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DIY bookmarks

August 12, 2010
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I haven’t done one of these crafty posts in a while, and I’m almost embarrassed that this is the sort of reintroductory post, the craft is so easy.

I’ve done this craft at least three times and my teens always enjoy it. It’s fast and easy enough that they can make several bookmarks during the program.

All credit for this craft goes to the awesome Mary Ann, who shared it at a YA services meeting a few years ago. And who also supplied me with the most important material required.

Materials

The Really, Really Easy method

  1. Find an image you like.
  2. Peel the strip from your Kapco scrap and place it over the image.
  3. Cut out your new bookmark.
  4. The edges are sharp, so use a corner rounder if you want rounded edges.

sadly, I can't use this one in every book...

The Slightly Less Easy method, aka Collage Time!

  1. Find a background you like, whether it’s the monochromatic background of an ad or nice scenery or whatever.
  2. Find letters/words/phrases and/or smaller images that you would like to include on your bookmark.
  3. Paste the smaller pieces on the background with a glue stick.
  4. Follow steps two through four of The Really, Really Easy method.

For both bookmarks, if you don’t like what’s on the reverse side of the image, just find something to cover it up, place another Kapco scrap of the same size over it, and you have a bookmark that looks good on both sides.

And trust me, the teens’ bookmarks will look much better than mine.

Here’s another bookmark, made by a co-worker.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. August 12, 2010 11:52 pm

    These may be easy, but they’re cool! And I, too, wish I could love, love, love every book… but alas!

    • August 13, 2010 9:42 am

      The teens enjoy it, which is what matters most, so that’s good.

      And maybe I should use that bookmark all the time and hope the power of positive thinking rubs off.

  2. Kristi permalink
    August 13, 2010 5:02 am

    Ooh, yes! I’ve done this with my teens a few times, and now they’re always asking me when we’ll have enough scraps to do it again. I give them all the old magazines we’ve weeded to cut up, plus a huge box full of scrapbook papers (donated by my mom, a professional scrapbook designer, which comes in REALLY handy when I want to do unique paper crafts). I always love seeing what they come up with, and with the plastic cover scraps they’re really durable.

    • August 13, 2010 9:46 am

      Your mom’s a professional scrapbook designer? How cool!

      I think seeing what the teens come up with is always the best part. They’re so creative, and many times, they put things together in ways I would have never thought of on my own.

  3. August 13, 2010 8:43 am

    I love doing crafts like this! But I’d end up sad because I lose bookmarks constantly. (Thus, many of my books are instead marked with disposable things like candy wrappers.)

    • August 13, 2010 9:48 am

      I used to lose bookmarks all the time, too. Then again, losing a bookmark would be a good excuse to make some more of them, right?🙂

  4. missprint permalink
    August 13, 2010 11:30 am

    A nice short and sweet craft. I’ve noticed you can’t really go wrong with collage crafts and this looks like a great one with really low overheard besides.

    • August 14, 2010 1:26 pm

      This is one of the cheapest crafts I do (along with the marbled paper). We don’t use Kapco covers in my library, but a nice thing about being part of a library system is that other libraries do, and they’re willing to share.

      Agree about collage crafts. Teens have fun + a good way to put old magazines to use.

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