Tuesday, July 8, 2014

DIY Book Bookmark

No, the title is not a typo.  This is a bookmark made from a book!  I saw an image of this pinned on Pinterest, and the original credit goes to Green Paper for such an awesome idea.  I decided to make my own, and you can too!

You will need:
  • A book, preferably an old book in horrible shape that no one would want (for example, my Unemployment: A Problem of Industry was so rough that not even law students were desperate enough to save it from the stack of free books in the law library)
  • Heavy card stock
  • Glue (I used basic Elmer's)
  • Ribbon
  • Box cutter
  • Scissors

Open your book to the middle and place it face down.  Use your box cutter to cut the spine on both sides.

Take your scissors and trim up any shaggy bits.

Glue the spine onto your card stock.  I chose a matching color, but you can mix it up - try a pattern!

Trim the excess paper around the spine.  Then, let the two pieces dry together underneath something flat and heavy... an old (spineless) book perhaps.

Once the bookmark is dry, take your box cutter and cut a tiny rectangle out near the top of the spine, only as wide as the ribbon you are using.  If this part feels a little tricky, try using your box cutter to make slow, small stabs into the book spine.  This lets you have more control over how big the incision is, letting you be more precise.

Thread the ribbon through the hole and cut and tie it off.

Ta da!  How easy is that?  And, if you feel really ambitious, you can use up the rest of the book by making the pages into art!

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