DIY Bookmarks From Anything – Great Gift Idea

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It’s that season when we empty our bank accounts to make the gift season special – but we don’t have to!  There are so many ways that you can quickly make a meaningful gift.  This one does require a laminator, but it’s a great investment for your crafting arsenal if you don’t have one already.



I recently received a grab bag from Strand Books & Kate Spade.  The included bookmarks were beautiful, but I knew they wouldn’t last.  The package was also wrapped in beautiful ribbon.  You can think way outside of the box here.  I have used concert tickets, handouts at tourist attractions, and even pressed flowers for this craft before.

Place the item(s) in a laminating sheet and run through a laminator (I have this one) – you could have this done at Kinkos if you’re more interested in a one-time deal.  I put as many items as I could in an 8.5″ x 11″ laminating sheet.  I cut the ribbons at a pretty angle before laminating.



Then, cut them out.  I went right next to the bookmarks/ribbon this time.  I have left a clear edge on previous projects.  If you do pressed flowers (they need to be super thin) without a background, you can cut them into interesting shapes.  This is where you can let your creativity run wild.  You could even use scrapbooking scissors for an interesting edge.



Include in a gift basket or keep it yourself!

Here are some ideas of what you could make into a bookmark:

  • Concert tickets or festival passes/wrist bands
  • Pressed flowers with or without a paper background
  • Interesting scrapbook paper
  • Kid art, cut to size
  • Freebie bookmarks
  • Decorative ribbon
  • Wedding invitation
  • Sporting event tickets
  • Any stub of anything or any flat keepsake, really!

I love this project for creating a propose for something you’d otherwise throw away (even though you don’t want to).  I’m sure that I will be reinventing this project again the next time I have a little treasure slated for the trash can that is beautiful and/or sentimental.


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