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Make Your Own Printable Bookmarks

Updated on August 20, 2014

Make Your Own Printable Bookmarks

Dozens of printable bookmarks for kids and adults with a variety of themes: dogs, cats, bears, butterflies, flowers, girly themes, boyish themes, and more. Make your own bookmarks for your own use or to give as a gift.

It's so easy to make your own printable bookmarks if you have a color printer and some card. Download your favorites, print them out, and cut them out. If it is double-sided, stick the two sides together. You can also decorate them with your favorite stickers or dried flowers and leaves etc.

If you would like to make the bookmark stronger, you may want to laminate it. At end of this page I have included some tips for making your own bookmarks and ideas for laminating them. If you like, you can punch a hole in the top and thread a ribbon, tassel, or string through it. Open your book and you're ready for action!

Make these for yourself or for a friend. They make the perfect stocking stuffers, party favors, or little add-on gifts (especially when giving a book as a gift). They are so easy and quick to make, you could always make some to sell at a craft market. Make sure that if you are going to use the printables on this page that you check their terms of use. Many / most of the free ones will be for personal use only. The ones which you purchase from craftsUprint should be suitable to make and then sell.

The bookmarks with the text links are free. The pictured bookmarks are all available to purchase from craftsUprint.

home made printable floral bookmarks

Printable Animal Bookmarks

cute puppies magnetic bookmarks

If you're a dog-lover like me, you will love these gorgeous dog bookmarks. The cute dog bookmarks above can be double-sided, meaning you stick the two matching halves together so that it looks good from the front and the back. The dogs' heads which stick out the top of the rectangle may get a little battered, so it may be a good idea to glue a little bit of extra support (eg another strip of cardboard or a wooden popsicle stick) between the two layers before sticking them together.

Clip on dog bookmark to color

Delightful dogs - Scottish terrier, German shepherd, chihuahua, dalmatian

Dog photo

Puppy and kitten - click the image above the print button to see it full size - the kitten and the puppy are at the bottom

Thank God for dogs with Genesis 1:25 Bible verse

Links checked March 2013

double-sided dog template

white poodles on a rainbow background

happy cartoon dogs

cute cartoon puppies with pink paw background

birthday cats template

These delightful bookmarks are perfect (or should I say "purr-fect") for anyone who is owned by a cat. The super-cute kitty cats above would make lovely party favors, especially for a cat themed birthday party. It may even be a fun, less energetic party activity for the guests to make these bookmarks themselves.

These cats which will peek out of the top of your book could be printed on white or colored paper / cardstock

4 sets of 3 black and white cats

White kitten - click the image above the print button to see it full size - the kitten is at the bottom

Links checked Apr 2014

pink and purple cats

black cat - get your paws off my book!

you're the cat's whiskers double-sided

cats with goldfish bowl (and bookmark holder)

Lovable Bears - including teddy bears

teddy bear bookmarks
teddy bear bookmarks

Buy this loveable bears template.

There's something so adorable about teddy bears! But in this section you will also find a polar bear and a panda bear. The sweet teddy bears and hearts above would make a lovely home made Valentine's Day gift for a special person.

Two panda bears - photo

Double-sided polar bear

Scroll down to PRINT TEDDY BEAR BOOKMARKS for four sets of teddy bears (saying, "I love teddy bears")

Jesus loves me - teddy bear floating on a red balloon

Links checked Apr 2013

autumn / fall teddies

teddies in red hats

teddies enjoying the great outdoors

Bunny Rabbits

Bunny Rabbit Bookmarks
Bunny Rabbit Bookmarks

Buy these cute printable rabbits.

Hop to it and create one of theses sweet rabbits or funny cartoon rabbits - a lovely selection for the bunny-lover or super-cute party favor for a baby shower. The special rabbit and flower bookmarks above are bound to bring a smile to the face of anyone who uses them.

