This week’s Have A Frugalicious Christmas post is beaded bookmarks.
These bookmarks are easy, extremely inexpensive, and make perfect gifts for any of the girls or women in you life. And guys too if you can find a manly charm to go on the end. Just don’t call it a ‘charm’ around him. Call it a page clamping tool, or a micro-screwdriver, or hammer for tiny, tiny spaces, or a steak or something. Just not a charm, or dangly, or pendant.
What’s even better about creating your own bookmark is pairing it with a classic book. Barnes and Noble classics are inexpensive and perfect for gifting. I think I got mine for $2 a piece on sale in their bargain books section.
Before I get started, I want to apologize for the cruddy-ness of the photos. We decided to go out of town last minute so I grabbed my supplies and did the project, took and edited the pictures, and am writing this entire post in the car. It’s fun – and time is going by pretty fast because I’m busy doing something.
There is so much room for creativity with this project, and because of this it is a great use-what-you-have craft. I grabbed some different beads and charms on my way out the door, along with a spool or ribbon I got from the Dollar Tree.
Here are the basics of what you’ll need.
- 1 spool of ribbon (thought saying the word ‘spool’ around your 12 year old son may get you called ‘grandma’ - just a warning).
- different beads with bigger holes in them
Many of these items can be found for very cheap at a craft store, or go to your local thrift store and pick up some old pieces of beaded jewelry. I love taking apart old necklaces and using the beads for new creations.
First, you’ll want to cut a piece of ribbon one and a half times longer than you want it to end up. Make sure to cut each end to a point to make threading easier.
Slide on your beads. You’ll want to do this on both ends of the ribbon. Tie off the top end of the bookmark. I just tied a knot, creating a loop at the top because I thought it was cute.
Then, add your charm to the bottom of the bookmark. This is where you decide how long you want your bookmark to be. If you already have a book gift in mind you can use that as your guide. If not, use an average size book to measure your bookmark length. Once you have your bottom beads pushed up far enough create your desired length bookmark, add your charm and tie the end off, trimming any excess ribbon away.
If you want to ensure your ends don’t come untied put a dab of glue on each knot, rubbing it in well. When this dries it will harden the knots helping them to hold firm.
This project cost me less than $2. It was quick, easy, and required no sewing or gluing. However, depending on what you want to do you can go the extra mile and sew, glue, embellish, etc…
And there you have it, a cheap, easy, and personal gift!
I’ll post a new frugal Christmas gift/idea next Saturday!