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I think it is not a secret of any sorts that I love to read books. I mean I have a whole category dedicated to this and talk liberally on my blog about books that I am reading pretty much monthly here.
Sometimes I read eBooks. Which I am not going to lie that when eBooks began to take off, I was dead set against eBook reading.
Because I was a sucker for the feel of a real physical book in my hands.
That said kids happened and it truly became easier to download books from my local library in eBook format or buy them directly through Kindle or iBooks.
However, along the way, I got introduced to BOTM, as well as Quarterly. Both of these allow me to get my real physical book fix quenched. Plus, being a member Barnes and Noble has gotten me all sorts of discounts including coupons, as well as free shipping on book.
But when you read real hardcover and/or softcover books, you need a bookmark to hold your place.
While I have gotten free ones through BOTM and even Quarterly from their first box of the year, I refuse to pay good money for a book mark.
But then I got an idea to make my own DIY up cycled bookmark from supplies I had around my home.
This was an inexpensive and fun way to create my own bookmark for my reading pleasure.
How did I make my own DIY bookmark?
Read on to find out…
DIY Up Cycled Washi Tape Bookmark
• Recycled cardboard (I used from a cereal box)
• Hole Punch
1. Cut (using a old bookmark as a template) a bookmark from your recycled cardboard.
2. Using your washi tape begin to cover vertically your cardboard. Continue on the back and cut off excess.
3. Repeat #2 until the entire cardboard is covered with washi tape.
4. Then, with your hole punch, punch a whole in the center top portion of the washi tape covered cardboard bookmark
5. Now, feed through yarn knotting at the bottom of the whole. Then knot close to the top. Cut off excess from the top, but leave enough for yarn to make a ribbon effect.
6. Begin to read your book, using your new washi bookmark to hold your place.
7. Happy Reading!
Do you love to read books?
Are you crafty?
Will you make this DIY washi bookmark for your reading pleasure?
Super easy! And cute, too! I need to remind myself to get new washi tapes. The 6yo found my stash and “decorated” our bedroom. 🙂
Aw, man sounds a lot like my 6 and 7 year olds here. I had to hide my stash from my gang, too!! 🙂
Meredith Spidel says
This is such a cute idea! Would make a great gift with a book! Thanks for sharing, Janine!
Happy to share and I agree could definitely make a fun and awesome gift idea!! 🙂
Seana Turner says
So easy. I love anything with washi tape! Perfect for a girl scout troop or even a senior get together.
Agree Seana and love the idea for a Girl Scout Troop or seniors, too 🙂
That came out really cute! I use a bookmark that my mother in law made for me!
Thanks Dara and yours sounds lovely, too 🙂
AnnMarie John says
I LOVE reading books but have lately been reading more on my Kindle, but every now and then I need a hard copy. I have made one very similar when washi tape was all the rage, but using different tapes instead of one. I love the one you chose. (by the way, we’ve been so sick in our household the last few days so I’ve been MIA, but on another note, I’ve been catching up on my book reading)
Trust me I go back and forth with reading on my iPad and physical hardcover/softcover books. That said, I was also into Washi Tape awhile back, but recently found myself rekindling that love. So, this was one of a few crafts that I decided to try with it. So stay tuned as I think I may still have a few more in me to share. Also, I hope you all are feeling better soon now and sending some good thoughts for that your way now, too <3
These are so gorgeous! We bought a whole bunch of silver washi tape at the craft store over the weekend and Scarlett loves bookmarks. I think we shall make some!
By the way, I still haven’t switched to e-books. I’m like you and I am against it right now. But I said the same thing about digital photography! So maybe I’ll change like you did!
Tamara, the only reason I switched was for convenience, as well as to be able to get books free from my local library. But that said, nothing can or will compare to the real thing for me with books. I also just stocked up on more washi tape, so stay tuned as I am definitely going to try a few more washing crafts here before all is said and done. I hope you can make these with Scarlet now, too 🙂
William Holland says
There’s not much chance of me doing this, but it will be appreciated by my friends, so passing it on. Happy Thursday, Janine!