Brown and white rabbit photo

Cartoon rabbit on a colorful background

Smiling white rabbit with a pink bow tie

Links checked Feb 2014

Apes and Monkeys

Monkey Bookmarks
Monkey Bookmarks

Buy this double-sided monkey kit.

Cute collection of cheeky monkeys. The two sweet monkey bookmarks above are double sided - on the front is a boy monkey with a banana or a girl monkey with a red heart. On the back they both have a label saying, "This book belongs to ...." and a space for you (or the recipient) to write a name.

Monkey photo

2 separate cartoon monkey bookmarks or one double-sided - "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" on one and funny monkey faces on the other

Mother and baby orangutan photo

Links checked Sep 2012

quirky owls

A bird bookmark would make a great gift or fun project for teen girls - Owls are especially popular.

4 birthday birds. After you've seen these, scroll to the bottom of this page where you will find a link to 4 more birthday birds

Owls for Valentine's Day

Owls for kids which comes in a set of printables. The bookmarks have the following quotes of them: "Look whooo's learning something new", "Reading is a hoot", "You're the pride of the perch", "Wise worker", and "Owl-ways do your best"

Eagle (and fireworks) photo

Double-sided flying birds

Links checked Sep 2012

antique birds

double-sided hummingbirds


Printable Butterfly Bookmarks
Printable Butterfly Bookmarks

Buy this butterfly template.

These pretty butterflies would make delightful gifts for ladies. They would make really sweet party favors for a bridal shower or for children to make for their mom at mother's day. I know that I always valued the things my children made for me. Somehow they are more precious than a purchased gift.

Butterfly photo

Pretty butterflies - one with Psalm 20:4 Bible verse

Flutter into a new world with each book

Links checked Sep 2012

joyful summer butterflies

gold and brown butterflies

pretty jewelled butterflies

woodland creatures magnetic bookmarks

Lots of different animals here - some are photos, some are drawn pictures, some are cartoon style, and some are pictures which can be colored.

A variety of animals - whale, rabbit, kangaroo, monkey, bears, camels, dogs, frogs, owls, snakes (to color), and spiders (to color)

Several double-sided animals

Scroll down for some frog bookmarks - one set with jokes and the other without

African animals - elephant, lion, zebra, giraffe - available with interesting facts, jokes, or with letter / word (eg Ee is for elephant)

Super cute critters - tortoise, ladybug, chipmunk

Links checked Oct 2012


lion, elephant, zebra

cow, bull, dog, cat, pig

Amimal Bookmarks from Amazon

These books each contain 12 gorgeous animal-themed bookmarks. And at the price they are selling for, they may be cheaper and easier than printing out ones on your own printer. Make the bookmarks in these books and keep them for yourself, or give them away. The books too would make a lovely gift for the bookworm who, like me, may have several books on the go at the same time!

How do you mark where you're up to in a book?

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Novel Fingerprint / Rubberband Bookmark

This "handy" bookmark not only marks the page, but you can mark exactly where you are up to on the page by arranging the stretchy band so that the finger points to the last word you read. One per pack.

More Bookmarks

Back To School and Prize Bookmarks - Encouraging / Inspiring Kids to Read

Back To School Bookmarks / Prize Bookmarks
Back To School Bookmarks / Prize Bookmarks

Buy this fun kids' bookmarks template.

These book marks would be fun for kids to make in class for themselves or for other students. Teachers could also print them out and make them to give as prizes or rewards. These bookmarks are designed to motive students to read.

Loads of bookmarks

Choose your style - including birthday, fantasy, princess, sports, Fall, Christmas, Easter, and more. You can then personalize the bookmark with the student's name and more before printing out a page with 4 bookmarks per page.

Bookmarks for kids with inspiring quotes

Quotes such as, "All that I can, I will" and "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."

