How to Make a Geisha Paper Doll Bookmark

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How to Make a Geisha Paper Doll Bookmark
Find an image of a Geisha to help you to create your paper doll bookmark. (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Make a Geisha paper doll bookmark to give as a special gift because you know the recipient loves to read and is fascinated by Japanese culture. There are several easy ways of making a Geisha paper doll bookmark and you don't have to be an artist to create one.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Royalty-free image
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Coloured card or handcrafted paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Glue stick
  • Hole puncher
  • Satin ribbon or silk tassel
  • Assorted coloured paper
  • Giftwrap
  • Tracing paper (optional)
  • Decorative craft items (optional)

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Instructions

    Ready Made Image Bookmark

  1. 1

    Find a picture you like of a Geisha online using a royalty-free website -- like iStockphoto.com or freedigitalphotos.com -- so that you can download the image for free or for a small fee. Enlarge the image if necessary. Print out the picture of the Geisha you've chosen.

  2. 2

    Cut around the outline of the image of the Geisha carefully with a pair of scissors.

  3. 3

    Choose a sheet of coloured card or handcrafted paper which complements the image of your Geisha. Use pastel-coloured textured paper for example, or floral paper with an Asian feel that would go nicely with the Japanese theme.

  4. 4

    Measure a rectangle shape out of your sheet of cards or paper with a pencil and ruler that is big enough to frame the Geisha image. Center the Geisha image on top of the paper and glue it.

  5. 5

    Personalise your bookmark by writing a greeting on it in Japanese-style letters. Punch a hole through the top or bottom of the bookmark with a hole puncher and tie a satin ribbon or silk tassel through the punched hole to complete the Geisha paper doll bookmark.

    Collage Bookmark

  1. 1

    Refer to an image of a Geisha to help you create your paper collage paper doll bookmark.

  2. 2

    Cut out a rectangle shape the size of a standard bookmark, which should be 2 inches wide and 6 inches long, from a sheet of your chosen paper.

  3. 3

    Take a sheet of black paper or a thin black card and draw the outline shape of a Geisha's hairstyle, which looks like a bun sitting on top of another bun. (Trace the outline off of an image, if you can't draw.) Cut out the hairstyle shape and put it aside for later.

  4. 4

    Cut a face shape out of white-, cream- or lemon-coloured paper. Leave blank or draw in two curved lines for the eyebrows and a black dot for the eyes to keep it simple. Draw in a pair of full lips and colour in red with a red marker pen.

  5. 5

    Choose a sheet of gift paper which has an ornate pattern on it. Draw or trace the outline shape of the Geisha's kimono and cut it out.

  6. 6

    Arrange the hair, face and kimono shape onto the plain bookmark. Using glue, glue each of the parts down to complete your Geisha paper doll bookmark.

    Computer Aided Design Bookmark

  1. 1

    Open a new Word document. Set your page layout via the custom menu to create a paper size equivalent to a standard-sized bookmark.

  2. 2

    Search through your clip art program for a Geisha image and select it. Click and drag it to your page. Re-size it if necessary by dragging the arrows on the editing frame of the clip art image.

  3. 3

    Type the recipient's name, a greeting or a verse on your bookmark, if desired.

  4. 4

    Print your computer designed bookmark.

  5. 5

    Cut the bookmark out and frame it on a slightly larger sheet of handcrafted paper. Personalise the bookmark with ribbons or decorative craft items to finish.

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