Shark Week kicks off Sunday and if you are looking for a fun craft to make with the kids, make this Origami Shark Bookmark!
While some sharks can be absolutely terrifying, other sharks can be totally cute and harmless “Hello, my name is Bruce!”. Yes I just quoted Bruce from Finding Nemo! Plus if you make this bookmark with your kids, you can have them name their shark and then there you go, another friendly and harmless shark you know!
I made this a bookmark because I thought “Hey, it’s summer and us parents are supposed to encourage reading. What better way than with an adorable bookmark your kids can make themselves?”
So I made this…
Supplies You Need to Make an Origami Shark Bookmark:
- Origami Paper (the 6 inch x 6 inch size)
- White Cardstock
- Craft Glue (the clear drying kind)
- Googly Eyes
How to Make an Origami Shark Bookmark:
- Choose the color of the shark you want to make. I chose a light blue.
- Turn your square origami paper diagonally and fold over so each corner is touching each other. Forming a large triangle (see box 2 below).
- Take the two pointed sizes and fold them up to form another smaller triangle (see box 3 below).
- Open up the two sides you just folded and take the top piece of paper and fold it down until it touches the point at the bottom. (see box 4 below)
- Take the two sides and fold them into the pocket you created in step 4. (see box 5)
- Turn the entire paper upside down and you will have your basic shape finished.
- It’s time to decorate! First start by cutting out teeth using your scissors and white cardstock. Then cut out a triangle for the mouth using another sheet of origami paper. I used a light pink.
- Glue the teeth onto the inside of your face. This is also the time to glue on your googly eyes and mouth piece.
- All that is left to do is cut out a few triangles for the fins. Glue these on and you are done with your Origami Shark Bookmark!
When you are all said and done, it should look something like this…
Next time your kids are reading and need to take a break, have them place their Origami Shark over the page as a bookmark. He gives the look like he is biting into the pages! So adorable!
Looking for another fun Shark Week idea? Check out this Shark Infested Water Recipe!