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How To Make A Bookmark For A Book

Updated on September 10, 2014

Learning To Make A Bookmark Is Easy!

If you want to learn how to make a bookmark for a book, you're in the right place. To date I have over 50 bookmarks (I'm a bookmark collector as an avid reader).

Some are store bought, others are hand-made, yet others are simply traded with other bookmark lovers. When I see something interesting in the stores, I buy 2-3 pieces of the same to trade away. I know that other bookmark lover friends will love them, and they will send me their extra beautiful bookmarks.

Bookmarks Craft Kit

While buying bookmarks is the easiest way to acquire a nice selection, there is nothing like making your own bookmark using various crafting techniques.

In this article I will give you some tips on different creative ways of making your own reading bookmarks.

If You Need Help Making A Bookmark - Check out this great bookmark kit

Melissa & Doug Decorate-Your-Own Bookmark
Melissa & Doug Decorate-Your-Own Bookmark

The perfect bookmark kit to get your kids crafting, especially if they love reading as well. Very easy to use, all parts included: the actual bookmark, the glue, the stickers and the gem. The final result looks way too cool!

Great for craft parties for kids for all indoor occasions.

A few of my handmade bookmarks
A few of my handmade bookmarks | Source

How To Make Your Own Bookmark

Making a bookmark for a book is fun, however which method do you use? There are so many different ways to make bookmarks, we'd be sitting here all day and night just to list and explain them all.

This is why before making a bookmark, you have to take into account what you know. What skills you have? Are you good with crafts, and if yes, what is it that you mostly know to do and like to do?

To date I have made several bookmarks using different bookmark making techniques. I have made beaded bookmarks, bookmark thongs, parchment craft bookmarks, papercrafts bookmarks and simple printed out ones from computer bookmark templates. I've even made once an origami bookmark, but that was not as easy as other ways I've attempted in the past.

Let's discuss some of the best and easiest ways to make a bookmark and I'll give you some online places with further tips, designs and templates that you can use to make your own bookmarks for a book.

Have you ever made your own bookmark for a book?

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Print Out Bookmarks - Free Printable Bookmarks

Maybe the easiest way to make your own bookmark is to print it out from a bookmark template.

In the image is one of the earliest Christmas bookmarks I've made a couple of years ago. Nestle had an online customizable form where you simply added your name and any quote that you liked, and printed out.

This bookmark is printed on slightly thicker paper than the regular and I've placed it in a bookmark sleeve for extra protection. This bookmark has always served me well.

If you have kids, you can include them in the fun. There are even coloring bookmarks that you simply print out and give to your child to color before adding the book mark to its sleeve.

An additional idea - if you have some cereal boxes with interesting designs, you can have your kids cut them out and use them as bookmarks.

Below are some online places with bookmark templates that you can use to print out your own. Some of them are customizable.

Tutorial To Design Your Print Out Bookmarks On The PC

Beaded Bookmarks

Beaded bookmarks are quite popular not only with kids but also adults. If you like beading, making jewelry, then you will especially love this way of making your own bookmark for a book.

However even if you're not a beader, you can make a beaded bookmark. All you need to do is really string the beads on a cord (hemp cord works great). You will need some interesting beads (you can even make themed bookmarks with different colored beads, one for each season) and a cord that you will string the beads onto.

Some people even make bookmark thongs (also called bookmark tongs) which are basically thongs purchased at places like Amazon, at the end of which you can string your own beads. Quite a fun activity actually.

Here are a few places that teach you how to make various beaded bookmarks.

Beaded Bookmark Instructions

Useful Tip

If you are making jewelry with beads, you will have a great assortment of left over beads of all sizes and colors. Use your imagination to combine some of these beads in the most unusual and interesting combinations for your bookmarks.

page corner bookmarks
page corner bookmarks

Page Corner Bookmarks

Page corner bookmarks are fun to make. They are not your typical flat, long bookmark that you see. A page corner bookmark only covers the corner of one page. It's quite small.

The supplies to make such a bookmark are easily found in crafts stores. You mostly need some cardstock (a heavier type of paper), scissors, rulers, pencils, some glues and some page corner bookmark templates.

These are really fun to make and fast too. I have even seen page corner bookmarks made from envelopes! (great idea since you can use the corner of the envelope to embellish to your heart's content).

So here are some great places that teach you how to make page corner bookmarks. Have fun!

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Corner Bookmark Video Tutorials

Origami Bookmarks

Origami bookmarks are fun, but I have to admit, I was never good at folding Origami. But if you like folding paper, this one will be for you!

Most origami bookmarks are also corner bookmarks as opposed to full length bookmarks. You can use your paper scraps from scrapbooking to create some gorgeous looking origami pieces. They are usually quite stylish and eyecatching.

