarks

You know those days when you're fishing but all you seem to catch is algae? Frustrating, but instead of throwing all that green goodness back, save some for this little craft!

Algae Bookmarks

algal crab love

You will need:
watercolor paper
extra paper, a couple cloths, and heavy books
shipping tape (or a laminator if you're fancy)

1. Cut your watercolor paper to size, then submerge in water (this makes it easier to manipulate the algae)

2. Arrange the algae on your paper (tweezers help with intricate designs)

it took a little finagling to get the "Z" just right

and see how the crab has green eyes, just like an opie!?!

3. Place bookmarks between cloths to dry, protecting the algae design with your extra paper, and keeping everything flat with the weight of your heavy books

4. Once dry (maybe 1 - 2 days depending on whether or not you live in a temperate rain forest), laminate and enjoy!

these were made at NOAA as examples for
Sea Week and Discovery Southeast activities 

more examples - see my little crab?

Let me know what kind of designs you come up with!

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