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How to Make a Bookmark With Paper Clips

Need a bookmark? Here is a quick tutorial on how to make a bookmark the kids, teens, and even adults will love.

holding bird bookmark

Who says a bookmark needs to be boring? Who says it even needs to be made of paper?

This adorable bookmark embraces nature, bringing a tiny little songbird to nest on the pages.

two handmade bookmarks in open book

Keep your place in your latest riveting read with these nesting beauties. Follow along step-by-step to create a bookmark identical to this one or use it as inspiration for your very own spinoff.

holding bird bookmark

Supplies for Bookmarks

bookmark craft supplies

How to Make a Bird Bookmark

Want to make one of these? Here is a step-by-step tutorial.

 

Step One

Start off by gathering your supplies and finding a nice spot to work. I love crafting with an audiobook in the background. So, is there any craft more appropriate for that than this one?

You need a large paperclip to make this bookmark; otherwise, it’ll get lost easily between the pages (despite the felt bird crowning it). You can find jumbo paperclips at any nearby craft store!

drawing birds on paper

Step Two

The first step we need to execute is to create a template for your felt birds. I’ve drawn two types here: one with a rounder, more squat bird, and the other as a perching sparrow.

Draw your birds carefully, creating separate templates for each new spot with a different color. Notice how I’ve drawn two of each body and wing to make the cutting process a little easier.

cutting out bird shapes

Step Three

Cut out the templates. You don’t need two of each kind. However, it does make it easier when you’re cutting the shapes out of felt.

cutting bird shapes from felt

Step Four

Next up, let’s free these birds from their felt cages. Lay out the templates and cut around them, slicing as close to the edges as you can. We don’t need a seam allowance, so don’t leave a lot of extra fabric!

Cut two wings and two bodies, ensuring the wings are in a contrasting felt color. You also need to cut a tiny triangle out of another color to form the bird’s beak.

bird felt cut outs

Once you’re done, you should have six pieces that look like the above.

hot glueing felt pieces together

Step Five

Let’s start assembling the birds! Now’s the time to whip out your glue gun (although you can use a cold glue if you’re making this with kids).

putting paper clip on bookmark

Step Six

Glue the beak onto the main body, then glue the two main body pieces back-to-back. Next, glue the wings to either side of your bird, taking care to leave space for your paper clip.

holding felt bookmark with paperclip

The jumbo paperclip should fit snugly underneath the wing, with enough jutting out to be used as a bookmark.

sewing paperclip onto bookmark

Step Seven

Attaching the paperclip to your felted finch takes no time at all! You can use glue or a needle and thread (I chose to sew because it’s more secure).

paperclip sewed into bookmark

Using a single strand of thread, sew the top of the paperclip to your bird in an arch. This will keep it from moving around unnecessarily, as it would if you just sewed it down in one spot.

glueing felt wing to bird bookmark

Step Eight (Optional)

If you’re gluing your clip, just dot the top of the paperclip with glue before pressing it down beneath the wing. Let it dry.

bird bookmark with glitter glue

Step Nine

Now that you have your base bird, it’s time for my favorite part of any craft… the decorations! I used glitter glue and a tiny black bead to adorn my bookmark, but you can use anything under the sun.

Sew sequins onto the bookmark for a more glamorous look, draw with markers, or keep it understated and straightforward if you’re more attached to the farmhouse aesthetic.

holding diy bookmark

In no time at all, you’ll have your very own custom bookmark! I guarantee that people will be clambering for one as soon as they see yours, so make sure you have extra felt handy.

Happy reading, you beautiful bookworms!

close up of two diy felt bird bookmarks

How Much Will These Bookmarks Cost in Total?

One of the great things about these adornments (besides how they look) is how cheap they are to make. I love making these to rid myself of any felt scraps lying around.

two bird bookmarks in open book

However, even if you’re making these from scratch, you won’t have to turn out your wallet to get a great result. No matter where you go, this shouldn’t cost more than $10 to make.

holding two completed bird bookmarks

Other DIY Projects for You

two felt DIY bookmarks in open book page

Yield: multiple bookmarks

How to Make a Bookmark

making bookmarks

This is the perfect gift for the bird-loving bookworm in your life (even if that bookworm is you!). Learn how to make a bookmark and customize the colors, bird breeds, and decorations to make it really special.

Active Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • Colored felt sheets
  • A piece of paper
  • Jumbo paper clips
  • Glitter glue

Tools

  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Black marker

Instructions

  1. Begin by gathering all your supplies. Make sure you have paperclips big enough to act as a bookmark; if they’re too small, they’ll disappear into the pages.
  2. Next up, sketch out your birds! Your bird needs two identical sides, so you can do this one of two ways: sketch two identical templates or use the same ones twice.
  3. You need a bird body, wings, and a tiny little beak to bring these critters to life.
  4. Now, it’s time to unearth your pieces from the felt. Use a dark body color and a contrasting wing color to make these beauties pop.
  5. To assemble the birds, use a glue gun to stick the beak to the base. Then, glue both bases together. This forms your double-sided bird.
  6. The wings are next! Glue the wing down on one side, then glue the second wing on the other side, leaving a space big enough to fit the paperclip.
  7. Now for the final step. You can use glue to attach your paperclip, or you can use a needle and thread. Whichever method you choose, affix the clip under the bird’s wing, and you’re done!
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