Simple DIY Bookmarks

Simple DIY Bookmarks

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!

Simple DIY flower bookmarks - using the bookmark

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?

You’ll need:

  • 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

Simple DIY flower bookmarks - supplies

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.

Simple DIY flower bookmarks - piles of paper flowers

Glue some of the dots in the middle of flowers (I left some flowers without the middle dot to keep some variety).

Simple DIY flower bookmarks - preparing the flowers

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.

Simple DIY flower bookmarks - beginning to glue the flowers to the bookmark

Simple DIY flower bookmarks - glueing the flowers onto a piece of paper

Remember to let the glue dry before you use the bookmark!

Simple DIY flower bookmarks - work in progress

Simple DIY flower bookmarks - bookmark in a book

Simple DIY flower bookmarks - in a book

Completed three watercolour bookmarks
Watercolour bookmarks
Holding a DIY Harry Potter wand
DIY Harry Potter wand
DIY Pusheen pillow on a sofa
Pusheen pillow
A painted colourful acrylic gecko on a canvas
Gecko acrylic painting

40 thoughts on “Simple DIY Bookmarks

    1. Thank you! 😊 Yes, I got that idea and decided to give it a go – turned out better than expected! And it’s always great to have a nice bookmark at hand! πŸŒΈπŸ““

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    1. Ah, so do I, if I’m too lazy to get up and walk to my bookmark stash haha! But when I’m not feeling lazy, I like to use something decent and pretty instead πŸ™‚

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        1. Interesting! The brass bookmark looks fancy, but I get why it probably doesn’t treat the book well. It’s a nice gadget to have in a home library, but I guess tags and receipts are actually more practical.

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          1. It really doesn’t treat the books well. It looks nice, but no.
            I think your nicely crafted bookmarks are nice. I would just feel bad if I dropped it on the floor of my bus. In winter the floor can be pretty dirty from all the melted snow.
            Maybe when you publish a book, you could include your bookmarks.

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          2. Ooh, now that’s a great idea! I’ve always wanted to publish some books, now I think that if I ever make a crafty one, I’ll include templates for a DIY bookmark! πŸ™‚

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