Despite the convenience of digital tablets, nothing can beat the feeling of a great book in your hands. And unless you make it a habit to read books cover-to-cover in a single sitting, a good bookmark is always a necessity for the avid reader. These magnetic ribbon bookmarks are a simple, functional, and oh-so-darling way to keep your place in your latest read. Made with just magnetic paper and pretty ribbon, they are the perfect back-to-school gift for the whole class or sweet surprise for your book club buddies!
Since ribbon comes in endless sizes, patterns, colors and textures, you can easily customize these bookmarks to suit your personality and mood! In just minutes, you can make a whole set that can be used in a variety of ways around the house and office!
These bookmarks come together in a matter of minutes. Here’s what you need to make your own:
- Adhesive Magnetic Paper. While you can certainly make these bookmarks using regular magnetic paper (found at any office supply store), the adhesive backing on this kind eliminates the need for glue, making this project even quicker!
- Paper cutter
When choosing ribbon, pick any color, pattern, texture and width you like, although I do recommend the ribbons being at least ¾” wide! This is a great opportunity to pick ribbons in your school, party, or special occasion colors. You don’t need nearly as much as is shown here; scraps are perfect for this project!
Start by cutting a length of ribbon anywhere from 5-12” long, depending on how long you want your bookmark to be. Using a paper cutter, trim a strip of the magnetic paper down to the same WIDTH as your ribbon (don’t worry too much about the length.) With a scissor, then trim the magnetic strip into two equal pieces.
Remove the paper backing from the adhesive magnetic strips and place them (sticky-side down) onto the backside of the ribbon. Be sure to line up the long edges carefully and leave about ¼” of space between the two pieces of magnetic paper. This will allow the bookmark to easily fold in half. Once the magnetic paper is secured to the ribbon, fold the bookmark in half and trim away the bottom in whatever shape you wish using a scissor. Diagonals, triangles, and half-circles are all great shapes to try!
Repeat the same process with different ribbons, lengths, and cuts as desired!
From one 8.5 x 11” sheet of magnetic paper and a variety of ribbons, I was able to make 11 different bookmarks, all in different colors, shapes, and sizes! They really do make for perfect back-to-school treats, scout troop projects, party favors, book club gifts, and more!
The magnetic paper is just strong enough to hold about two-to-three sheets of paper in the bookmark. They are ideal for keeping your place in your next juicy read…
…and they are nice and slender so that you can easily keep your place without damaging the spine of your book!
I also love using them in different sections of my daily planner to make dates, events, and notes easy to find!
These ribbon bookmarks are a simple and fun craft project with adorable results. The supplies are inexpensive, and they are easy enough for kids to make themselves. You can also extend the project and amp up the personalization factor with stickers, paint pens, buttons and more! With the school year starting and lots of reading hours ahead for the whole family, whip these out this month so you can use and enjoy them all year long!