Easy DIY Bookmarks!

I love to read and I do it frequently. You can only imagine how many bookmarks I have gone through in my life. The paper ones tear, the metal ones discolor the pages, the wooden ones break… I had to come up with a better idea because these are just not working out for me.  So, I’ve seen people make magnets using this same technique and I decided I could use it to make bookmarks.  It is super easy and only takes a few minutes (excluding the time you are waiting for the glue to dry.)

 

 

 

 

Things You Will Need:

A pattern or design: I made mine with Photoshop but you can search the internet to find some cute ones to print out. I’ve also seen people use scrapbook paper.

Scissors

Glass tiles: I found mine on Amazon but I am sure you could find them at a craft store. You can get whatever shape you prefer.

Large paper clips: You can find these at any store that sells office supplies.

Diamond Glaze (water-based, dimensional adhesive): Again, I found this on Amazon but I’m sure your local craft store will carries it. By the way, I have also seen people use Mod Podge for this technique but I haven’t tried it yet.

Hot melt glue (optional): I used this to glue on the paper clip but I’m sure you could use the Diamond Glaze if you had a prop.

 

 

Step 1:

First, you are going to need a pattern or design. Cut out the design. Make your edges are neatly trimmed and that it does not extend the edges of your glass tile.

 

Step 2:

This is the hardest step but it is not difficult. Flip your tile over so that the round side is on the flat surface. Add a small dot of glue on the back side of the tile and press the design against the back. Make sure the glue makes its way to the edges.  Then, add a thick amount of glue on the back of the design like in the picture above. Make sure you cover the entire surface so that the design does not lift.

 

Step 3:

Wait for the glue on the back of the tile to dry. This can take anywhere from thirty minutes to a few hours depending on the glue you’ve chosen. Mine took about 30 minutes. At this point you can use a prop and lay the large paper clip in the glue and wait or you can wait until the next step to glue on the paper clip.

 

Step 4:

At this point you glue should be dry. When you flip over the tile it should look something like this. If the design exceeds the edges of the tile this is the point where you will want to cut around it and clean up the appearance.

 

Step 5:

If you haven’t added the paper clip already we will do that here. Get some hot melt glue and adhere the two together. At this point, I am regretting not adding the paper clip in the last step because the hot melt glue is looking pretty messy. Note to self.

 

The finished product looks cute and functions the way I want it to.

 

I really enjoyed making these and the results make me happy as well. The one on the far left is my favorite!  I am sure you will see plenty more of my crafts using this technique. If you decide to make any of these I would love to see them! Please tag me if you post them.

19 thoughts on “Easy DIY Bookmarks!

  1. Megan, this is remarkable! Finesse, attention to detail and great utility.

    Thank you for sharing these little things. Truly appreciated!

    Your blog has quickly moved up to my Top 5 reads before hitting SnoozeLand. 🙂

    • Awe, that’s so nice of you! I truly am glad you enjoy it.

      You should try making these if you are a reader. They are really easy to make.

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  3. Loved the idea, I tried it out and the only thing I’d add is that if you want to neaten the appearance, you can use something like cotton or a light canvas to glue to the back in order to cover the exposed part of the clip which is attached to the button. Just cut the fabric and spread some glue over it then adhere to the button. Not a big deal but I thought it looked neater in the end.

    • Thanks for the insight. I appreciate it. After I adhered the paper clip and finished the tutorial I added more diamond glaze to the back because the appearance bothered me as well. That seemed to work well to clean it up.

  4. For some reason none of the photo’s in this DYI are opening due to which am finding it difficult to understand the instructions. I’d really appreciate it if you could mail it to me or something. i love reading books and you idea and really wanna try out these bookmarks!

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  6. I blog quite often and I genuinely thank you for your content. This article has truly peaked my interest. I will bookmark your website and keep checking for new details about once per week. I subscribed to your Feed as well.

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