Books are some of my favourite gifts to give and receive. I love to include a beautiful bookmark with them as an extra little bonus too! This one takes under 15 minutes to make and every time I’ve given one as a gift, I always get asked to make some more!
To get started, all you need is some fishing line and a selection of beads, charms, or even metal washers and other such items will work too! You can use fancy beading wire/string and a beading needle if you want, but I find that fishing line works really well and no needle is necessary. String on several inches of beads and other items onto the fishing line. Secure at both ends with a good double knot.
To finish off the bookmark, you just need some wire. I can’t give you a specific gauge because I just pick up the craft wire at the dollar store. You want something that can be bent easily enough (I don’t even use wire tools – just my bare hands!) but that will hold its shape.
Bend the wire into a pleasing design. You don’t have to get fancy and it doesn’t have to be perfect! Swirls and loops and zigzags all work well. Make sure to make a small closed loop at one end so you have a spot to secure the string on beads on.
Once you attach the string of beads to the wire, you’re all done!
To use it, place the wire section inside the book. It’s thin enough that it will lay flat. Dangle the beaded portion on the outside of your book. It’s pretty and because of the way it hangs over the spine of the book, it is much less likely to fall out as other bookmarks might! You can even extend the wire portion a bit so that it bends right over the spine if you prefer.
Whip a few of these up to have on hand as last minute hostess gifts or for those guests who drop in during the holidays! They make great stocking stuffers too!