I’ve made bookmarks that feature my own art as yet another way to share the happiness that is a JGoode doodle. They’re nice and thick and really easy to put together, plus they can even be made from recycled materials.
Here’s how to make your own handmade bookmark:
You will need
- an empty cereal box
- spray adhesive, xyron adhesive or other adhesive
- hole punch or crop-a-dile
- 1/8″ ribbon cut to an 8″ length
- scissors/paper cutter
- spray varnish
- designs to print or materials to hand draw your own designs
The key is to create the art and add the back before you cut each bookmark down to size.
- Cut your cereal box into two sheets small enough to run through your printer, or hand draw/create your design directly onto one sheet of the cardboard.
- Using adhesive, add the other piece of cereal box cardboard to the back side so you now have one side with art and the other side is a nice clean brown (as opposed to the printed side of the cereal box). For this step I use an xyron to add adhesive to the entire back of the sheet of cardboard.
- Cut down to size using your cutter, cut your bookmarks from the sheet, approximately 1.5″ x 7″
- I chose to use a crop-a-dile corner chopper to round the corners of my bookmarks (optional)
- Spray with varnish and let dry – you could also use laminate or run through your xyron to add a laminate before adding the final touches of your bookmarks (optional)
- Using a hole punch of crop-a-dile, puch a hole centered about 1/4″ from the top of each bookmark
- Here I added an eyelet, but you can skip this step if you’d like (optional)
- Add the ribbon
- fold ribbon in half
- push through hole in bookmark
- pull other end of ribbon up and through the loop you just put through the hole
- pull tight
If you are feeling really crafty, you could decoupage, collage or even stitch onto your bookmark cardboard instead of printing or coloring. The options are limitless!