DIY: How To Make Vintage Bookmarks

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Welcome to another simple project step-by-step tutorial you can do in the comfort of your own home. Many of us here are book readers. Often times, we do not bother to use bookmarks; instead, we just fold the corners to remind us where we are. This is a terrible habit even yours truly indulges in. However, if I tell you that there is a very creative way to make your own bookmarks, I assure you that you would never fold another page ever again.


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MATERIALS


  • Pen
  • Reinforcement Ring
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Tea
  • Coffee (Optional)
  • Your choice of paper (Cut to your desired specifications)
  • Onion Paper/ Wax Paper
  • Perfume/ Oil Essence (Optional)
  • Tissue


The coffee is optional but recommended since it "ages" the paper more and creates a vintage appearance. However, if you do not have coffee, tea would suffice.

The perfume/ essential oil is also optional but recommended since the final product would reek of coffee. If you do not have problems with the aroma of caffeine, then do not dab perfume.

Ensure that the bookmarking papers are cut to your desired measurements before doing the next step.


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STEP 1. TEA TIME!


The first step in making the bookmark is to pour the tea. I used Lipton Vanilla-Flavoured Black Tea but any other tea would suffice. You have the option to pour all the liquid into your container (I used the baking tray as container) OR to manually pour it using a spoon or dropper. The manual pouring with the use of a spoon or dropper would enable you to have more control over the colour intensity of the paper.

More tea would give you a more yellow/aged look.


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Sprinkle Coffee GroundsDab Tissue to Remove Excess Coffee and TeaTransfer Paper to Baking Tray Lined with Wax PaperBake in Oven For a Few Minutes Until Edges Curl Up
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Transfer Paper to Baking Tray Lined with Wax Paper
Transfer Paper to Baking Tray Lined with Wax Paper | Source
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Bake in Oven For a Few Minutes Until Edges Curl Up | Source


STEP 2. COFFEE BREAK!


This step is OPTIONAL. If you want a darker, more vintage appearance, then do not skip this step. You would need coffee grounds-- used or unused, depends on what you have. I used Nescafe Classic Ground Coffee but any other coffee brands would suffice.

When applying the coffee grounds, sprinkle it. Wait for about three minutes to allow the coffee grounds to melt and seep in to the paper's pores.

After this, lightly dab the paper using tissue paper to remove the excess coffee and tea liquid.

Next, transfer them to the baking tray lined with wax paper, before putting it in the oven. Ensure that the oven is pre-heated to about 150-200 degrees Celsius and only bake the paper for a few minutes. You would know that it is done when the edges of the papers start to curl up.


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STEP 3. PUT A RING ON IT!


Punch a hole into the paper and use a reinforcement ring (plastic or metal-- depends on what you have) to create a protection to avoid tear when you tie in the string.




THEN USE IT!

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I will be sending one to my penpal half a world away. If you are reading this, Mercedes, drop by and say hello! :)

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princesswithapen 4 years ago

Tea, coffee and vintage bookmarks - seems like the perfect hobby for someone who loves writing, reading and books in general. I loved the pictures of the finished bookmarks. They look very rustic and very unique! I'm sharing this lovely hub.

Princesswithapen


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inaniLoquence 4 years ago from Singapore Author

Hi Princess, thank you for passing by and for sharing. :) This isn't a hobby yet since it's my first time doing this, but I will definitely be making this again. Real simple and does not take much time. I got lucky because my dysmenorrhea decided to cramp me today and so, I've got all the time in the world to make something worthwhile.


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

This is an engaging hub on creating bookmarks using coffee or tea! This is a very helpful tutorial filled with well-listed instructions and guidance-pictures! Keep up the wonderful work!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up.


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inaniLoquence 4 years ago from Singapore Author

Hi Ishwarya! Thanks for stumbling and for voting the hub up. I really wanted to take photos of every step so I could show readers how it's done. I have been fascinated with paper ageing ever since I started snail mailing. I knew I could do it. Fortunately, the difficulty level was easy so I decided to try it out.


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cloverleaffarm 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

This is a great idea. I have used coffee and tea on fabric, but never really thought about it for paper. Thanks for putting it together and sharing with us. Voted up, useful and interesting. Awesome too.


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inaniLoquence 4 years ago from Singapore Author

Coffee and tea on fabric? Now that's new information. :) What was the resulting colour? Yellowish?

You're welcome, Cloverleaffarm! And thanks for going all the way by voting this up, useful, interesting and awesome! This made my day!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

What a wonderful craft and a clever way to add the vintage look. Voting this Up and Useful.


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StephenCowry 4 years ago

Great creativity! I think I need to be more resourceful so I can make use of those stuff which I did not know to be of use. Thanks for the ideas.


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inaniLoquence 4 years ago from Singapore Author

Alocsin, salamat!


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inaniLoquence 4 years ago from Singapore Author

StephenCowry, thanks for passing by. I believe I got this idea while stumbling in the site I recommended to you. I agree that we have to be more resourceful nowadays or else we will all get left behind. However, I think you still have a wealth of information in your mind and you'll be using that for at least a hundred more hubs or so from now. :)

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