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3 Adorably Simple DIY Bookmarks

Bookmarks always seem like a classic gift. I’ve given more than my fair share when I was growing up – and received equally as many. But I was never really much of a reader, so I never really got that much use out of them. As I’m getting older, though, I’m certainly reading more than I used to… and recognizing just how necessary these simple little objects really are!

I’ve found myself folding over the pages to my book to hold my spot – which is totally fine – but it has me yearning for a pretty bookmark. So I’ve come up with three adorably simple bookmarks to make, whether for yourself or for that book-loving friend of yours.

The first one actually requires a book in order to make it! Take a leaf or flower and press it in a book for about a week. Then, cut a piece of card stock into a bookmark-appropriate size, and use Mod Podge to adhere the leaf or flower to it! You may need to do a couple of coats in order for it to lay properly.

DIY bookmark

The Mod Podge caused the card stock to curl up a little bit around the edges — I love the vintage feeling this evokes.

DIY bookmark

For the next bookmark, I used just one twig that I had spray-painted gold, as well as some cotton string — I had some leftover pieces that I dyed with coffee and tea last week. I tied a whole bunch of pieces of string to the twig and the cut them so that they were shorter at the edges and longer in the middle. It took a fair while to tie all the pieces of string, but it’s a really soothing activity — perfect to do while just chilling and listening to music, or hanging out with friends. This would actually make a really beautiful wall hanging!

DIY bookmark

DIY bookmark
I love how some pieces hang out of the book when it’s closed.

DIY bookmark
For my third and final bookmark, I used a twig that was painted white, a small feather, a tiny piece of a dried plant, some mint-colored string, and some teal lanyard.

DIY bookmark

Here’s how I put it together — kind of like a little fishing rod.DIY bookmark

DIY bookmark
And there you have it — 3 simple bookmark ideas! Which will you be making… and how will you put your own spin on it? :)

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Roxy Roundhouse -January 27, 2014, 7:26AM

Very lovely, earthy bookmarks. I wish it was green enough here in Montreal that i could do this.
Nothing better than a good book on a snowy day. and wow is it snowing today.

Roxy xox

Juliette Laura -January 27, 2014, 8:43AM

Oh these are so so cute! I adore the first.

xo, Juliette Laura

meg -January 27, 2014, 8:45AM

The pressed flower is my fav!

Bonnie -January 27, 2014, 11:39AM

Lovely ideas but not good for the spine of the books; as a bibliophile; I would only use the first one

Beka -January 27, 2014, 1:21PM

These are lovely, but I’d be afraid the last two would damage a book over time. They would be best used in a book left open like in the pictures so it would preserve the book’s spines & add decorative flair.

Milka -January 27, 2014, 1:24PM

Loved the one with the twig and yarn. Something about all that yarn sticking out of the book when it’s closed made me smile.

Sara -January 27, 2014, 8:29PM

I love the feather on the last one! So creative!

Blakelee -January 27, 2014, 9:02PM

So sweet! I love how it holds more meaning than just holding a place in a book. These are just as beautiful as the stories in the books!


lynn -January 27, 2014, 10:13PM

OOOOOOOOOOOOH MY!!! I absolutely love this diy!! I have to make myself many of those!! Thank you for the idea!

Violet -January 28, 2014, 12:22AM

Wow! These are amazing! I am going to make these the very chance I get… For my self!

DIYEARTE♦DIY -January 28, 2014, 6:45AM

beautiful ideas ♥♥


The Hair Care Pro -January 30, 2014, 11:32AM

Cute! It’s time for me to make or buy a new one–dropped my favorite bookmark in the tub :)

diane -February 6, 2014, 1:11AM

Would you please do a follow up post to this that gives ideas for ribbon, paper and/or thin fabric bookmarks that will keep your place with out stressing the spines of beloved books?

Bookmarks need to be so thin that you cannot tell there is something in the book except that there is something sticking out the top. There is no visible gap when you look at the pages.

JoAnne Murphy -March 8, 2014, 1:37PM

I like your pressed flower/herb bookmark and I have another suggestion. I take a leaf, flower and or herb and use flower pounding technique to pound these onto watercolor paper. The herbs leave a scent that lasts quite a while and the bookmark is flat. I then punch a hole in the top of the shaped bookmark and tie ribbon or string, beads etc to the top, to dangle out of the book. Hope you enjoy this idea.

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