Months ago I bought some washi tape after seeing some great washi tape ideas over on Pinterest and other blogs. My intention was to make some bookmarks amonst other things, but it’s only been recently that I got round to finding some time to do it. Usually when I read books, I just grab whatever bit of paper is around, but it is nice when you use a proper bookmark, especially as then there’s less chance of it being removed by accident by someone else, as it’s obvious it’s a bookmark.
You don’t need much to make these washi tape bookmarks
What you need:
- Plastic folders – I struggled to find some of these, so ended up paying more than I wanted. You can use any type of stationery folder, clear or coloured, but obviously coloured ones will impact how opaque or transparent the washi tape is. You want the bookmarks to last, so nothing too flimsy. But nothing too stiff or they’ll be hard to cut out.
- Washi tape
- Card or something to cut a template from if you’re not good at cutting freehand. I used random card N had already drawn on, but you could use cereal boxes, or the insert card from new clothes (tip, I always keep these as they’re great for painting or drawing on).
- Ribbons (optional). I used ones from my stash. I also collect the ones cut out from clothing, although it’s hard to find enough that aren’t black!
How to make your bookmarks:
1. Cut out templates from card. I did a couple of standard bookmark shapes and an owl template for something a bit more fun. If you’re adding ribbons or tassles, remember that you’ll need somewhere to put a hole at top or bottom that’s big enough.
2. Use templates to cut out your plastic bookmark bases. From one folder you should be able to get loads, so this could be a great activity for a children’s craft party or for a child to make as gifts.
3. Decorate with washi tape. I tore and cute tape as I fancied, and only covered the front of the bookmarks. Make sure you stick down well – I found one piece of tape just doesn’t want to stick, but all the others have been fine. The bookmarks I did stripes. With the owl I did almost a decopatch effect with the tape. It’s less transparent, but because the tape was too narrow to fill the shapes of the owl’s features, I needed to fill in gaps with smaller pieces.
4. If adding ribbon, use a hole punch to put holes in the top. Cut ribbon to size and tie
5. Finish off details with Sharpies if wanted,
Then just admire and use. I think they’re really effective and they look great poking out of books. It’s a simple craft and something a bit more substantial than making them out of cardboard.
If children are making them and you don’t want to waste lots of washi tape, you could use stickered ribbons, or double sided tape to make paper collages, or simply use stickers.
Are you a washi tape fan? If you’ve got any washi tape idea for easy crafts then do share below. Or if you’ve used plastic folders in your crafting – I’ve got lots to use up so tips are welcome.
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