How to Make Bookmarks (the Lazy Way)

I am certainly not the most creative person. I wish I could do all that fun creative stuff, but it just never works out for me. Making bookmarks is one of the few ways I can express my small creative abilities.

When it comes to marking my page in books, I am a bookmark gal through and through. There’s nothing wrong with dog-earing a page or using whatever random item is closest to you, but there’s also no reason to when you can make a cute bookmark in a few simple steps!

What you’ll need:
  • Index cards
  • Drawing utensils
    • Colored pencils
    • Crayons
    • Pens
    • Markers
    • Whatever you like to use to draw!
Step One: Set up your work station


The first step might be an obvious one, but it’s no less important (like preheating your oven). I like to use my extensive Sharpie collection to create my bookmarks.

Step Two: Create a design on your index card


Here’s the start of one of my bookmarks. You can choose whatever design your heart desires. I chose a red and silver color scheme for this one because it is inspired by the Night Circus by Erin Morgnestern.

Step Three: Add your words


Here are three examples of bookmarks I have created with words. You’re welcome to go straight to this step with your design (as seen on the top right hand corner). Here, I completed my Night Circus bookmark as well as a design and quote inspired by the broccoli tree and a quote from Matthew Quick’s Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. I often create bookmarks that are only a quote without a design.

Step Four: Laminate them (Bonus step!)


This step only works if you want to be extra like me. And if you have a laminator. I was actually gifted this one for my birthday in the past. I like laminating my new bookmarks because it makes them far more durable. However, the index card works just as well without this step.

Step Five: Enjoy your new bookmarks!


It’s not hard to put these beauties to good use! The next time you start a new book, reach for one of your new homemade bookmarks.


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