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  1. Mar 22, 2019
    HomesteaderWife

    HomesteaderWife Almost Self-Reliant

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    I recently picked up something and made that I haven't in a long time. When I was younger, I always had my nose in a book, but bookmarks were somehow extremely rare to find for me. I learned to make my own by using stick glue and pasting whatever I wanted to a piece of cardboard (one or double sided) then covering it with tape to make it durable and keep it from being messed up. I know it sounds silly, but they kept with me for years.

    I was doing a bit of cleaning recently and found an old calendar with beautiful paintings of birds on it. Especially hummingbirds- I love them so much, I wanted to keep that pretty artwork. So I took a piece of cardboard (thinner than average sort of like what they put inside the calendars originally) and pasted the birds to each side and cut them out. I then hole-punched it after taping them and threaded some colorful yarn through it. Ta-da, a repurposed calendar-turned-bookmark set for the seasons. The yarn helps you find your place a bit easier in the book.

    I know bookmarks are pretty cheap and easy to come by, but I had to go back to younger days and just make my own. They're not fancy, but they're fun to make and I can pick what I want on it. You can even print designs sometimes and do the same thing to make your own.

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  2. Mar 22, 2019
    wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Almost Self-Reliant

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    Those are wonderful!!!
    I used to make my own bookmarks too - the same technique as you did. I even gave some as gifts once, but they were not really well received so I saved thmm for myself from then on.
     
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  3. Mar 22, 2019
    frustratedearthmother

    frustratedearthmother Sustainability Master

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    I did that as a child...great memory! And, very pretty. :)
     
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    Lazy Gardener

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    I never made book marks, but love to read, and am always scrounging around for something to mark my place. Thanks for the sweet idea.
     
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    HomesteaderWife

    HomesteaderWife Almost Self-Reliant

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    I know they aren't fancy and I can't cut a straight line if it depended on it, hah! But I really do enjoy these bookmarks and they're personal and made from something repurposed so I'm proud nonetheless. I gave one to my mother-in-law and I think they'd be cute to give away randomly. I am considering perhaps taking religious/bible tract artwork and making some to hand out places?
     
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  6. Mar 23, 2019
    Marianne

    Marianne Super Self-Sufficient

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    Those are gorgeous!
     
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