Ice cream with "Reading is cool"

Reading encouragement

Two styles for the kids to color - "No bones about it! Reading is fun!" and "Wild about reading"

School bookmarks

Cute back to school bookmarks for teachers - these do not have any writing on them, just cute pictures

Encouragement bookmarks

Motivational idea for teachers to hand out to students, such as, "Big brain award" and "Great job, Einstein"

6 bookmarks with quotes to encourage reading

Links checked Sep 2012

Printable Bookmarks for Boys

Printable Bookmarks for Boys
Printable Bookmarks for Boys

Buy this chess bookmarks template.

Here is a collection of themes which will suit the boys - monsters, sports, dragons, mazes, pirates, spaceships, and more. These cool bookmarks may even encourage a reluctant reader - give one with a book matching the theme. Hey, you can but try!

Monster bookmarks

Boy bookmarks

sports balls, dragon, shark, rock climbing, ship

More for the boys

3 styles - nose stuck in a book, dog ear, turn on a book

labyrinth bookmarks

Scroll down to free bookmarks

Links checked March 2013

little pirate

soccer - football

baby boy

spaceships and monsters

Printable Bookmarks for Girls

Printable Bookmarks for Girls
Printable Bookmarks for Girls

Buy this ballerina bookmarks template.

A fun activity for your girl on a rainy day, holiday, or when she has a friend or two over, is to sit down and make one or more of these cute girly themed bookmarks. Make sure you have glitter and stickers on hand for decorating their creations. Loads of fun!

Girl themed bookmarks

flying horse, flowers, cat with a butterfly, flamingo, girl with flowers

Cute girls bookmarks

Links checked March 2013

cute ballet in pink and white

cute ballet in pink and white

birthday girl with balloons

Flowers / Floral

Printable Floral Bookmarks
Printable Floral Bookmarks

Buy this flower bookmarks template.

Floral bookmarks would make a delightful gift for mother's day along with a special book. They would also make gorgeous party favors at a bridal shower.

Colorful tulip bookmarks

6 floral photo bookmarks - add your own text before printing

Victorian tulip bookmarks

Links checked March 2013

spring daffodils

lovely tulips

pink roses and musical instruments

Steampunk Style

Steampunk Bookmarks
Steampunk Bookmarks

Buy these Christmas steampunk bookmarks.

Steampunk is a type of sci-fi based in the nineteenth century, involving steam-powered machinery and lots of cogs. These bookmarks would make a great gift for the guys, especially those into Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, or anything steampunk.

Steampunk characters

Use this steampunk lady, available in three styles (outline, colored, distressed), to make a bookmark. Also do a search on this page for mary and explorer for two more steampunk digital stamps which would probably be suitable for making book marks.

4 sheets of steampunk pattern bookmarks

Links checked March 2013

Corner Page Holders - a bit of a different way to mark your page

The first video gives some instructions for making a corner page holder which fits over the corner of a page. After you have made the basic shape, you can decorate it. The ways you can decorate it are only limited by your imagination (and the ideas you can find on the internet!). The second video gives some ideas for decorating your corner page holder.

What are you going to do with the bookmark you make?

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Tips for Making Your Bookmark

Tips for making your own bookmarks

To get really bright and vibrant colors on your bookmarks, print them on photo paper. This costs a little more than ordinary paper or card, but the results will amaze you.

I would recommend using a paper trimmer or craft knife and stainless steel ruler to cut along the edges of your bookmarks. Scissors will work, but you won't be able to get the edges as straight.

If your bookmark is double-sided, you will need to stick the two sides together. Either use tape or a small amount of glue. If you use too much glue, you may find the bookmark warps.

When adding extras to the front (or back) of the bookmark, such as dried flowers, gems, stickers, gem brads etc, be careful not to make the bookmark too fat, else it may damage the book it is used in.

Laminating your bookmark will make it sturdier so it should last longer. It will also be more likely to survive getting wet. And if you are punching a hole in the top and tying a ribbon through that hole, any form of laminating will help to prevent the ribbon from pulling and breaking the section above the hole. See below for ideas for laminating your bookmark.

