This is a fun alternative for a word study, and a great way to teach denotation, connotation, synonyms, antonyms, and the use of specialized vocabulary resources (thesaurus, etymology dictionary, etc). Your students will really begin to grasp that words have their own personalities, which will help you deepen your exploration of author's diction as well.
Download includes: (1) a reproducible handout with instructions for students; (2) a template; and (3) a sample product. I recommend letting students design their own page either on paper or the computer, but if you wanted this to be a quick in-class activity, the pre-made template could be appropriate.
I hope you and your students enjoy this project! Hit me up with any questions.