The summer is already gone and this means that I’ve got more time to spend on crafting!
Being a working mother it’s rather difficult to spare some time for crafting. My little boy kept me busy during the summer holidays. Of course, that’s not something to complain about.
Even though Greece is amazing during summer, the time has come to get back to work. It’s also the time when kids go to school and my little boy is also going to the kindergarden.
Inspired by that, I thought it would be a great idea to create something related to this period. More specifically, something that has to do with reading and books.
So, my new creation has to do with bookmarks! An easy and beautiful object that doesn’t take a lot of time to make.
Besides that, you only need very cheap materials and, needless to say, your best mood!
Today, I’m going to show you how to make bookmarks with decoupage paper! In case you’re wondering what decoupage is, there are some article like this one to get you started.
Where do we start?
Materials we’re going to need
Tools to make our bookmarks
How to make bookmarks with decoupage paper
The first thing I want to do is to cut a thick cardboard into stripes, about 5 cm each.
If you choose this cardboard size you should expect to make around 5-6 bookmarks.
Next, I use the punch to make small holes where I’m going to pass ribbons through them. These holes have only decoration purpose.
Now it’s time to select a piece of paper with a nice pattern to stick on the cardboard stripes.
I printed several designs so that I’ve got different bookmarks!
What I did, is fairly simple. Besides the designs I found via internet, I also bought a few sheets of beautiful decoupage paper from a local store. Most of the designs have to do with beach, flowers, art etc. You can also take inspiration from different decoupage projects that I published in the past like on wood or on glass surface.
So, I cut the paper on the same dimensions as the cardboard stripe. Once I finish, I use stick glue to stick the paper with the design on the stripe. Quick and easy!
This isn’t a necessary step but it adds a few beautiful elements to the bookmark.
I wrote some quotes on my computer using a regular word processing software (like Microsoft Word), with different font types and sizes.
Next, I print the quotes on a regular printer paper and I cut every single word with a pair of scissors. Finally, I simply glue the cut quotes on the bookmark as per below pictures.
Now comes my favorite part. Decoration!!
I pass my colorful and pretty ribbons through the holes that I made in the beginning with the punch.
Next, I stick small wooden (or metal) elements on the bookmark. You can stick whatever you prefer as long as you like it. On some other bookmarks I sew macrame on them. In fact, this is a technique that I’ll show you on a future project.
Tip: You can use different types and shape of craft punches. There are a lot of patterns to choose from. For example, you can make a hole with a heart or a star pattern.
At this step, you can either stop or you can simply continue adding elements. There’s no right or wrong way with crafting anyway.
What you can do at this stage, is to emphasize some points with acrylic colors. Take a fine brush and paint the spots that you believe they need more personality.
And that’s it!! How did you like it???
And here are the rest of the bookmarks that I made, same way as the above.
Few tips before you go
- If you want to make this bookmark last in time, here’s what you need to do just before gluing the wooden / metal object on the bookmark.
- Laminate the bookmark and then stick on it either wooden or metal elements. Your bookmark, your choice!
- If you used simple stick glue for sticking the decorated paper on the bookmark, avoid using any type of varnish. The paper is going to get blisters and that’s going to be the end of your bookmark.
- In case you want to use decoupage glue:
- You must wet your printed paper sheet first
- Apply decoupage glue on the stripe
- Take the wet printed sheet, stick it on the stripe and spread the decoupage glue on it.
- Wait for it to dry and then color the bookmark with acrylic colors.
- Once you’re done with it, you can make 2-3 passes with water varnish to make it durable. For more instructions you can read an older article on how to decoupage on metal object with stone wash effect.
I look forward to your thoughts! I wish you a great crafting time!! ☺