Friday, July 12, 2013

Fun Photo Bookmarks

Fun photo bookmarks to use or to give as gifts.  The best part about making these bookmarks was posing for the photo shoot. :)  

Even though summer is almost half over, there are still plenty of days to get in all that summer reading. Here is a fun idea to keep kids motivated to keep up the good work.  These bookmarks are super fun to create and don't take a lot of supplies to make.

Start out with a relaxed photo shoot.  Grab your camera or camera phone and have the kids pretend that they are climbing or hanging from a rope.  Make sure to get their whole body for the best effect and encourage them to be dramatic!

Once a perfect pose has been settled on, print out the pictures.  If you have access to contact paper, I recommend laminating them before you cut them out. Now, on to the next step - the tassel.  Here is how to make your own...

DIY Tassel


- Embroidery floss
- Large needle
- Piece of cardboard 2" x 5"
- Scissors

First, take the piece of cardboard and fold it so that it is now 2" by 2 1/2".  Begin wrapping the embroidery floss around the height of the cardboard.  I wrapped mine about 20 times.  Next slip the scissors through the open part of the folded cardboard and cut the floss.  

Slip off the floss carefully and lay it out flat.  There should be about 20 pieces of  2 1/2" string.  Take a second piece of embroidery floss about 14" long.  Tie one end of the 14" piece around the center of the 2 1/2" group, creating a center fold.  Leave one end about 10" long and the smaller end about 4" long.  Tie it a second time to make sure it is secure.  

Now take the longer end of the 14" piece.  Stretch it up and then loop it back down to the tassel.  Tie a little knot at the top of the tassel.  Tie a second time to make sure it is secure.  

Take the smaller end of the 14" piece and wrap it around the tassel creating a head.  Tie securely two times.  Then take the needle and slip the end down through the wrapped around part to slip right in with the rest of the tassel.

To finish the bookmark, poke a hole with a large needle through the hands.  Finally, loop the tassel through the hole.   

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  1. Hahaha...those are great! I use the leftover photo Christmas cards as bookmarks. Very fun.


    Hopping by from the Weekly Creative Link Party! :)

    1. That's a great idea too! Then you probably can get the whole family. :)

  2. Hahaha, so fun, these would make a great gift!

  3. These bookmarks are darling! My grandkids would get a kick out of this for sure! Following on Facebook and Pinterest. Linda

    Come share at What to do Weekends Party. Hope to see you.

  4. Love this! I know a couple of book lovers that would love these. Thanks for the great idea!

  5. What a great idea - fun to make and to use! Thanks for linking to the Craftastic Monday party at Sew Can Do. I'd love to feature this if you had the party button or a link back to it somewhere on your blog:)

    1. Sorry, I forget to put my little "I link up Here" link sometimes. :)

  6. These are incredibly cute! What a creative idea. I must try to make these of my grandchildren. Thanks!

  7. The little old librarian in me can't wait to do these at school in September. I pinned it...thanks!

    1. That would be so much fun!! Glad you liked them. :)

  8. Melissa,
    I'm stopping by from The Inspiration Exchange today - this is such a cute idea. I think it would be a great gift for grandparents!
    - Ang

  9. Very creative! Love this!


  10. Featuring you tonight on the new linky party. Pinned also. Linda

  11. Hi Melissa,

    I'd love to feature your post on my blog in the list of awesome DIY-gifts I'm currently assembling. For that I would use one of your pictures to go with the link. Ok for you? If not, please send me an email: