Bookmarks make great gifts for anyone who loves to read. Electronic devices have wide appeal, but there are millions of us who still prefer the satisfaction of holding a real book in our hands. (Though I'd be lost without my Kindle.) Bookmarks are an especially nice add-on when you're giving a book to someone as a gift. Bookmarks make good gifts for students, teachers, tutors and librarians......and the more appealing and distinctive they are, the more they're appreciated.
Here are some of the bookmarks I've made recently, which are offered for sale in my Etsy shop.
I create the artwork on 140# watercolor paper, which I then adhere to one or two layers of heavy card stock in colors that complement and enhance the art. Using a hole punch, I make an opening at one end and insert either a length of waxed linen thread or narrow ribbon. I tie a knot in the threads, slip beads onto the threads in colors that repeat those in the artwork, and tie another knot to keep the beads in place. Done!
A few hints:
Use acid free card stock rather than construction paper, which deteriorates quickly and fades even faster.
If desired, you can laminate the bookmarks before inserting the thread and beads.
Not counting the threads, my bookmarks range in size from roughly 6 3/4 x 1 3/4 to 7 x 2 1/4 inches but you can make them any size you want.
Caution! Do NOT give bookmarks with beads to children! Beads pose a choking hazard to young kids. For safety's sake, if you're making bookmarks for youngsters, eliminate the threads and beads altogether.
Text and images ©2017 Lynn Edwards