Many book-lovers think it is a sin to crease the page corners, so a handmade bookmark will be an appreciated gift. Plus, it's inexpensive and doesn't take much time to create. You can use a variety of paper for this, whether it's plain or colorful, matte or shiny. Construction paper, crepe paper, or tissue paper are perfectly acceptable, but if you want something fancier, check out paper options at your local art supply store.
Equipment / Tools
- Bone folder (optional)
- 1 sheet scrapbook paper
- Floral embellishment of your choice
Cut a 7-Inch Square From Paper
Cut a 7-inch square from the scrapbook paper of your choice. Place the square printed side down.
Fold the Square Over
Place the square printed side down and fold in half as shown in the picture below.
Fold the Paper Again
Open the paper square, keeping the printed side down. Fold the left corner inward at the centerfold, and then fold the right corner at the centerfold. Make sure you have crisp creases.
A bone folder will help you get the creases as crisp as possible.
Make Sure the Printed Side of the Paper Is Visible
Fold the square in half again. The printed side should be on both sides of the bookmark.
Fold the Project Again in the Middle
Determine the middle point of the folded long edge. Take the right end and fold it downward at the middle point.
Fold the Paper Downward
Fold the left end downward at the middle point. Your origami project should now look like the photo below.
Tuck and Crease the Bookmark
Pick up the origami project and open up on the bottom. Tuck the right end into the opening and crease sharply.
Tuck and Crease the Left Side
Tuck the left end into the bottom opening and crease sharply.
The Completed Look
Your bookmark should look like the picture. If it doesn't, don't despair! It can take a couple of tries to get it right. Once you get the hang of it, you can make this in less than a minute.
If you want to jazz up your bookmark, you can glue on an embellishment of your choice. We think the white paper flower makes the bookmark extra special.
Package the Bookmarks
When you give your bookmarks to your friends and acquaintances as gifts, the right kind of packaging makes the marker look that much more unique. Put them in a clear plastic gift bag, then staple the bag together at the top. Add a printed bag topper with your particular sentiment. The bookmarks will look like they came from a boutique gift store!