DIY Crafts: Three Quick and Easy Bookmarks
All three of these are really quick and easy to create. You don't really need much materials either! DIY bookmarks are an adorable way to personalize your past time. 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
Paper - You'll need to cut out a 2"x4" piece of paper for this. I used scrapbooking paper because it's a little thicker and it's pretty, but any sort of paper will work.
Scissors and tape
So first you need to cut out your bit of paper. Once you've done that, fold it in half lengthwise, 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 4 corners over. It should now look like a heart! Take a piece of tape, and tape the two sides together from the inside. Slide it onto your pages at the top or bottom corner.
2. Yarn Tassel Bookmark
Yarn - I used two different kinds, burgundy and white. You'll need at least 2 or 3 feet, you don't really have to measure it though.
Long, narrow box - This is to create the tassel. I used a jewelry box, it was about 8 inches long and 2.5 inches wide, and 1 inch deep. Think something the size of a Cracker Jack box. The bigger your box, the bigger the tassel.
Begin by cutting a piece of yarn about 16 inches long. Run it along the side of the box. Then, 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 of the box, and cut the bottom off - making 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.
Finally, 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
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
First, trace and cut out a paper feather. You can find a tutorial for doing so here, as well as other ideas for paper feather crafts!
Once you've got your feather ready, cut a piece of ribbon about 8-10 inches 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.
Then, grab your shells or buttons. These are for weighing down the opposite end of the bookmark. Sew them down, and tie and cut the string as with the feather. That's all there is to it!