Hey y’all! Katie and I decided to make some crafts inspired by Wilder Girls, so here you go! We hope you enjoy!
The first craft is a Raxter Iris bookmark! This craft was inspired by this picture:
And this is the final product:
I was inspired to make this after seeing that terrifying but amazing picture of Byatt! I think that the Raxter Irises are so pretty and I love the idea that when they die, they turn from blue to black. How cool is that? But what’s even cooler is that all the Raxter Girls experience the same thing! Rory Power is a genius! Anywho, I hope y’all have fun!
- All the pieces of the template, which you can print and cut out. I will attach a picture of it below! (The picture above doesn’t include all the pieces—just ignore that please! 😋)
- A black fine-tip marker
- Cardstock in colors dark blue, black, any skin-tone you would like, and yellow
- A glue stick
- Blue embroidery thread
- A hot glue gun
- A pair of scissors
- A pencil
1. Trace/cut! The first step is to trace the template onto the different colors of cardstock using your pencil. Then, use your scissors to cut them out! I also cut out two small oval-shaped blobs using the yellow cardstock! You should have this when you are done:
2. Glue! Using your glue stick, glue the part of the hand you cut out in black card-stock onto the larger, skin-colored hand piece. Try to line them up to each other as best as you can! Then, glue the pieces of the iris together! The template has arrows to help guide you when piecing it together, but you can always wing it—flowers aren’t perfect anyway! Just glue the petals on top or below the center piece, which is shown in the template. After that, glue the yellow blobs and the black petal tips onto the blue iris! Make sure you glue the black petal tips onto the correct blue petals so they fit perfectly! You should have this when you are done:
3. Detailing! If you look at the template, you can see that there are lines that are highlighted in yellow. Using your black fine-tip marker, copy those line onto the hand. After that, draw along the borders between different petals. I’m not sure if that made any sense, but the picture should help! This is what you should have you are done:
4. Attach the thread! Yay, you are almost done! The final step is to cut about eight and a half inches of blue embroidery thread. Then, using your hot glue gun, glue the thread to the back of the hand (near the top) and the back of the iris (near the bottom). It should like this when you are done:
And there you have it! Your very own, Raxter Iris bookmark! To use it, place the hand on the page you want to mark. Then, hold the thread above the book and close it. After that, let it go so you can only see the iris! There are pictures below to help y’all! I’m sorry, I’m not the best at explaining things!
I hope you enjoyed! Now onto the next craft!
The second craft are journals/notebooks inspired by the novel!
This is the final product:
I dare assume that the great outdoors surrounding your home probably doesn’t resemble the forest around Raxter School For Girls (unless you live at Hogwarts). If this is your case, (I’m sorry you don’t live at Hogwarts) having a nature journal is a MUST-HAVE for summer!
The purpose of a nature journal is to feel inspired by going outdoors or to make observations about the world around you. Nothing gives you more inspiration than a fresh breeze, grass between your toes, or the scent of spring flowers. Just being outside gives you endless inspiration for stories, art, and observations.
If leaving your laptop or putting down your book to go outside isn’t for you, your writing doesn’t have to be about nature. Feel free to take this theme about finding beauty around you and run with it!
Making a Nature/Summer Journal is super easy! They are totally customizable as well! I’m going to show you the 2 ways I used to inspire you to create your own!
These are the materials you will need:
- Either a notebook, sketchbook, or journal
- Scrapbook paper
- Old magazine or pictures
First, find an old empty notebook, sketchbook, or journal to recycle. If you don’t have any lying around you can use the cover we make and glue it to a binder or folder.
To make the base of your Nature Journal take your favorite scrapbook paper and glue it to the cover. From here, you can really add anything else you desire.
If you want to make your notebook Wilder Girls themed, add different scrapbook papers, pictures from magazines, or make your own decorations.
To make my decorations, I dry brushed scrap pieces of black and brown paper. I also added a pressed leaf to give stronger “nature vibes.” Be creative with this part and experiment with placement and color to make an aesthetic cover.
On the bottom of the cover, I drew the irises from the book and freely dry brushed them with blue and green paint.
Then I took black paint and painted the top of the cover to represent the Tox coming to the irises.
I copied the font from the cover of the book to write Wilder Girls on the center of the journal. If yours is off center, cut out and paint a piece of scrap paper like a tree to give balance.
Add doodles like stars to the cover to add your own personal touch.
And… you’re done!
Below I have listed some prompts to get you started in your Summer Nature Journal!
- Write about a magical creature that lives in your backyard.
- Draw a plant from a bug’s point of view.
- Write small observations you make. What animals live in your yard? How loud is it outside?
- Draw a person and use leaves, rocks, or anything in your backyard to dress it.
- I hope you enjoyed this project!
We hope you had fun reading this post! These crafts are especially perfect for if you are quarantined and bored at home. Please leave a comment below if you have any suggestions on books that you would like to see crafts on! Also, if you decide to do any of these projects, then send us a picture! We would love to see your final products! Stay safe and thank you so much for reading!
❤️—Rishika and Katie