To make your bookmarks look really special, punch a hole in the top. You can do this using a handheld punch or even one of those three hole punches (for binders). Now thread some ribbon, string, lace, leather, or raffia through the hole. You can even tie some beads onto the ends of the ribbon for extra pizazz!

Ideas for laminating your bookmarks

Here are four different methods for "laminating" your bookmarks:

1) The first video shows the whole construction method of making some cute bookmarks (using die cuts). About halfway through the video, the crafter show how she laminates the bookmarks using a laminating machine and placing 4 bookmarks in one laminating sheet. Once they are laminated, she cuts the bookmarks apart.

2) The second video method uses some wide tape

3) The third video method uses laminating sheets with an iron

4) Use contact paper to cover your bookmark (no video for this one)

5) Use bookmark sized laminating pouches (available from Amazon - see below the videos)

Bookmark laminating pouches available in different sizes

If you are making a lot of bookmarks all the one size (say, to sell at a market), a pack of these laminating pouches will make your life so much easier.

All of the laminating pouches I am displaying here are 5 mil thick, but there are other thicknesses (7 mil and 10 mil) available at Amazon. If you want to purchase a thicker pouch, first check that it will not be too thick for your laminator. 5 mil is a good thickness, without being too flimsy or too thick.

Note: some of these boxes contain 100 pouches and some contain 200 pouches

Confessions of a bookaholic

I am a book fanatic. When I managed to earn my first money as a babysitter when I was twelve or thirteen, or so, the first thing I went out and bought was a book (The Treasury of Dogs) and I still own that book today! I have so many books that I even have a separate room used as a library to hold all my books! As a homeshooler, I was able to indulge my hobby of buying books, including many reference books, so that my children would have access to lots of good resources. (Good excuse, heh?) One of my favourite types of shops are bookshops. I do read electronic books, but there's nothing quite like holding a physical book in your hands or being able to flick through a real book, even if it's just to look at the pictures. I usually have several books on the go at any one time and as I type this, I have a pile of books on my desk. I use them for research.

Lately, because I have now finished homeschooling, I have been getting rid of some of my books - some of the text books and some others which I never seem to look at. We brought a whole car-load full of books to a charity shop which sold only books (one of my favourite haunts). But I still have a room full of books. What can I say - they are hard to part with. Many of the books I probably won't be using again since both my children are adults now, but I am still finding it hard to part with those books because maybe my children or someone else may find them useful in the future.

I have mostly non-fiction books, but I do have some fiction books - mostly classic novels or Christian fiction. My books in my library are sorted into topics to make them easier to find. I have sections on art, music, history (sorted into chronological order), geography (sorted by country), science (general, physics, chemistry, biology, human body), craft, health, homeschooling, maths, English, Christian topics, biographies, and more. Hmmm. I reckon I could start my own library!

Which type of bookmarks do you prefer?

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      4 years ago

      Nice lens, I like bookmarks

    • Nyathearai profile image


      6 years ago

      I have to admit when I first clicked to come onto this lens I was not expecting the bookmarks to be of this high a quality. This is a lovely lens, and I'll definitely be printing a few off myself! Thanks for sharing!

    • srsddn lm profile image

      srsddn lm 

      6 years ago

      Great ideas about bookmarks.

    • anupma lm profile image

      anupma lm 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful Bookmarks. I will certainly try. Thanks for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      How nice to have such an large selection of bookmarks to choose from! Thanks for the tip about which are free and which are for purchase. Very nice lens for those who love to read and those who love crafts!

    • psiloveyou1 profile image


      6 years ago

      I love making bookmarks and never thought about printing them. Very nice lens. Sending an Angel Blessing your way.

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      6 years ago

      Very nice! I like your lens!

    • Camden1 profile image


      6 years ago

      I like floral bookmarks the best.

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      6 years ago

      As long as it has a nice design on it, I'm fairly indifferent to what type. Nice lens! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

    • MissPuppy profile image


      6 years ago

      Very cute lens! I love the bear and puppy book marks!!


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