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How to Make a Quick and Easy Beaded Bookmark

Updated on February 5, 2016

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Why we Still Need Printed Books

I love my Kindle. I love the accessibility of a million titles, available with the smallest click of a screen. I am amazed that when I finish the third book of a series at 2am, instead of being left hanging, wondering, waiting, desperate to find out which way the cliffhanger ended...

Well, actually no. Not with a Kindle. Now I can download book four, and find out immediately that the author has saved the heroine, beating all the odds.

There in lies one of my main reasons for still reading printed books.That period of anticipation, of wondering and waiting for the cliffhanger to be revealed is a huge lure of the reading experience. A pleasure dragged out and savoured, rather than being cut short by a 3o second download.

With your printed book, by the time you get to the shop, you really want to know. As you take book four in your hands, tangible and withholding those answers you have been craving. With the smell of new paper, the rustle of pages, and the smoothness of a touchable cover. It is an experience for all the senses. That is why I think paper books will always exist. Printed books appeal to all the senses and keep that element of intrigue burning brightly.

At this point, I will share a secret with you. I treat my books to special bookmarks. Chosen by me, made by me and placed in those hallowed pages, only by me.

They are quick, easy and inexpensive to make. Read on and I will show you how...

Make Your Own Beaded Bookmark

It is simple to make, personalised and lasts for years.
It is simple to make, personalised and lasts for years. | Source

The Basic Materials you Will Need

  • Wire Cutting Pliers
  • Round Headed Pliers
  • Flat Pliers
  • Sterling Silver Plated Bookmark Finding
  • Sterling Silver Headpins
  • Some Beads of Your Choice
  • Safety Glasses
  • A bead design board/Bead Cloth or just a piece of material where the beads wont roll.


Choose Your Beads

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The Basic Tools You Need

These basic pliers will enable you to make a huge variety of different jewellery.
These basic pliers will enable you to make a huge variety of different jewellery. | Source
For a quick and easy bookmark you can use a bookmark finding which is easily bought on Ebay, Amazon or at a Craft Shop.
For a quick and easy bookmark you can use a bookmark finding which is easily bought on Ebay, Amazon or at a Craft Shop. | Source

Lay Out Your Design and Find What you Like

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Getting Started

Lay out your choice of beads on your board or cloth and change them about till you are happy with the design.

Start to Make a Loop

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Start With a Headpin

Use the round nosed pliers and start to turn one of the Headpins, use the end without the head. Start to curve in to make a loop shape.

Create Loops on the Headpins

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Finishing that Headpin

  • Trim the other end off from the headpin with the wire cutting pliers. Wear safety glasses and hold onto the end of the wire that you are cutting off, as it will ping off in any given direction, so you also need to protect anyone around you. The wire could cause serious damage if it did hit the eye.
  • Using the round ended pliers curl the headpin around the bookmark finding.
  • Slide a bead on the headpin and then create a loop under the bead with the round ended pliers.

Putting the First Bead on

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A Step By Step Picture Guide

A loop after the first bead.
A loop after the first bead. | Source
Place beads on the second headpins.
Place beads on the second headpins. | Source
Attach the next section by loops.
Attach the next section by loops. | Source

Finishing Your Work

  • Make a loop in a second headpin, again trimming of the end with the head, and close the loop around the first headpin's loop.
  • Put on the next beads from your design and then close with another loop.
  • Repeat the process again, adding the next section of beads, and again closing with a loop.
  • Finish the bookmark by using a headpin, but not trimming the head off this time.
  • Put you final beads on to rest on the head, then trim to size, above the beads, leaving enough room for a loop.
  • Finally, join the loop on your end section to the loop from the beaded section above.


Nearly There...

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Putting on the End Section

Place the beads on the top of the pin.
Place the beads on the top of the pin. | Source

Pliers are a Jewellery Making Essential

Your Finished Bookmark

There you have it! Your own bespoke bookmark ready to grace those precious pages.

The Finished Result

Your Own Bespoke Bookmark.
Your Own Bespoke Bookmark. | Source

Countless Possiblities and Opportunities

Remember that the beads and findings are what defines the look. Change to soft, delicate colours or striking, garish golds, to completely change the appearance.

Just pop your bookmark in a gift bag and then you will have the perfect present for your friends and family. It's one they will love, and even more so because you have taken the time to make it just for them.

