Swap out your dog-eared corners and scraps of paper for pretty bookmarks made from ribbons and beads. Homemade bookmarks make reading more enjoyable and help you preserve the quality of your books. Bookmarks also make excellent gifts for readers of all ages. Making homemade bookmarks is an easy and inexpensive craft project for children and adults.
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Knotted Ribbon Bookmark
Knotted ribbon bookmarks are simple and quick to make but look beautiful in books. Cut an 8- to 10-inch length of narrow to medium ribbon and tie a knot about 2 or 3 inches from one end. Thread several beads on that end and tie another knot at the end of the ribbon to keep the beads in place.
Multi-ribbon bookmarks are helpful when you want to mark several places in a book, such as Bible verses you want to return to or quotes you want to use later in an essay. Make a multi-ribbon bookmark by cutting two to five 2-foot lengths of narrow ribbon. Thread the narrow ribbons through a large bead and pull the bead to the centre of the ribbons. Next, tie the ribbons in a knot below the bead so the large bead forms the top of the bookmark. Slide a medium-sized bead up the ribbons and over the knot.
Clamped Ribbon Bookmark
Make a clamped ribbon bookmark by cutting 6 to 8 inches of a wide ribbon. Insert one end of the ribbon between a ribbon clamp and close the clamp with needle-nose pliers. Repeat for the other end of the wide ribbon. Then string 6 inches of a narrow ribbon through the hole in the ribbon clamp. Hold the two ends of the narrow ribbon together and thread beads through both of the ribbons. Tie the ends of the narrow ribbon in a knot.
Ribbon and Bead Tassels
You can also add a ribbon and bead tassel to a traditional bookmark for extra flair. Use a hole punch to make a hole in a bookmark constructed from laminated card stock, plastic or cardboard, then thread a 6-inch piece of narrow ribbon through the hole. Group the two ends of the ribbon together and thread several beads through both of the ribbons. Tie the ends of the ribbon in a knot.
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