DIY Bookmarks: 10 IDEAS to Make a Bookmark

We love reading books in our house and make bookmarks for each other and also to gift to friends. These DIY bookmarks are a quick Art and Craft idea that can be completed in under 15 minutes. Great for kids too!

DIY bookmarks

A DIY Bookmark is a smaller canvas to explore and try out new art techniques. It’s also a great idea to use up any excess paint you might have squeezed out onto your paint palette.

What kind of paper can I use to make bookmarks?

To make a bookmark, you want to use paper that has a bit of weight. Think cardstock or any kind of heavier paper. This 140lb watercolor paper is great for making bookmarks that you paint art onto. A super heavy 350lb paper makes a sturdy bookmark that wont bend easily.

What size should bookmarks be?

A normal bookmark measures 2.25 by 7 inches. You can make a shorter bookmark of 2 by 6 inches too.

10+ DIY bookmarks to make at home!

Today I am sharing 10 simple ideas for colorful DIY bookmarks that you can make at home.

Learn how to paint these ganesha bookmarks using any watercolor cakes of your choice! Video included.

Ganesha bookmark tutorial

rainbow tree bookmarks

These easy watercolor tree bookmark are so colorful and relaxing to make. Make not one, but 2 DIY Bookmarks at once!

I love to include a stack of these halloween printable bookmarks next to the candy I put out on Halloween. So many kids love reading and always take one!

galaxy watercolor bookmarks

A fun experiment in color, these galaxy watercolor bookmarks are a fun technique to try! Make 3 DIY bookmarks at once.

A great class project, these valentine bookmarks are a fun to put together!

valentine bookmark craft
Stamping with markers tulip stamp waffle craft

Skip the inky fingers and try stamping with markers to make these beautiful tulip bookmarks! Who says stamps are only for card making?

These felt bookmarks are so cozy, soft and easy to make! You will want to run your fingers over this over and over again. The felt also makes for a super sturdy bookmark!

diy watercolor bookmarks

Have your kids grab a white crayon and then paint these watercolor bookmarks with hidden messages of theitr choice!

Pull out all of your left over papers, embellishments and pieces to make these mixed media bookmarks

mixed media bookmarks
super hero bookmark

A DIY bookmark after my heart! This superhero bookmark is perfect for a super reader!

Make something unique to mark your page like in this Heart Shaped Bookmarks video!

heart shaped bookmark

I love this colorful Halloween bookmark idea by Creatively Beth! Such a punny quote for halloween!

Learn to paint a winter scene onto a bookmark during a snowy cold afternoon.

painting a winter scene
Printable Free Bookmarks

And if you need more ideas I have 40+ FREE printable bookmarks that you can download and color! Print a bunch of these onto cardstock, pull out your favorite colored pencils and enjoy!

Marking your page in your book, can be easy and special. I love all of these DIY bookmarks and will be making more for sure! You can decorate your DIY bookmarks with any colors of your choice, with any art designs you love and make them uniquely yours!

Hi I’m Smitha! I live in Minnesota with my husband and two daughters. You’ll always find me painting florals in my sketchbook. And I love the sheer joy of making something with just my hands! But my bigger love is capturing it all on camera Read more.

Thanks for stopping by today! If you learnt something from this tutorial, do share this post with a friend or on social media! Tag me @smithakatti #smithakatti I’d love to see what you create!


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  1. Hello, I would love to have your permission to give one of these FREE to the appropriate patient I visit in our local hospital. I am Daisy da Clown. I have been doing hospital and nursing home clowning for over 16 years and I am certain many people I visit with would truly enjoy this activity to help pass time, give as a gift to a staff member, family or someone special.

    Thanks. Daisy da Clown AKA Lynn Minkowski : O )

  2. Hi I cant find your beautiful bookmarks with dream love smile and hope on. when I click the link on pinterest it brings me hear but it shows different bookmarks. x

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