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50 Unique DIY Bookmark Ideas: Designs for Every Reader

A collection of DIY bookmark ideas where your love of books meets creativity! Creating your bookmarks is an easy, fun way to add a personal touch to your reading experience. They are also a fantastic and easy handmade gift idea.

Bookmark Themes

Handmade bookmarks make a wonderful gift for any book lover in your life, from family members to friends, and offer endless possibilities to express your individuality. The posts look at different ways to create bookmarks, from simple designs that require minimal materials to more elaborate creations that make the book pages stand out.

​The different crafting themes for bookmarks are endless; the only limit is your imagination. This collection has bookmark designs for every season and vacation, from Valentine’s heart corners to Easter bunny and summer flower pots. Or how about making a bookmark to reflect your favourite fictional Characters from Harry Potter to the Cat in The Hat?

Grid pin of examples of handmade bookmarks from cactus to woven bookmarks and jewellwery bookmarks and Sashiko denim bookmark. Pin

Types of Bookmarks

  • Paper/Fabric Bookmarks: Start with a simple piece of decorated paper. To make it fun, add fluffy pom-poms or string tassels.
  • Craft Stick Bookmarks: For a stronger bookmark, use popsicle sticks. You can paint or glue things onto them.
  • Corner Bookmarks: These fit right over the corner of your page. You can make them from paper or fabric to last longer.
  • Paper Clip Bookmarks: Decorate and use a large paper clip to keep your place.
  • Elastic Bookmarks: These stretch around your whole book so they won’t fall out.

Common Materials Used

The beauty of DIY bookmarks is that they can be personalised and are so small that they don’t need much crafting materials. There is no need to go to the craft store. You will be bound to have the things you already need in your home to make a fabulous bookmark.

  • Paper: Use any pretty paper you have lying around, from scrapbook paper to old road maps.
  • Fabric Scraps: Bits of cloth from other projects, including denim, are perfect.
  • Yarn: Leftover yarn can make cute tassels or decorations. You can even weave, crochet, or knit a bookmark.
  • Craft Sticks: Good for making stronger bookmarks.
  • Leather Scraps: For robust and stylish-looking bookmarks.
  • Large Paper Clips: Easy to use, and you can decorate them in fun ways.
  • Felt: Great for making durable and colourful bookmarks.

Unique DIY Bookmark Ideas for Every Reader

Enhance your reading experience with handmade DIY bookmarks. From simple, cute designs to creative masterpieces, discover endless possibilities to mark your pages in style. Perfect for book lovers of all ages!

Making homemade bookmarks is fun to show off your creativity and love for books. Whether crafting for yourself or making a gift for a friend, endless ideas exist. Every bookmark is a small piece of your own story. It’s an easy and rewarding project for book lovers everywhere.

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Wednesday 3rd of April 2024

So many cute ideas on here!

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 4th of April 2024

Yes, thank you so much I had fun compiling them.

Donna @ Modern on Monticello

Wednesday 3rd of April 2024

I seem to always be looking for a bookmark and these are such great ideas and keepsakes. Thanks for sharing the list. This post will be a feature this week. #HomeMattersParty

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 4th of April 2024

Thank you so much, I look forward to seeing it.


Wednesday 3rd of April 2024

Wow! What a fabulous selection of bookmarks. One for everyone!

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 3rd of April 2024

Yes, so many different designs to choose from. Thank you so much.


Tuesday 2nd of April 2024

I love all of these wonderful ideas! Such creative and beautiful ideas! Pam

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 3rd of April 2024

Thank you so much. Bookmarks are always handy.

Elena Wiggins

Saturday 30th of March 2024

So many beautiful bookmark ideas! I love watercoloring a little scene and monogramming it for a friend as a little gift I can easily send in the mail. I also love collecting wildflowers with my kids, pressing them, and then putting them in between contact paper to make bookmarks too. Such a fun project.


Claire Armstrong

Sunday 31st of March 2024

Your waterclour bookmarks sound like a lovely handmade gift1