When I was younger, I really liked to read. One could find me immersed in a paperback at any given time and I usually had about three of them going at once. One for home, one for work, and one in my car for when I was out. A good supply of bookmarks was a necessity so I decided to make some of my own. I remember it being a lot of fun to do and one can get pretty creative with them. Here’s how I made some rose-themed bookmarks…
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Tools and Supplies
- Heavy paper (I used smooth Bristol Board for this project)
- Art Markers
- Black inking markers or pens
- Colored Pencils
- Metallic oil-based extra-fine markers in gold and silver
- 1/4 inch wide ribbon
- Paper cutter / trimmer (or really steady hands)
- Laminator or self-laminating pockets
- Some really neat sayings and quotes about roses (Google is great for this!)
The first thing you need to do is cut the paper into bookmark sized rectangles. A standard sized book mark is 2 inches x 6 inches. I made a few extra for mistakes, since I tend to make frequent errors when I’m hand-lettering.
Next I inked, colored, and lettered my bookmarks. Remember the metallic markers? I saved those for last to put a snazzy finishing touch on them. Make sure you leave a little room on top in your artwork for the hole you’re going to punch later for the ribbon.
Once you’ve got your little bookmark masterpieces completed, it’s time to seal them up to protect your artwork and the pages of the book you use them in. A laminating machine produces the best overall finish, but self-laminating pockets also work well and are cheaper.
After the bookmarks are laminated, use the hole punch to punch a hole at the top for the ribbon. It should be in the middle and about a 1/4 inch down from the top. Cut the ribbon about 6-8 inches long. Fold the ribbon in half, stick the looped end through the hole, put the ends of the ribbon through the loop, then pull tight.
And that’s about it! Now you have some one-of-a-kind bookmarks to use for yourself or give away to your fellow bookworm.
Bonus Comic Themed Bookmark Idea
Here’s a bonus idea for bookmarks to keep your place in that awesome comic or graphic novel you’re reading. I used an old Previews catalog to make these, but you can print the images out and use those instead.
- Comic book preview catalog
- Wrinkle-free glue stick
Cut out images that you like from the catalog and trim the edges. Glue them to the bookmark, smoothing them out as you go. Trim the excess around the bookmark.
I used tiny comic covers in varying sizes and overlapped them for these bookmarks.
And there you have it! Go forth and make you some awesome bookmarks.