And just imagine, you use no glue for this type of bookmark. Except paper you might also use a pair of scissors, but for the most part, that's it.

Origami Bookmark Video Tutorials

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Additional Ideas On How To Make A Bookmark For A Book

While these are the most popular bookmark making techniques, there are many others that people have found to work. Below I present just a few more of them, for a wider variety of options.

One of the easiest ways to make a bookmark is to glue a charm on a piece of carstock. To make it more fun, choose a cardstock that is embossed like in the image attached.

This one was an earlier attempt of mine (see my not-so-straight cutting with the scissors). But I quite like it.

Then you use some stronger glue to glue a charm onto the paper. I used an "M" charm because as initial for my name.

You can use anything else that you might find, however. Also you can make this bookmark as long or short as you want (mine is about half a page long).

Don't forget

You can use any materials for making your own bookmarks for books. You are only limited by your own imagination!

Wooden Bookmarks

These are also fun to make. You can use real wood sheets (thin ones) or fake boards like I used for this particular piece here.

If you have woodworking skills (I don't), then you can use real wood. Otherwise, do like I did here and use a thin sheet that doesn't need any tools for drilling or hammering.

Again I used charms, this time one at each end of the bookmark. This one is really long so a regular mass market paperback fits within the space ended by the charms.

Wooden Bookmark Tutorial

Magnetic Bookmarks

Magnetic bookmarks are also fun to have. While I have never made one, I've received a few from friends and I love them! The idea here is that you glue a piece of magnet onto cardstock, on the back.

There are several megnetic bookmark templates that you can use for this type of creation.

Magnetic Bookmark Tutorial

Some Of The Most Expensive Bookmarks Ever - Perfect As Gifts!

Don't Forget

Whether you make your bookmarks or you buy them, they can make some great Christmas gifts, or gifts and presents for any occasion whatsoever! Even just to tell a book lover friend that you are thinking of them.

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    • Blessed Liez profile image

      Kareen Liez 

      5 years ago from Philippines

      I like that origami bookmark. I have tried the other bookmarks but not that origami! Thanks for sharing :)

    • beaworkathomemom profile image


      5 years ago

      Great idea for mommies out there!

    • tfsherman lm profile image

      tfsherman lm 

      5 years ago

      Great lens on this subject! I'm looking for a variety of bookmark crafts for my summer reading program, and I liked a lot of your ideas and pinned your thin wooden one -- the kids would love that one. Thanks!

    • nicenet profile image


      6 years ago

      I love the format and easy tips for bookmarking in your lens. Well done.

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      6 years ago

      We do lots of bookmarks too, the kids love them and we use them a lot! We used to just add stickers to decorate their bookmarks and more recently, dangling beads. Must come back here for more ideas the next time we're making them.

    • amitsarkar lm profile image

      amitsarkar lm 

      6 years ago

      Really nice idea. This is totally new for me.

    • Linda BookLady profile image

      Linda Jo Martin 

      6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I love your bookmark ideas! While I was reading and learning, I took a few minutes to make a new special bookmark of my own. Great fun. I love bookmarks!

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      6 years ago

      well,i planning to give my lectures and friends a bookmark each. since i want to make it myself, you had given me great ideas. tq.

    • PaulWinter profile image


      6 years ago

      Great ideas for making bookmarks

    • piedromolinero profile image


      6 years ago

      I did my own bookmarks as a child, I think everybody did at least once in life. Now it's the time for my daughter to make some, as she is an avid reader. I will point her to your page and see what she comes up with, I am sure she will enjoy it and she will be kept busy for a while.

    • tfsherman lm profile image

      tfsherman lm 

      6 years ago

      Lots of great resources here! Thanks.

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      John Dyhouse 

      6 years ago from UK

      Many craft sites include making bookmarks using collage techniques, great for kids. You have covered a fairly wide selection however.

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      6 years ago

      Great ideas! My kids made bookmarks for their grandparents with their school pictures on them for Christmas one year - they were a hit!

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      Herman IV 

      6 years ago

      I'm an avid reader and use bookmarks all the time. I also love collecting artistic bookmarks and loved the idea of making origami ones!

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      Renaissance Woman 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      Great ideas for bookmark projects. I love reading and enjoy having cool bookmarks for each of my books. Thanks!

    • KarenTBTEN profile image


      7 years ago

      Wow -- you have quite a bookmark collection there! SquidAngel blessings.

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      7 years ago

      I haven't made bookmarks since I was a kid. I should really consider it. My favorite bookmark type is a bungee so I don't lose the bookmark when I toss the book in my bag.

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      7 years ago

      Pretty comprehensively covered and such a delightful idea to make interesting and creative bookmarks! Very nice share. :)


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