Grab your paints and make some fun abstract art that you can turn into something stylish and practical with this magnetic bookmark DIY. This pretty painted watercolour design also make a great planner marker!
I will admit to being a page folder. I know many of you will be gasping in horror, but I always lose bookmarks and if I am being honest, there is something I like about the physical mark that the turning over a corner leaves. I usually buy second hand books from charity shops or have them passed on to me by friends and family, so often they books I read have already been read many times before. I like seeing the little traces left behind by previous readers, the coffee stains, bent spines and yes, folded corners. Read more
Create a wood bookmark with this faux marquetry effect in a geometric design!
When the weather is cold and rainy, there is nothing better than curling up on the sofa under a blanket, with a cup of tea and a good book. But I have to make a confession; I’m a page folder. Yep, at some point in my life stopped using proper bookmarks (possibly after losing one too many) and began to fold over the corner of the page. After a couple of friends recoiled in horror at learning this, I started looking for DIY bookmark ideas. This search somehow merged with looking at marquetry, the technique of using wood veneer inlaid to create patterns. There are some amazing designers making contemporary marquetry, check out my Pinterest board!
I’m using adhesive backed thin wood veneer sheets, yep, real wood! The wood seems to grip the book pages, so the bookmark doesn’t fall out. If you can’t get hold of these wood sheets, you can just use printed wood effect papers from the craft shop. Read more
This tutorial uses a knot known by many names; Josephine, Double Coin/Prosperity and Carrick Bend. It creates a decorative strip that can be easily finished into a bracelet or bookmark depending on your fancy.
Its takes a couple of goes before the knot makes sense and its one that while not complicated, takes patience to get right. Although you can use any cord to do this, I would recommend a minimum of 2mm the first time you try as it makes it simpler to learn.
Still with me? Ok, lets try doing another, this time starting on the right side (which creates a flatter form that doesn’t want to twist
PS, I’m using a piece of foamboard as a base, with pins to hold the top (and other parts of the knot if needed) in place, but you can use a foam macrame board, clipboard or just tape it down on your work surface.