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How to Make Wire Bookmarks: Do it Yourself Wire Craft

Updated on September 28, 2015

Picture of a Wire Bookmark in a Book

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 DIY hub. Wire bookmarks are a fun, easy, craft project that doesn'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, creative, 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 some kind of wire and needle nose pliers. Copper is interesting to work with and gains character with age.

Wire Bookmark Supplies

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

How to Make Wire Bookmarks


1. Cut a piece of wire with your needle nose pliers about ten inches long.

2. Pinch one end with the tip of the pliers and twist the wire around the end of the closed pliers.

3. Once you have made a few good twists around the pliers, pull the pliers out and flatten the wire twist to appear as a spiral.

4. Now repeat the process at the other end of the wire too. Flatten it down also, 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 in the page it is marking.

Twisting a Wire Bookmark

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

Perfecting a Wire Spiral

Wire Bookmark Design

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 in different directions. You can give the outside part some 3-d effect, attach beads, or paint your bookmarks. There are many ways to customize them. Let me know if you try this and come up with new ideas.

One way you can make your wire bookmark is by hammering your wire flat after creating a unique design. Try making designs in the wire bookmarks that are different shapes such as guitars, flowers, etc.

Two Simple Wire Bookmarks

Two basic examples
Two basic examples

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.

Benefits of Wire Bookmarks

Wire bookmarks have some advantages over the other types of bookmarks that could include 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
  • Fun to make: Wire is fun to work because of the bending and ability to get creative with a simple material.
  • Wire is 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 Bookmarks as Gifts

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      Donna Herron 3 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!

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      Blake Flannery 4 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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      Jim 4 years ago

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

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      Blake Flannery 4 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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      vespawoolf 4 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 5 years ago

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

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      Mandi  7 years ago

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

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      Trsmd 9 years ago from India

      You can use glass beads for a more elegant look.