Monday, September 29, 2014

DIY Watercolor Bookmarks

As some of you may know, I currently package every art order with a handmade bookmark made by yours truly. I had to make some more today because I ran out, so I thought I would show you all how to make your own! 

 Here are the supplies you'll need: 
-Paper (cardstock or watercolor paper so it is somewhat durable) 
-Paints, crayons, markers, etc (whatever you'd like to use to decorate your bookmarks!) 
-Pen or marker 
-Hole punch 
-Yarn, string, or ribbon to make a tassel 

 Start by cutting out the paper into strips to make bookmark length pieces.

 Next, decorate and paint to your heart out!  I made mine with abstract watercolor patterns :)

Be sure to set the bookmarks out to dry once you are done painting!  If you used watercolor paper and paints, they might curl up a bit.  Simply stick them under some books for a few hours (once they are completely dry), and they should flatten out nicely.

Once dry, you can add some fun sayings to the backs.  I put reading quotes from some of my favorite authors!  If you want to add a tassel, leave a little room at the top for a hole.

You can stop there if you want to just leave them like that.  But if you want to add a tassel, first hole punch the top of each bookmark.

Then add your tassels by cutting out strips of yarn or string and looping them through each hole.  If you want to make your tassels look like a traditional book tassel, check out this how to on wikihow.

And there you have it!  Now stick them in some pretty books and enjoy!

Have fun making your own bookmarks, and let me know what you think of this tutorial!


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Kendra, they are super fun to make, too!

  2. These are fabulous! Bookmarks are definitely on my list to add to my shop.

    1. Thanks! I'm think of making some nice ones to add to my shop, too, so you'll have to let me know if/when you make some for your shop!

  3. Hello! I added this tutorial to my blog if that's okay:

    1. Absolutely! I'm glad that you like it enough to put it on your blog :)