DIY Three Quick and Easy Bookmarks
Want a bookmark that stands out?
All three of these bookmarks are quick and easy to create. You don't need many materials either! They're an adorable way to personalize your reading experience. You can use these in school textbooks, journals, or just your personal books. They also happen to be an easy gift for your favorite bookworm!
1. Folded Heart Bookmark
What You'll Need:
- Paper: I used scrapbooking paper because it's a little thicker and prettier than regular paper, but any sort will work.
- Cut out a 2"x4" section of your paper. Once you've done that, fold it in half lengthwise and then in half the opposite way.
- The last fold is really just a guide so that you know where the middle is. Take both sides and fold them at a 45-degree angle from where they were. Instead of being horizontal, they should now be vertical. This will create a corner, which makes the bottom of the heart.
- Flip it over and fold the top bits down, and then fold the top four corners over. It should now look like a heart! Take a piece of tape, and then tape the two sides together from the inside. Slide it onto your pages at the top or bottom corner.
2. Yarn Tassel Bookmark
What You'll Need:
- Yarn: I used two different yarn colors: burgundy and white. You'll need at least 2 or 3 feet.
- Long, Narrow Box: This is to create the tassel. I used a 8"x2.5"x1" jewelry box. The bigger your box, the bigger the tassel.
- Cut a piece of yarn about 16" long. Run it along the side of the box. Wrap more yarn around the box, right in the middle. The more you wrap around, the thicker your tassel will be. I wrapped it about 20 times before cutting it.
- When you're satisfied with the thickness, take the two ends of the first string of yarn, and tie a double knot on top of the wrapped yarn.
- Slide the yarn off the box, and cut the bottom off. Make sure the strands are all the same length.
- Take a third piece of yarn (your second color, if you chose one), and wrap it around the tassel around the top. Tie it off and cut the ends.
- Take both ends of the piece of yarn the tassel is hanging from and tie them together. Slide it over the page of a book and let it dangle from the top!
3. Paper Feather Bookmark
What You'll Need:
- Thick Paper: I used cardstock. You'll only need a little bit, as this will be the feather. Use up old scraps!
- Shells or Buttons: This is for weighing down the other side of the bookmark. I had some shells, but buttons work too.
- Needle and Thread
- Trace and cut out a paper feather. You can find feather outlines online or doodle your own. My feathers ranged from about 3-6 inches. Draw the quill a little wider at the bottom and narrow the shape as it approaches the feathery bits. Leave a few barbs stray at the bottom and work your way up the feather. Make sure it's pointy at the top, and you're in good shape!
- Once you've cut a feather out, fold it down the middle. This creates the illusion of the rachis: the middle part of the feather. After that, grab your scissors again and cut some barbs on either side of the rachis in large chunks. Your feather is complete!
- Once you've got your feather ready, cut a piece of ribbon about 8-10" long. Using your needle and thread, sew the end of the feather to one side of the ribbon. Tie a few knots at the end and cut the end of the string off so it doesn't show.
- Grab your shells or buttons and sew them down. These are for weighing down the opposite end of the bookmark. Tie and cut the string as you did with the feather. That's all there is to it!