If you have bought someone the perfect book for a present; then why not team it up with a customised bookmark to match?

Remember as with all beaded/wire products, these bookmarks are unsuitable for young children and present a choking hazard.

Jewellery can also provides an additional income source if you choose to develop your skills and product range. If you decide to pursue it as a business then Insurance and tax returns will then because part of the equation.

Thank you for reading and enjoy your creativity.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you for reading RTalloni. Your are so right anything at all which encourages children to read more traditional books is definitely a good thing.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      These are neat craft projects that would make lovely gifts, especially for book lovers. Designing them for children to encourage them to read real books could help them hold onto the black and white page in this technological age.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you very much Eddy. Is is a nice easy one to do. Anna :)

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant Ann a I loved this one and voted up for sure.

      Eddy.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you suzettenaples.

      I think there will always be a place in the world for real books, there definitely will be in mine. :)

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      I read on a Kindle also, but I agree, there are times when the feel of a book is needed. I love your beaded bookmarks! What a lovely gift and a great idea. Your instructions are easy to follow - I think even I could make one of these. Thanks for sharing your craft with us!

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you Aviannovice. It is an easy gift to make.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Such a mic idea that would also make a superb gift. I love the thought.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you FlourishAnyway for voting and pinning, and even more so for liking. It is quick and easy to make and I like how you get to personalise. I appreciate your kind words. Anna :)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      This is really pretty, Anna! I'd love to try this. Voted up +++ and pinning.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you Frank. That is really cool you are going to give it a go. :)

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks Genna

      Your right there is nothing like the smell and touch of paper; a non glare screen doesn't quite cut it the same. Thank you very much for reading and I bet you are way more arty than you think.

      Anna :)

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you very much Eddy for reading and your kind comment.

      Anna

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you Joelle for reading and for the votes.

      Your right the flexibility to change it, is one of the reasons I like it.

      I hope you are well. :)

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Bravewarrior

      Thank you for reading and commenting. I like printed books the best, as well but the Kindle comes in really handle when I am awake in the middle of the night; it means I can read in bed without turning on lights, which would wake up the snoozing. :)

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      wow anna different, interesting I like it.. going to try it :)

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I’m a sensory paper gal and love bookmarks, so this hub was a special treat. I realize that Kindles are the rage, are easier to carry and store many books and stories. But there is something more personal about 3-D books that I can’t seem to let go of. You make this beautiful art look so easy…even for ladies like me who are all thumbs. Thank you! :-)

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Interesting, useful and voted up Anna.

      Take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      What a beautiful work, Anna. The possibilities are indeed endless! It's an ideal gift for friends and family and you can adapt the colours and the beads with the personnality of the person you will give that to. Great pictures to explain the different steps! Nice wrapping as well!

      Definitely voted up, useful, interesting, beautiful and awesome!

      Have a beautiful day!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Anna, your bookmark is beautiful. I myself prefer books. I don't own an e-reader and have no desire to get one. I spend too much time in front of an electronic device as it is. When I relax with a book, it is one I can hold with both hands and smell the pages. I prefer hardbacks to paperbacks. Your beaded bookmarks will indeed make wonderful gifts for those who still treasure the intimacy of reading.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you Faith

      You should definitely give it a go. It is really simple, quick and totally unique.

      The bead buying gets a bit addictive though! :)

      Anna

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Bill

      I wasn't sure about the kindle either, but it means you can read without any lights on, which is good for night owls like myself. I do still prefer paper books though.

      Thank you for reading, because I am sure jewellery making isn't your thing.

      Anna :)

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Jackie

      Thank you for reading and for the vote. :)

      You should give the beads a go, I make different kinds of jewellery and it is amazing how easy it actually is, even though it looks harder. Anna

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, wow, Anna, that is a beautiful bookmark you have made! I love bookmarks and holding and reading books too in my hands. They would make awesome gifts at Christmas or anytime really for those friends who read a lot!

      I will give this a try soon.

      Great hub.

      Up and more and sharing.

      Have a lovely evening,

      Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm old-fashioned, Anna, and proud of it. LOL I have to hold the book and feel the paper and no, I don't own a Kindle and really can't imagine having one. Just an old dinosaur I'm afraid. :) having said all that, this is very clever and I will pass it on.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      That is so nice, I would love to make them and I still read real books too. I have been looking at a video about how to make beads, even so I may have double the fun! lol ^+