Making Beaded Bookmarks
Making beaded bookmarks is a fun craft that can be elaborate or easy enough for children to do themselves. This is a guide about making beaded bookmarks.
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Beaded bookmarks--often marketed as "Book Thongs" and sold for seven to ten dollars at bookstores, but easy to make and an excellent project to use up odd bead leftovers from other projects. These also make lovely gifts--especially if you are also giving a book!
Approximate Time 10 Minutes
- 12 inches of waxed linen thread, embroidery floss, or thin ribbon
- assorted beads and spacers--usually around ten pieces
- Tie a double overhand knot or square not in one end of the thread, string, or ribbon. Be sure that the knot is bigger than the hole of the bead you wish to use (see picture)
- String beads on the knot end of the thread, string, or ribbon. I usually add about an inch and a half's worth (see picture). Tie a knot at the end of the beads when the arrangement is to your liking. Again, be sure that the knot is bigger than the holes in the beads.
- If you're nervous about making sure the bookmark is long enough to span a book, do a trial run with a book. Mark with your finger the appropriate length of thread, string, or ribbon (see picture).
- Repeat step 2 on the other end of the thread, string, or ribbon.
- Tie off the end so that no beads escape and you have a beaded bookmark suitable for reading or for gift giving! See the main picture for the finished product in use!
By Stephanie from Anchorage, AK
I have made hundreds of these and they are quick and easy! Make them with thin ribbon and beads.
By Pam from Elkhart, IN
Kelli Mahoney1 found this helpful
August 8, 2005
These are simple and fun gifts to give for all kinds of occasions. They are easy enough for a child to complete, or you can make them more embellished for your personal use.
- 1/4 inch wide grosgrain ribbon
- 3 to 9 beads with wide openings
- one large bead (with very large opening) or designer finding that you could loop ribbon through
- paper clip
- Cut three 12 - 14 inch long pieces of ribbon.
- From one end, string 1 to 3 beads and then knot the ribbon. This is where the paper clip comes in handy, because it helps to push the ribbon through the hole. Make sure your knot is big enough to keep the beads from slipping off the ribbon.
- Take the large bead and string all three pieces of ribbon through the hole and then knot them.
- If you want to use a finding then weave the ribbon through the openings and glue the end back to the ribbon. You can even sew the end of the ribbon to itself to form a loop. With mine, I had two findings that I fastened together with clear elastic thread and looped the ribbon on the inside, so that the ends were hidden.
The possibilities here are endless as to the types of beads, ribbon, and findings you can use. You can also create the bookmark with one ribbon or 5 ribbons. The separate ribbons allow you to mark several pages in a book.
January 10, 20070 found this helpful
This is a fun craft that kids can do in minutes. These bookmarks make great gifts.
About 5 - 10 minutes each
What You Need:
- collection of old greeting cards, all occasions will work
- paper punch
- colorful plastic beads
- blunt tapestry needle (optional)
- Choose a card design you like. Cut a strip from the front of the card and then punch a hole in one end of the strip.
- Cut 2, 10 inch lengths of ribbon for each bookmark. Thread both pieces of ribbon through the hole and knot the ribbon onto the end of the bookmark. This will give you four lengths of ribbon hanging from the card strip (bookmark).
- Thread the beads onto the ribbon. This may be done with or without the assistance of a tapestry needle. Leave room at the end of each ribbon length to tie a knot, which will hold the beads in place. Continue in the same manner to add beads to all ribbon lengths.
- These bookmarks make great, inexpensive gifts for friends and family members. If you have a special event, such as a spring birthday, or holiday in mind for the giving, choose a card front that will match that event or season.
By Marie from West Dundee, IL
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November 4, 20111 found this helpful
What size of waxed linen string is best for beaded bookmarks?
November 5, 20110 found this helpful
All depends on size of hole in bead, different beads have different size holes.
November 9, 20111 found this helpful
I have friends who do bead work and they like dental floss, too. It's very tough and you can get waxed and unwaxed. I hope this helps.
PS: It has to be cheaper, too.
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