Thanks for passing on, Bill and hope your friends enjoy this one as much as I have. Happy Thursday to you, too!! 🙂
Nice bookmark and easy to make.
Thanks so much, Marilyn 😉
This is such a good idea!
Thanks for sharing.
Thank you and very happy to share with you, too 😉
Kristi R Campbell says
So cute, Janine! And it looks really easy! I used to be anti e-books but now I love them. That may have something to do with the fact that we have way too many books though and sometimes I wonder whether to keep them all. They take up a ton of space and if I’m not going to read one again, why keep it, you know?
I know what you mean about the space limitations and you should see my bookcases at this point. Definitely need to go through and donate again soon 😉
You had me at easy! This is so cute. Washi tape is pretty much the BEST invention ever! Thanks for sharing your adorable project 🙂
Happy to share and thank you for your kind words, too 🙂
Christine Carter says
OMG THIS IS AWESOME! With Cassidy’s birthday coming up and of course a party to plan- I am SO going to have her and her friend make these! Brilliant idea!
Yay and so excited you are going to try and make for Cassidy’s birthday coming up 🙂
I love reading books, love love love it. My book club just picked our next book and I can’t wait to dig in. This idea of making a bookmark out of wash tape is awesome. Very cool Janine 🙂
Me too and I had so much fun on this craft, as well now. Thanks Mary 😉
Aww that’s an easy and cute one! I have lots of washi tapes and cardboards so I might as well try that too. 🙂
Yay and hope you try soon, Rea 😉
Caras Kitchen says
I am a sucker for the feel of real books too!!! and this is such a fun, easy and affordable DIY 🙂 love it
Thanks Cara and I know there really is nothing like the feel of a real book 🙂
Aunt Gloria says
Great idea! I’ll have to check out Washi tape….not familiar. These bookmarks make nice little gifts too. xxoo
Thanks Aunt Gloria and agree about the gift idea totally xoxo 😉
Diane Roark says
I just love Washi tape. This bookmark is so cute and perfect for keeping track of where you are to read next. We use a lot of Washi tape to make calendars, cups, and so much more around our house.
Thanks for this great idea!
Diane, I am with you and love Washi tape. Seriously going to make a few more crafts with it and promise to share here when I do now, too 🙂
I LOVE to read – and I also really like physical books. I’ll read e-books, but my favorite will always be the physical and I collect bookmarks too. I love this idea. Washi tape is so much fun to use. 🙂
I am very much similar to you on all fronts here. So happy to share with a book lover like you, too 🙂
Jennifer Bly says
What a super cute bookmark!
I love projects like this, but you gave me an idea here and I’m going to get the girls to make their own to kick off summer reading club!
I just discovered the joys of washi tape. There’s no turning back now!
Thanks for sharing.
I love that you are going to do this project with your girls to kick off summer reading club. Seriously that made my night and so psyched for you on this now!! xoxo 🙂
Laura - The No Pressure Life says
I love how easy this is! My first grader just started reading independently and also loves crafting, so I’ll definitely try this with him. Gotta love washi tape – so many uses!
Yay and love that you are going to do this with your first grader. I also have a 1st grader and a second grader and after they saw that I did this, they also wanted to make. So, we are going to attempt it this weekend here now, too 🙂
I’m not crafty but I can definitely do this! Thanks you for this awesome idea, I have plenty of washi tape to do this with!
Thanks Nellie and I know not as crafty as I should be, but even I could do this, too 🙂
My seven-year-old is constantly losing her bookmarks. This would be a great way to keep her entertained for an afternoon and to get her a good and a bookmark that she’s less likely to lose since she made it on her own. Thanks so much for joini my seven-year-old is constantly losing her bookmarks. This would be a great way to keep her entertained for an afternoon and to get her a bookmark that she’s less likely to lose since she made it on her own. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!
Happy to share and believe me I totally get kids and losing bookmarks as I have dealt with my fair share here, too!