Add a little excitement to your favorite book with a piranha plant! This nasty plant has been terrorizing Super Mario Bros. players for 30 years, but now it can hide inside your favorite book as well.
What You Need
- Red cardstock
- Light green cardstock
- Dark green cardstock
- White cardstock
- White enamel dots (optional)
- School glue
- Black marker
- Green ribbon
Begin by cutting the light green cardstock into three pieces, two pieces approximately 3 inches long by 1.5 inches wide, and the base 3 inches long and 2.5 inches wide.
Cut 8 small green strips to fit the pipe, with the bottom strips 3 inches long. The right slide strips are slightly wider than the left. (Use this image for reference.)
Trace around the edges of the light green pieces with the black marker on both the front and back.
Next, glue the dark green strips to the front side of the light green pipe shapes. (You can also cut a second set of dark green strips if you want the pipe identical on both sides of the bookmark. You’ll add those later if so.) Allow the glue to dry.
Flip the pipe to the back side. Glue the smaller light green strip on the top of the base to make the pipe shape.
Next, glue the green ribbon to the middle of the top part of the pipe. (Don’t extend the ribbon past the top piece of paper.)
Glue the other small light green rectangle on top of its twin, sandwiching the ribbon in the middle. Allow the glue to dry.
While the glue is drying, use a template to trace two small circles in the red paper. (I used a tealight.)
Cut out one circle, and then cut a small pie shape for the mouth. Cut out the other circle, and use the first circle as a template so that the mouths will align. Cut the pie shape for the other mouth.
Next, use the shapes as a template to draw and cut four lip shapes and two sets of teeth out of the white cardstock.
Glue the teeth to the back side of one circle, then flip it over to glue the white lips. Glue the white lips to the front side of the other red circle. Allow the glue to dry.
Next, glue the green ribbon to the back side of one of the red plant shapes.
Glue the back side of the other red piranha shape to the back, again sandwiching the ribbon in the middle between the two.
Stick the white enamel dots on both sides of the red piranha plant. (You can also use a hole punch to cut small dots from white paper and glue them on, for a cheaper option.)
If you’re adding the other set of dark green stripes, glue those into place on the back of the pipe.
Allow all of the glue to dry completely. Your Piranha Plant bookmark is complete!