How to Make Paper Flower Bookmarks

floral handmade bookmarks
Katherine Lee
Overview
  • Yield: 2 bookmarks
  • Skill Level: Kid-friendly

These beautiful bookmarks are a wonderful craft that even little ones can help make because they're so easy to create. It's amazing how a few simple materials such as colored paper, washi tape, and punched paper flowers can be transformed into these beautiful bookmarks. Kids will be able to unleash their creative side and choose the colors they want to use for the flowers and bookmarks. Follow these examples, or let kids design their own flower placement.

floral handmade bookmarks
Katherine Lee

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Flower punches in assorted sizes (1/2-inch, 1-inch and 1 1/2-inch)
  • Scissors, paper trimmer, or craft knife and self-healing mat
  • Hole punch (optional)
  • Paper trimmer (optional)

Materials

  • Assortment of colored paper
  • Cardboard (optional)
  • Washi tape
  • Glue dots
  • Ribbon (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cut the Bookmark Base

    You can use colored cardstock weight paper as your base, but if you want a heavier and sturdier bookmark that'll last you through lots of use, get some cardboard and glue colored paper on top of it.

    Tip

    Use the back of a writing pad, which is firm but can be cut easily.

    If you're using a cardboard base and colored paper, use a craft paper trimmer to cut the colored paper or draw a straight line and use scissors to make the cut. Cut one for each side for a total of two pieces.

    cut bookmark base
    Katherine Lee
  2. Seal Edges With Washi Tape

    Next, use glue dots to secure the colored paper to the cardboard and then seal the edges with washi tape. Kids may need help with this part, but the beauty of washi tape—aside from how pretty it looks—is that it's easy to remove and re-do.

    washi tape for making bookmark
    Katherine Lee
  3. Seal All Sides

    Go all around the bookmarks with the washi tape to seal the edges. Even if you're not using a cardboard base, putting washi tape on the edges will make the card stock paper bookmarks more sturdy and less likely to tear. If you want to add a ribbon to your bookmark, punch out a hole at the top and secure a ribbon.

    adding border to bookmark
    Katherine Lee

    Tip

    You may want to make bookmarks in various sizes for different-sized books. Bookmarks are shown in 8 1/2-inch and 7-inch lengths.

  4. Punch out Flowers and Arrange Them on the Bookmark

    Here comes the really fun part! Punch out flowers in different sizes and colors. Then, without gluing them down yet, arrange them on the bookmark to see which flowers you want where. 

    decorating bookmark
    Katherine Lee
  5. Begin Gluing Flowers

    Now you're ready to secure the flowers to the bookmark. Starting with the bigger blossoms, put a glue dot on the bottom of a flower and glue it to the bookmark. Lay the medium-size flowers on top of that, and then add the smallest flowers on the very top.

    decorating bookmark
    Katherine Lee
  6. Repeat with the Next Bookmark

    Do the same thing with the other bookmarks, always making sure you lay everything out before you begin gluing the flowers down.

    decorating bookmark
    Katherine Lee

Bookmarks for All Your Friends

These are so fun and easy to make, and your child may want to keep creating until you have a bunch. Even better, have your child make some for personal use so they can use them and be inspired to read more books (which is always a good thing!). If your child wants to skip the flowers, you can punch out hearts or other shapes or use different colors of washi tape and lay strips down at all angles for another cool look.

finished floral bookmarks
Katherine Lee