If you like to both read and craft, this project should be up your street. I’m bringing you the idea for simple (though cute) DIY bookmarks. The whole project can be done in about 15 minutes! It’s also a great one to do with children, as it doesn’t require great manual skills. And it may encourage the little ones to both craft and read! You’ll need one of those floral hole cutters for this project, they can be found in craft stores or online and usually cost peanuts. They’re great to have overall, super useful in papercrafts!
When it comes to crafting tools and supplies, I often buy them on Aliexpress. Unless you’re under time pressure and need your supplies right now, Aliexpress should be a good choice for you. Yes, shipping from Aliexpress usually takes a few weeks. On the positive side though, shipping is usually free and the items are much cheaper than those you’ll find in local stores. For example, you can find these artistic cutters here for $0.95. I often find craft supplies to be massively overpriced in my local stores, so when I simply want to play around with something, I like to order stuff on Aliexpress and just patiently wait until they arrive.
Also, when my ordered items finally arrive, I often don’t even remember ordering them. Opening those little packages feels like Christmas came early!
Now, onto the actual project, shall we?
- 15×3 cm piece of thick paper for the base, any colour (I used white)
- semi-thick coloured paper for flowers
- floral hole punch
- regular dot hole punch
- craft glue
Start by cutting out a bunch of flowers with the flower punch and some dots with a regular punch in the coloured paper. I used around 50 flowers per bookmark, in case you want to estimate how many you’re going to need. It’s best to use paper that’s not completely thin, or the bookmarks won’t be durable (there will be parts of flowers sticking out from the base of the bookmark). At the same time, these little artistic punches often struggle with thick paper, so you need to find the middle ground that works with the cutter you have.
Glue some of the dots in the middle of flowers (I left some flowers without the middle dot to keep some variety).
Glue the flowers to the base of your bookmark, covering it all. Add a few dots here and there between the flowers to cover the base if it’s showing and to add shape variety.
Remember to let the glue dry before you use the bookmark!