While spending an afternoon curled up with a good book and a warm mug of tea might seem like the most perfect way to have a self-care day, choosing from a selection of your own handmade bookmarks might just make that experience even more enjoyable. Also, a targeted bookmark craft time pre-reading session can also help your little ones feel more ownership toward their own reading goals -- and help them focus longer. To prepare for your next read, whether it’s a few pages before bed or ticking off another assigned summer reading book, try a few of the tutorials below to create your own customized bookmarks to make your experience a little more special.
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Fabric and Elastic Bookmark
For a clever way to put your fabric scraps to use, create a few elastic bookmarks. This craft can definitely be hand-stitched, but break out the sewing machine if you plan to make more than one; you’ll save yourself a ton of time.
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To encourage kids to dive-in to their independent reading books, host a bookmark craft session first. These easy lightsaber versions are super simple -- use washable markers to decorate craft sticks and add a bit of metallic detail. Don't have a young Star Wars fan in your household? Try making craft stick animals, flowers, or people instead.Continue to 5 of 17 below.
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DIY Tassel Bookmarks
Making your own tassels is meditative and effortless, especially when you employ a plastic tassel maker. Take a cue from Apricot Polkadot and create two-tiered tassels for a little extra oomph. Whip up a few to top strips of fabric (or sturdy cardstock) to fashion a complete set of cute DIY-ed bookmarks.
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These playful kitties pop over your book’s pages with the help of some clever cutouts. Use a sharp craft knife to release each cat’s paws, and bend them forward slightly before sneaking into your novel.
Pro tip: Use a very heavyweight construction paper or cardstock for this craft to prevent ripping and ruining your cute cats.
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Rainbow Corner Bookmark
A perfectly accessible do-it-yourself for children, this paper rainbow corner bookmark provides a colorful way for kids to further engage in their first chapter books. For a craft with a little more longevity, run this paper creation through the laminator and trim tightly around the edges.
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Faux Leather Personalized Bookmarks
Mimic the look of real leather with textured polymer clay. Clay is much easier to work with than leather for beginners and can be easily customized with alphabet stamps. Don’t forget to bake your finished bookmarks for the instructed time for a project that lasts.Continue to 9 of 17 below.
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Shark Fin Bookmark
Perfect to slip inside of a novel, this shark fin craft stick bookmark lends a fun aquatic illusion to a classic adventure story (think: Peter Pan or Treasure Island). Don’t skip the glittered wave detail, by the way, it really brings this whimsical project to life.
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Strategically-assembled paper bears peek from your books’ pages thanks to this easy tutorial. This is a great project for kids working on their scissor skills, but is definitely doable for littler ones, too. Be sure to have an adult wield the scissors before encouraging kids to paste each part together to successfully build each bear.
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Felt Earth Elastic Bookmark
Felt is a fantastic medium for beginning-sewers, and this straightforward bookmark craft is a terrific exercise to strengthen hand-stitch skills. Use your finished felt earth elastic bookmark in a textbook or academic tome -- it works especially well in a thicker volume.
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Pressed Flower Bookmarks
Bring a bit of natural beauty to your bookcase with a set of pressed flower bookmarks. This particular pretty project uses clear contact paper to truly showcase the organic beauty pressed blooms -- no background color or pattern needed.Continue to 13 of 17 below.
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Tassel, Pom Pom, and Patterned Bookmarks
Clear your leftover craft supplies by creating a coordinating set of multi-patterned, color-clashing bookmarks. Stick to either bold hues, pastels, or neutrals for a bit of cohesion, and don’t hesitate to make your own tassels and pom poms from extra bits of embroidery floss. A collection of harmonized bookmarks makes a wonderful gift, too.
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Fruit Corner Bookmarks
These adorable fruit-inspired corner bookmarks look positively professional thanks to a digital cutting machine, but a sharp craft knife and a bit of patience can substitute for the machine just as well. Spray your finished pieces with a non-corrosive clear coat to add a little shine and keep your cardstock from bending.
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Mermaid Tail Bookmark
Craft foam is a fantastic kids’ craft medium: it’s more durable than paper, doesn’t fray like fabric, and comes in a ton of different colors. Use cookie cutters to trace fun shapes onto medium-weight craft foam, then decorate and paste onto a craft stick for a fast, easy, kid-friendly bookmark.
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Paint Chip Bookmark
For an eye-catching ombre-effect bookmark, start with a gratis paint chip courtesy of your hardware store. These make sturdy bookmarks thanks to their textured, durable paper, but seal them in clear sticky paper to make sure they last through many different novels.