Apr 25

How to Make Your Own Bookmarks in 3 Easy Steps

Do you often have trouble picking up where you left off after putting down a book? Do you hate having to fold the pages or make dog ears to mark your progress? If your answer to either of these questions is “yes”, then making a bookmark is what you should do.

Bookmarks not only make it easier for you to keep track of where you left, but they also make a great opportunity for you to let your creativity loose.

Here’s a simple step-by-step guide on how you can make your very own bookmarks:

1. Choose the right paper

You can’t just choose any old sheet of paper when you’re making your own bookmarks – you need something that draws attention and is sturdy enough for you to use repeatedly without just slipping or tearing.

The best material you can perhaps use for your bookmark is cardstock, which is sturdy and thick enough but can still be cut and drawn on easily.

2. Cut the paper

Once you have the cardstock of your choice, it’s time to cut it according to size. Most bookmark sizes range between 2” x 6” and 2” x 7”, though some bookmarks are 2” x 8.5”.

You can also choose to punch a hole in your bookmark to add the tuft of your choice, which allows you to keep better track of your progress when reading.

3. Add the details

Personalizing your own bookmark is the best thing about making it, and what makes it something different rather than being just another scrap of paper you jam in between pages.

Whether you want to add a certain marker to keep track of your progress to the exact line, or simply add an inspirational quote to look at, this is your chance to go nuts on the colors and drawings!

Alternatively, you can also use other materials as bookmarks, such as plastic paper clips (metal ones have a greater chance of ruining the paper), postcards that you cut to size, or even photographs. 

However, there are some materials in particular that you shouldn’t use as bookmarks for your books, such as the following:

  • Money – It should go without saying that you shouldn’t use money as a bookmark, since there are obviously better uses for it than simply being a marker for your reading progress.
  • Metal objects – Metal paper clips can tear out the page when you’re not careful – if you have to use paper clips, try using ones made of plastic instead.
  • Toilet paper – Not only do these slip out, but they also give the impression that the book has been used in a bathroom.
  • Handwritten letters – These are personally addressed to people, which means they shouldn’t be left lying around.

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