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Dad, You’re Out of this World – Watercolor Bookmarks

This father’s day, dad will need a trusty bookmark to help hold his book’s spot. So we’re crafting -You’re Out of this World- Watercolor Bookmarks with crayons and watercolor to give them an out-of-this-world look!

Space Watercoloring Bookmark Craft

For our Outer Space Bookmarks craft, it was inspired by the children’s book series of Ricky Ricotta’s Might Robot by Dav Pilkey, knowing Dad can read these with the kids! My son has read most of the Ricky Ricotta’s books and loves them! And now my daughter is on her way through the series. Each book is a new adventure throughout the galaxy – fun for the whole family.

Space Bookmark for Ricky Ricotta's Might Robot Book

Watercolor Outer Space Bookmarks


  • watercolors and paint brush
  • watercolor paper
  • scissors or paper cutter
  • crayons
  • hole punch
  • ribbon

Watercolor Bookmark Supplies

1. Cut your watercolor paper to size. To have enough room to color and paint, we made our bookmarks 3×6 inches.

Cutting Watercolor Paper for Bookmarks

2. With crayons, color your bookmark. You can color any sort of fun spacey shapes you want; planets, suns, stars, aliens, moons, or rocket ships!

Coloring Watercolor Bookmarks

3. Set up your painting station: newspaper or paper towel, cup of water, watercolor paints and paintbrush. TIP: be sure to have something under your bookmark, as the paint will drip over the edge.

Begin to paint with very watery black paint. You can use any color of paint you’d like, but the black makes for a dark space scene. Make sure you paint all over the bookmark, covering the paper completely with paint. You’ll see that the watercolor doesn’t cover the crayons, creating a resist look.

Watercoloring Bookmarks

4. Let your bookmark dry. It shouldn’t take too long. Then punch a hole in the top center of the bookmark for the ribbon. NOTE: this step is optional if you’d like to add a ribbon for a fun look or keep it as is.

Making Watercolor Bookmarks

5. Thread a 3-4 inch ribbon through the punched hole and tie it at the top.

Watercolor Space Bookmark Craft for Kids

Now it’s ready to save your place as you snuggle up to your favorite book and your outer space bookmarks!

*Thanks to Scholastic for sponsoring this post. 

**Originally posted 9/19/14

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