How to Make Wire Bookmarks: A DIY Craft

Updated on May 16, 2018
Wire bookmarks are almost like paper clips for books with a little extra design and style.
Wire bookmarks are almost like paper clips for books with a little extra design and style.

Wire Bookmarks Are Easy to Make!

You can learn how to make wire bookmarks with this guide. They are a fun and easy craft project that don't take any complicated tools or special knowledge. If you already know how to make wire bookmarks, you might be able to pick up some tips.

These wire bookmarks are functional, easy to make, and inexpensive. I created these for my wife as a gift. The bookmarks make a great gift for anyone who still likes to read old-fashioned books. Customize them to your own ideas. Each one will cost you just a few cents to make. All you need is wire and needle-nose pliers.

A roll of wire and needle nose pliers from a hardware store
A roll of wire and needle nose pliers from a hardware store

What You'll Need

  • Roll of Wire
  • Needle-Nose Pliers

How to Make Wire Bookmarks

  1. Cut a piece of wire about 10 inches long with your needle-nose pliers.
  2. Pinch one end with the tip of the pliers. Twist the wire around the end of the closed pliers.
  3. Once you made a few good twists around the pliers, pull them out and flatten the wire twist to turn it into a spiral.
  4. Repeat the process at the other end of the wire. Flatten it down, and make it perpendicular to the first. This is so that one spiral will be inside the book and one will rest on the outside of the book’s spine. To get a neat effect, you can hammer the wire flat.
  5. Grab a book and wrap the straight part over the top and down the spine. It is a good idea to put less of a pattern on the outside of the book spine and more pattern inside the book. This helps balance the bookmark as it naturally hangs on the page it is marking.

Twist the wire around the pliers.
Twist the wire around the pliers.

How to Perfect a Wire Spiral

Wire Bookmark Designs

The bookmarks stay in books well because they are basically clips that run down the spine. You can make the design as elaborate as you want by twisting it in different directions. You can give the outside part some 3-D effects, attach beads, or paint them. There are many ways to customize this project. Let me know if you try this and come up with new ideas!

Design Options

Wire Materials
Painted Colors
Laminated Pictures
These are a few options to think about when planning your wire bookmark project. Make it personalized. Keep in mind who you are making it for, and do something the person will like.
Two Simple Wire Bookmarks
Two Simple Wire Bookmarks

What Are the Benefits of Wire Bookmarks?

Wire bookmarks have some advantages over other types of bookmarks that are made out of cardboard, paper, or even plastic.

  • Durable: Wire is extremely strong and durable when compared to other materials that you might use to keep your page in a good book.
  • Stylish: Wire bookmarks look better than plain paper clips and can be taken out of the book.
  • Fun to Make: Wire is fun to work because of the bending and ability to get creative with a simple material.
  • Inexpensive: If wire is bought at a department store from a hardware department, a large amount can be bought at once.

Wire Bookmark in a Book
Wire Bookmark in a Book

Wire Bookmarks as Gifts

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      8 months ago

      What size wire do you use?

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      Donna Herron 

      6 years ago from USA

      This is a great idea! Much better than the array of receipts, scraps of paper, and shopping lists that I have stuffed in books to hold my place :)

      I'm definitely going to make a few of these. Thanks for a great project that will make my book shelves and bedside table look a lot prettier and neater! Great gift idea too!

    • Blake Flannery profile imageAUTHOR

      Blake Flannery 

      6 years ago from United States


      I would think that it is possible that a wire bookmark could damage a book. I don't suggest using any kind of bookmark for any collector books or value.

      If you hammer the wire flat, you may make it less likely to damage a book.

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      6 years ago

      Will wire bookmarkers left in a book for a long time damage the book?

    • Blake Flannery profile imageAUTHOR

      Blake Flannery 

      7 years ago from United States

      @vespawoolf. hammering these flat is a great idea. It will add another level of craftsmanship and avenue to show creativity.

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      Vespa Woolf 

      7 years ago from Peru, South America

      This Hub caught my eye! I really like the flexible creativity of using wire to make bookmarks and I plan to try hammering the wire flat. Thanks!

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      His princesz 

      7 years ago

      I love them! I'm gonna make some for giveaways. THanks Blake!

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      9 years ago

      I used the pattern idea...but used recycled copper wire which I hammered after to give it texture.

    • Trsmd profile image


      11 years ago from India

      You can use glass beads for a more elegant look.


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