I confess that I dog-ear my pages–when I don’t read a book in one sitting anyway. Or I grab a scrap of paper, a receipt, whatever is nearby and use that. I am not the kind of person who buys sparkly fancy bookmarks. Because I will lose them. While in bed reading having not moved for nearly two hours. The bookmark disappears when it comes time to put the book down for a while, and I might find it months later. So I dog-ear. And it’s really shameful to do that to a good book.

After searching Pinterest, inspiration struck with something not quite what was on there. This is just something really simple and inexpensive you can make for yourself or friends who are too irresponsible to be gifted with a pricey bookmark (like me).

What you’ll need:

  • Cardstock paper: I used 6×6 because I just happened to have some because I shouldn’t be left alone at Hobby Lobby. You can find something similar here, here, or here.
  • Scissors
  • Ruler (or a book if one is too far away…)
  • Marker(s): I believe I purchased these at Michaels. They’re medium point so nothing detailed or fancy, but the gold is a nice metallic. I had to go over with the white one several times before it showed up legibly. Here is a full metallic set.
  • Pencil
  • and/or Pen: fine tipped Sharpie pen. It flows so nice and I love it.

Take your ruler (or book) and draw a light line on the back of your paper using your pencil. Mine is blank on the back side, but if yours is double sided, it doesn’t matter. Just draw lightly so it’s easy to erase it. I didn’t measure the width on mine, but you can if you want to. I just spaced them enough that I could cut three bookmarks out of one sheet.

Erase your line on the back. On the front, draw something pretty or write a book quote or something inspirational or clever. Next time I do a set, I think I’ll do something Alice in Wonderland or try to draw something pretty. On the back on the blank side, you can write something else. I wrote the name of my blog on the back of mine and plan to give them away at the local bookstore I sort of work at.


Pretty, simple, and cheap especially if you already have these things on hand. I ended up with six bookmarks using only two pages, and I still have almost a whole book left for when I lose the bookmark that I’m keeping. And I will lose it. It’s only a matter of time.

Do you have other ways to make bookmarks? Are you responsible enough to buy your own and not lose them? Or do you just remember where you left off?

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