Heart cage bookmark: step-by-step instructions

Μaria Chatzi, author of the ebook “Ο magikos kirios Kolotoumpas grafei istories”, shares with us step-by-step instructions to create our own heart cage bookmark, inspired by the fairy-tale “To aspro klouvi sto schima tis kardias” by Giorgos Grigorakis!

What about the materials?

- a piece of thick craft paper, color: red, dimensions: 8,5cm x 10cm
- another piece of thick craft paper, color: red, dimensions: 8cm x 8cm 
- several scraps of white paper
- markers, colors: green, yellow, light blue, orange, red, black
- a white satin ribbon, 18cm long
- pencil
- scissors
- glue


1. On one of the white paper scraps, draw a little bird with your pencil and color it with your markers. Cut it out and glue it onto the 8,5cm x 10cm red craft paper.
2. Cut very thin strips of white paper and glue them on the red craft paper where you just glued the birdie, hiding part of the bird’s body,  as it would show behind prison bars. See picture 1.
3. To continue, fold another white paper in half and cut out a half heart shape. Cut out the inside of the heart shape (you won’t need this), so as to be left with a heart frame, like the one you see in picture 2.
4. Now, glue the white heart frame on the bars the bird is behind. After that, cut around the heart cage with your scissors, as shown in picture 3.
5. Take your white satin ribbon and make dove-tail ends with your scissors. Finally, glue the heart cage with the bird on the ribbon. See picture 4.

Your heart cage bookmark is ready!

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4

Author Biography

Maria Chatzi has graduated from the department of English Language and Literature of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and has worked as a teacher of English. She is also a self-taught artist, she designs crafts for kids and adults, jewelry and other home décor items. She’s been a creativity enthusiast for over fifteen years now. She writes articles and activities on Creative Writing and Craft projects, offline and online.

She spends a great deal of her time volunteering for public libraries in Thessaloniki, where she offers creative courses, mainly creative writing and crafts for kids. She also teaches jewelry making and various techniques for crafting with recycled materials.

Both her contribution to public libraries and the publication of this mini ebook, with a Creative Commons License, are an offer of free services for the common good in the local community and an effort to promote Creativity.

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