On any given year, how many books would you say you read?
If you’ve answered ZERO for any one of your recent years then you’re not alone. It can be hard to start and stick to reading habit. Because it feels like something you HAVE to do instead of GET to do.
And today I finally finished creating my bookmarks with a ‘book list’ pocket. And I must say, just looking at them makes me want to get back to reading (currently reading Austin Kleon’s Steal Like An Artist).
As usual (hey, I love my job) I had a ton of fun creating and making many versions of this bookmark until I got it juuuuussssssttt right.
And now I’m excited to share it with you too!
DIY bookmark with list pocket
The first thing I had to get right for these bookmark templates was the size for each part of it and making sure it all lined up.
When you download your template below (the download comes with all three patterned templates so you can pick your favorite) you’ll see that each template comes with two pages.
When you go to print, make sure you’re printing both pages double sided, so you end up with one cardstock template that’s patterned on both sides.
Once you cut out the template it’s pretty self explanatory. You simply have to fold it in half and then fold in the flaps and glue (more details on how to do that below!)
- Sturdy cardstock
- Yarn in your favorite colors
- Glue stick
- A printer
- A hand held hole puncher
- Download the printable template file below (it will come with all three different bookmark patterns and pocket insert)
- Open file with Adobe Acrobat Reader (It’s a simple PDF reader) and select the pattern you want to print out
- When printing make sure you print out both pages (front and back) double sided on your cardstock
- Then cut out and fold template in half and then fold flaps inwards so as to glue them on and create a type of ‘pocket’
- Use a hole puncher to hole punch the top of your bookmark. Notice I didn’t add a marker for where you should hole punch your bookmark. you can do it in the middle or off the corner. It’s totally your call.
- Create your bookmark tassel (learn how to create homemade tassels here) and thread through your hole punch
- Print out the ‘books I’ve Read This Year’ insert on cardstock double-sided, cut it out, and stick it inside your newly formed bookmark pocket
- And you should be left with a bookmark where you can list ALL the books you’ve read for the year!
You can either choose your favorite template to make or make all three of them and hand them out to your friends (or your book club).
My personal favorite template is the swatches template, because it looks like I took a paintbrush and decorated the whole bookmark. But really I created the pattern from scratch on Illustrator.
More DIY bookmark templates
If I were to go on a bookmark making spree and create all the ideas floating around in my head…well there wouldn’t be any space to put them all.
A fun future version of this type of bookmark with a different spin would be cool to create. Now that I think about it I’m sure I could create a ‘holiday themed’ bookmark and put out the free template for that! Wow, ideas, ideas! They never stop coming.
How did you like the bookmark? I’d love to know in the comments. But first, I thought I’d round up a batch of other creative bookmark ideas made by other creatives.
More DIY bookmark ideas
If you’re looking for more craft ideas, here are a few more of my favorite handmade bookmarks to check out from around the internet:
Corner bookmarks are a genius way to keep your place in a good old book. I wish I would have come up with the idea myself. This version of corner bookmarks is seriously cute with a kawaii inspired look.
Pom pom bookmarks
To create some kickass pom pom bookmarks, you’ll want to have yarn handy. I like using a pom pom maker to create pom poms of all sizes. It always makes the process easier and less messy.
When I was younger I used to love origami, though I never really learned how to create it properly. Origami bookmarks are a great idea though.
Bookmarks made out of paint chips
Paint chips are useful in more ways than one. Making a bookmark out of them is a pretty useful one. This idea is gorgeous and you can make it in just a few minutes.
Ribbon bookmarks look really fun to make. It’s also a great chance to create a bookmark out of ribbon you might have lying around. All you’d need to add is a big enough paper clip.
Washi tape bookmark
I love anything you can make with washi tape. The good thing about washi tape bookmarks is that they’re super easy to make and not messy at all.
Floral watercolor bookmark
You can’t go wrong with watercolors, and as a bookmark craft, it’s no different. If you’re looking to get your summer reading in, consider creating your own watercolor bookmark to keep you motivated.
This unicorn bookmark is absolutely gorgeous! It’s such a creative bookmark idea and you only need some yarn, some cardboard, and a pair of scissors. You can find the step-by-step tutorial here.
This macrame bookmark is absolutely gorgeous. Tassel bookmarks are some of the prettiest ones you can make. Not to mention it would make a great gift, or even something you can make and sell on Etsy.
So you probably didn’t see this one coming. But did you know you can crochet bookmarks? Honestly, you can pretty much make bookmarks out of anything: duct tape, gift tags, fabric scraps, craft sticks. You name it, you could probably make your own bookmark out of it in 10 minutes. They would make great gift ideas for a bookworm to read their favorite book.
More Ideas on Teal Notes
These fruit bookmarks were absolutely fun to make and are bursting with color. If you’re a book lover it’ll definitely be worth putting this DIY bookmark template together. And it also comes with free templates!
I’m not quite sure how I came up with this idea but once I finished a few bookmarks I new I had to put them up on the blog. With a free template, you can easily put together your own paper bookmarks in no time.
If you love all things outer space then you’ll love putting this free printable bookmark together! It also comes with, yeah you guessed it, a free printable template.
I made these handmade paper clip bookmarks out of some ribbon I had leftover from other DIY projects. Once you curl up with a good book, you can just grab one of these cute bookmarks to never lose your place. Find the tutorial over on the blog post.
Need to vamp up a boring planter? All you need are tassels. Lots of colorful ones. I’m pretty pleased with the results, and its still a planter I keep on my desk!
Garlands are an easy way to decorate for a small party, especially when you can just print out a template you can cut out and put together in no time. Check out the blog post for the free download.
If you’re looking for awesome canvas painting ideas, I’ve compiled a list of some of the most creatives ones to serve as inspiration for your own. Painting is a great way to de-stress, and you don’t need to be a genius to do it well.
I went crazy creating and experimenting with a ton of different sugar scrubs and documented the whole process. One of my all time favorites is the creamsicle sugar scrub I created with real oranges. But you’ll have to check that out on the blog for more!
This gorgeous succulent planter can add a whole new spin to your succulent collection. And you don’t even need much to put it together. I go through the step-by-step process over on the blog post.
Printables are a great way to decorate your space, especially when you create a useful one. This measurement printable chart helps you remember basic kitchen measurements you’re bound to need at some point.
If you love paper crafts, you’ll love learning how to create your own DIY planner. Sure, you could just buy one off Amazon, but what’s the fun in that? Learn how to customize and create your own planner pages with this guide.