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Recycled Bookmarks That Encourage Reading

Aug 14, 2015
Scarlet Paolicchi

recycled bookmarks 

It is always fun to make recycled crafts that are useful. This DIY craft for recycled bookmarks is cute and fun for both children and adults alike. If you are making the recycled bookmarks for your children, you can add a back side to the bookmark that will encourage them to read. Take a look at the instructions below!

How to Make Recycled Bookmarks


  • Used thin cardboard boxes (Like the box that Ziploc® Brand Bags come in, or cereal boxes)
  • Hole-puncher
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Modge podge and foam brush (Optional, but useful if you wish to create a paper collage on the bookmark – can be found at a local craft store)
  • Ribbon or tassels (I use ones I have saved from gifts when available)
  • Paper scraps (You can use large gift wrap paper scraps, construction paper, scrapbook paper, or even your child's artwork)



Use your ruler to measure and cut your thin cardboard boxes into several strips for your bookmarks. Sizes can vary but I usually go with 6 inches long by 1 inch high for adult bookmarks or 6 inches long by 2 inches high for children's bookmarks. You may want to make a few extra while you are working because they are fun small gifts to have on hand.

Now choose from your paper scraps and measure them according to your cut-out cardboard, so you can comfortably wrap the cardboard with the paper. For example, if you used my adult measurements above for the cardboard, your paper would be 6 inches long by 2 inches in height (or 6 inches long by 4 inches for a child size). Use a glue stick to attach the paper to the cardboard. If you prefer, you can get very artsy and make a collage of leftover paper scraps to cover the bookmark attaching with the glue stick and painting over it with modge podge to help seal it as one piece so that the pieces won't flake off.

Once the glue has dried, you can punch a hole at the top of the bookmark in the center and as far away from the edge as your hole punch allows.

Then create a loop with your ribbon and poke the loop through the hole of the bookmark. Feed the two ends of the ribbon from the other side back through the loop and tighten.

Easy peasy! You have a recycled bookmark!Now for children's bookmarks, you can have them write on a piece of paper no wider than 2 inches, a list of ten books they want to read. Then just glue that to the back of your child’s bookmark. Kids will enjoy this extra incentive to read and you can pick a prize that suits both of you every time they complete a book on their list - from a hike at your local park to an ice cream cone.

Do your kids enjoy making crafts? What type of recycled crafts have you tried?

Photos courtesy of Scarlet Paolicchi.

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