wood bookmarks

I have been on a bit of a bookmark kick lately. It's an instant gratification type of project, and I need that when I am working on long knitting or embroidery projects. (As a result, I have about 30 bookmarks here and there, so I need to get rid of some. Maybe a fun giveaway some time soon?)

I came up with this idea from Barnes and Noble. You know that rack of bookmarks that they have by the check out? There is like a thousand bookmarks and I want to buy all of them, especially the pretty wooden ones. I don't know why. I hardly read paper books anymore. I don't know - there is just something frivolous and luxurious about having a little treasure tucked away in your book. But, instead of buying them, I wanted to tackle my own.

 Mission accomplished. Wood bookmarks. 

I used 1/16" balsa wood and this die in my Cuttlebug to get the bookmark shape. The balsa wood was a bit tricky to find but not impossible. I had to go to a hobby store to find it - not Hobby Lobby or Joann's - a comic book/model train hobby store. Interesting place. Sawyer liked it because they had a dog that lived in the store. And fish. It was odd. Back to the bookmarks. I got one long piece for less than $2.00 and made about 5 bookmarks from it.

Here are a few of my favorites. 

 I love the tail part of this one. I used 5 colors of embroidery thread and made a sort of tassel. The flowers are punched out of paper and glued on. I thought about Mod Podging them on, but decided it would probably darken the wood so I didn't. This one is for me, so I am not worried about the durability. 

I colored the green one with a Copic marker and tied on some baker's twine for the tail. Simple, but a pretty punch of color. 

This is my favorite. After I die cut the bookmark, I ran it through again in an embossing folder. Yep, I die cut and embossed wood. As a result, this one is pretty fragile. It will hold up in a book on a shelf, but it is not something you would want to give to child or to put in a "high traffic" book that gets thrown in and out of bags. I used plain twine for the tail. I love that there is no color, but so much texture. Pretty.

A couple things about this project that you might want to know... 

- I also attempted to cut the wood with scissors (for all those who don't have a die cut machine, I wanted to see if you could make these also) but it didn't go so well. The wood is very thin and didn't cut perfectly. Maybe with some practice or different techniques you could master it.

-I tried stamping on the wood. The ink bled, so it was a no go for me. Bummer. 

-If you would like to add more stability to your bookmark, die cut a card stock bookmark and glue the two together. It will give it a bit more bulk and make the wood less likely to crack.

Happy reading!



  1. These look wonderful, I love bookmarks!

  2. Wow, I love them! It's amazing what you can do if you just try. They look even nicer than in the store!

  3. Allison, you never cease to amaze me - these are GORGEOUS!

  4. Allison, why don't you sell things yet? I want to pay you money to make me amazing things :-)

  5. These are nice. I always think of bookmarks as a nice little gift for book worm friends and relatives but then forget to make them. Should get on it really...

  6. Oooh, these are so beautiful!!! And your photos of them are great too!

  7. I can't believe you die cut and embossed wood! These are beautiful, and a fantastic gift idea. Really nice!

  8. does anyone know where you can buy plain bookmarks?
    these are great

  9. vern - I have not seen just plain wood bookmarks in stores. Maybe someone else has? If anyone has, please let us know :)

  10. I think your tutorials are awesome! You have a Clean And Simple feel about you! Love it! I was drawn to your felt pinwheels via Pinterest ( my best friend as well). I am in the process of making some pinwheels with card stock for cards that will be part of a Stampin' Up! Technique Class. I just had to check to see if you had an easier or different process. Nope! It's very simple, only pretty tedious when your making them from a 1 3/8" square punch! Ugghhh! I'm definitely going up a few inches! On a side note, I use and sell stamping ink for a living! I have a tip for you for stamping on your bookmarks. First of all, a permanent ink-Stazon, etc., dries quickly and should not smear. You can also use clear embossing ink, embossing powder and a heat gun to stamp a raised, embossed image or initial on them! Super fun and very pretty! Embossing is an addiction though!!! Also, I've seen bookmark blanks ( card stock) from the Big Hobby Stores, although not as pretty as yours, an option for some of your veiwer's. Thank's for sharing!!!


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