When I sat down to make my Back to School bookmark for All Things for Mom, I wasn’t halfway through before I thought, “I’ve got to make one of these for myself!” And as I was putting the finishing touches on the original bookmark that my little guy is now using, I was already writing down what supplies I would need for mine! The finished “adult” bookmark is just as cute as the original, and also just as easy to make. Below you’ll find the step-by-step how-to, but as always, if there are any questions along the way, just ask!
Nikki, In Stitches
And PS…This little cutie is magnetized so it never slips out of your book and you never lose your place! XOXO
- Scrapbook paper (You need such a small amount, that you’ll probably be able to get away with some from your scrap bin!)
- Coordinating ink pad
- Craft knife and cutting mat
- Bone folder
- Coordinating embroidery floss
- Hole punch
- Paper flowers in a variety of colors and sizes (Your design may vary, but I used 11 for my bookmark, in varying sizes from 1/2″ up to 3/4″.)
- Adhesive roller
- Adhesive backed magnetic strips (You can find these in your large chain craft store!)
**I also used Martha Stewart’s adhesive stencils and glitter transfer paper from Plaid Crafts to jazz up my scrapbook paper a bit. It was super fun to work with. If you’d like a few of my tips to get the best results, take a peek at my post, here!
1. Cut scrapbook paper 2 1/2″ x 10″. Flip over to backside, and score down the center. Flip back over to right side and fold in half. Your bookmark should now measure 2 1/2″ x 5″.
2. Measure in 5/8″ from each side, in along the fold and mark. Measure down 7/8″ on each side, from the fold, and mark. Draw a line connecting your marks on each side, and cut, to give your bookmark a tag shape.
** This is where I had some fun and used the Martha Stewart stencils and glitter. Just have it!
3. Punch a hole at the top of your bookmark, and use a Q-tip to ink the inside. Use an ink pad to ink all of the other edges of your bookmark.
4. Using embroidery floss, secure your flowers to your bookmark with french knots.
5. Cut another piece of scrapbook paper 2 1/4″ x 4 7/8″. Again, measure in from the top 5/8″ from each side, mark. Measure 7/8″ in down from each side at the top, mark. Connect your marks and cut. Adhere this piece to the inside of your bookmark, to cover up your loose threads.
6. Cut two adhesive back magnetic strips 2 1/4″ long, and adhere to inside of your bookmark, along the bottom edge.
To make the tassel:
Cut a length of embroidery floss 12″ long. Tie the ends together, and loop it through the hole in your bookmark, then through itself, to secure it in place. (Be sure the knot ends up at the top of the tassel!) Fold down 1 1/2″ of the floss, to create a loop at the top, and knot it in place. Make a french knot in the center of a small flower, do not cut your floss! Push your needle right through the knot in your tassle, and secure another flower to the other side, again with a french knot. Now, knot your floss one last time, between the two flowers, and cut it. (PS…If you’re worried about your flowers staying put, you can put just a drop of hot glue between them, too!)
LOVE it! I am a bookaholic, so this is a wonderful idea. Thanks!
My pleasure, Laura! Thanks for stopping by!!
Tana Lewis says
This is a great bookmark. Mine always manages to fall out or be pulled out of the book by some unknown force. I am going to try to make this project soon. Like maybe today before I tackle any large jobs or maybe in place of tackling large jobs. 🙂
YES! Tana! You are my kind of girl! Crafting ALWAYS comes before anything else!!
Gorgeous and fun! I’m always in awe of people like you who are so willing to share their creativity with others, especially for free! Thanks for all the great ideas – I make sure to always check in and see what new project you’re working on. 🙂
Stephanie! Comments like that make my day! Thanks so much and I look forward to seeing you here again soon!!
I just came across your site. Love this bookmark idea. IT’S UBER CUTE. My daughter in-law just gave me a bookmark like this which she bought at the bookstore and I’ve been thinking of making it. This would be a great teacher or co-worker’s gift for Christmas. Thanks Nikki for sharing this how-to with us
Yay, Yolanda! So happy you’re here!!
What a cute bookmark! I just love glitter, it adds the perfect finishing touch 🙂
Make handmade says
Love it. Thanks for sharing