How to Make Your Own Free Bookmarks

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How to Make Your Own Free Bookmarks
Bookmarks are a great way to keep your place in a book after you've finished reading for the day. (libro 2 image by Giuseppe Porzani from

Bookmarks are made from materials such as cardstock or heavy plastic and measure two by eight inches. They are used to hold your place in a book while reading. Bookmarks are also a great way to inspire you while reading, especially if the bookmark matches the book in some way.

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Things you need

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Glue, paste or rubber cement
  • Computer paper
  • A printer
  • Old magazines
  • Workable fixative spray
  • Hole punch

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    Cut out a piece of cardboard. It should be two by eight inches, but you can make your own shapes and sizes as well. You can use old cereal boxes or even something a little thicker. Don't worry if there are pictures on one side as you'll be covering them up later on.

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    Search online and through old books and magazines for artwork and photos you'd like to use. For smaller images, you may use them to make a collage on one or both sides of your bookmark. If you're using images from the Internet or your personal computer, print them in high quality on regular computer paper. Printing on cardstock or photo paper may make the bookmark too thick and it could fall apart.

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    Put your images off to the side and grab a sheet of normal, unused computer paper. Cut the paper close to the same as your cardboard so that it will cover the cardboard front or back as well as the sides. Do this for both the front and back of your bookmark and paste them onto the cardboard. Make sure the paper is flat and that there are no bumps or air pockets. This is so there is a solid backdrop behind your images and to keep your pictures from falling off after they've been used.

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    Allow the paste, glue or rubber cement to dry completely. Add your images onto the bookmark in whichever way you like. You can do a collage and even add bits of fabric, glitter or small shape cutouts. Once you have everything where you want it, glue them in place one at a time, allowing the glue to dry for each layer. If you work too fast it could ruin the bookmark by tearing your images or lifting them back up off the cardboard.

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    Punch a hole at the top of your bookmark with a single hole punch, but don't put the tassel in yet. To keep your bookmark from falling apart and to make it look a little better, spray a thin clear coat of craft spray on both sides. You can find this spray, called a workable fixative, around the watercolours and pastels of most craft stores.

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    Tie your tassel on once the spray has dried. If any part of the bookmark looks damaged or you notice that it's not as shiny in some areas, you can apply another coat of fixative.

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