Get Crafty: DIY Bookmarks for Every Reader

By Ashley Rands, Marketing

Bookmarks are more than just placeholders in a book; they’re an opportunity for self-expression and creativity. Instead of using random pieces of paper or dog-eared pages, why not make your own DIY bookmarks? Not only are they functional, but they also add a personal touch to your reading experience. In this blog, I’ll share some fun and easy DIY bookmark ideas that you can try at home. Get ready to unleash your inner artist and make some unique bookmarks!

Paperclip Charm Bookmark:


  • Large decorative paperclip
  • Assorted charms or beads
  • Thin wire or jewelry pliers
  • Ribbon or string (optional)


  • Choose your favorite charms or beads.
  • Thread them onto the wire, leaving a small loop at the end.
  • Bend the wire into a hook shape or twist it around the top of the paperclip.
  • Attach the charm to the paperclip securely.
  • Optionally, tie a ribbon or string around the paperclip for an extra touch of elegance.
  • Your paperclip charm bookmark is ready to use!
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Washi Tape Bookmark:

Washi Tape


  • Plain cardstock or heavy paper
  • Washi tape in assorted colors/patterns
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch (optional)
  • Ribbon or yarn (optional)


  • Cut the cardstock into your desired bookmark shape (rectangular, rounded corners, etc.).
  • Start covering one side of the bookmark with strips of washi tape, overlapping slightly for a layered effect.
  • Trim any excess tape with scissors.
  • Optionally, punch a hole at the top of the bookmark and thread a ribbon or yarn through for decoration.
  • Your washi tape bookmark is ready to mark your pages in style!

Check out the Washi Tape Shop for other ways to make bookmarks using the tape.

Fabric Scrap Bookmark:


  • Fabric scraps in various colors/patterns
  • Fusible interfacing or fabric glue
  • Iron (if using fusible interfacing)
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon or yarn (optional)


  • Cut your fabric scraps into strips or squares of similar size.
  • If using fusible interfacing, iron it onto the back of the fabric scraps according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Arrange the fabric scraps in a pleasing pattern on a piece of fusible interfacing or fabric glue.
  • Press with an iron to adhere the scraps together.
  • Trim any excess interfacing/fabric.
  • Optionally, attach a ribbon or yarn to the top of the bookmark for decoration.
  • Your fabric scrap bookmark is ready to add a pop of color to your reading!

Check out some more ideas on using fabric for bookmarks:

With these simple DIY bookmarks, you can add a touch of personality to your reading routine. Whether you prefer a minimalist paperclip charm or a vibrant washi tape creation, there’s a bookmark style for everyone. So gather your materials, unleash your creativity, and make some personalized bookmarks to accompany you on your literary adventures! Happy crafting!