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Considering the bewildering and sometimes downright horrible variety of things that have been found hidden between the pages of a book, bookmarks are an absolute necessity in the lives of readers. Even if you’re theoretically okay with dog-eared pages and cracked thorns, sometimes it’s a reflex to grab the first thing you can get your hands on and slip it between the pages of the book you’re reading. to mark your place. You can never have enough bookmarks, they are one of the easiest things to lose and as essential to intergalactic travel for bookish people as towels and the right guidebook. So, we’ve handpicked the best DIY bookmark ideas for you so that you can replenish your stock and have something for every bookish mood.
The projects we have here are quick and cheap (most are free!) They would make great, thoughtful, and spontaneous gift options for other book lovers – and in the midst of the havoc the pandemic has wreaked on our lives. daily, your special reading friends deserve an impromptu gift. Many of these DIY bookmark ideas are simple and useful recycling projects for the things you have around the house. So let’s go. Have a good DIY!
Origami Corner Bookmarks
These are super easy to do, and we’ve got the full guide here! These can be turned into cute woodland animals, dragons, and unicorns – the possibilities are endless. Take it to the next level by folding these colorful butterfly corner bookmarks from Red Ted Art.
DIY Fabric Corner Bookmarks
I recently got into sewing which is super fascinating but also leads to mountains of fabric scraps even when the fabric is cut with explicit attention to waste reduction. Making corner bookmarks is my favorite way to use the little pieces of fabric that are too small for masks and scrunchies. This is a great project for recycling weird pieces of fabric you might have lying around, and you can have fun finding patterns and colors that work together. Crafty Staci has a tutorial for you.
DIY Embroidered Bookmark
Add a touch of whimsy to a fabric bookmark with embroidered flourishes or cross stitch artwork. Here is a set of cute cross stitch patterns from Etsy to get you started. $ 7 for the set of four models, available in PDF.
Pressed flower bookmarks
Preserve a little nature between the pages of your favorite books by making pressed flower bookmarks. We tried it here!
DIY Decoupage Cardboard Bookmarks
Recycle pieces of cardboard to create decoupage bookmarks. You can even use old scraps from old newspapers and pages from books for a unique literary look. How cool are these bird bookmarks made from cereal boxes! Find the full tutorial at Craftideas.info.
On a related note, here’s a great bookmark kit from Etsy that includes vintage stamps that would be perfect for historical travel and adventure stories. The complete kit is for $ 10.00.
Cute Felt Animal Bookmarks
Felt, yarn, googly eyes optional, and you can make the cutest reading companions. The little readers in your life will love this. Gluesticks Blog has a tutorial and adorable free templates.
DIY crochet bookmarks
I love doing things and always try new crafts, but I have always been intimidated by knitting and crochet. Bookmarks seem to be a good place to start. Maybe by using this cute cloud bookmark crochet pattern from Etsy which costs $ 3.61. Want more? We’ve curated cute and easy DIY crochet bookmark ideas here and here.
Take a paperclip, tie a cute trinket on top for a quick and easy bookmark. Embellishment can be a lot of things – buttons, fabric flowers, felt shapes, beads, ribbons, bows, googly eyes or pom poms, to name a few. Here is a tutorial from Positively Splendid to inspire you.
DIY wire bookmarks
Bend the crafting wire using basic tools into interesting shapes to create whimsical wireframe bookmarks. Here is a video tutorial to show you how:
Cool origami bookmarks
I probably could have written this whole article talking about my favorite origami artist, Jo Nakashima, and showing you all the bookmarks I have created from his designs. But, not to get carried away, I’ll just leave the video tutorial for his origami crane bookmark here. You can discover more of his creations on his YouTube channel. It has a playlist just for bookmark designs. If you are new to origami, I suggest you start with the heart bookmark.
Also, I couldn’t help but show you the coolest dragon bookmark I made while following a tutorial from Jo Nakashima. Yes, I linked it to a book on my Kindle. The bookmark just matched Perfectly with The Simoquin Prophecies, Samit Basu’s funniest book that features dragons and other amazing creatures, and I don’t own a physical copy.