DIY Watercolour Bookmarks
I have another lovely guest contributor for you guys today, this time all the way from the UK. Emma is an event stylist by day and when she’s not making weddings look gorgeous, she’s getting her craft on for her blog over at Lily Allsorts. She has some gorgeous tutorials over there, you definitely should have a peek.
This week she has whipped up these lovely bookmarks and I’m loving the watercolour pattern she’s done. I normally go for more of a blendy splosh look (know what I mean?) and haven’t really tried other abstract patterns yet. I want to put this print on a million things – really on trend and fun. It’s also crazy how long I’ve been using a daggy piece of cardboard as a bookmark for years and have never thought to myself to make a nice one! Will definitely be added to the to do list.
Over to you Emma, thanks so much for sharing this awesomeness.
Hey Craft Hunter Readers! I’m Emma, designer, wedding stylist and filling the gaps in between: blogger at Lily Allsorts. There you’ll find me getting up to allsorts from sewing, knitting, painting, crafting, you name it it’s probably a hobby of mine! I’m a creative at heart and love the satisfaction of making something completely unique!
Today I’m sharing with you these fun watercolour bookmarks, which basically incorporate everything I love: colour, pattern, glitter & tassels. Oh and the ability to keep the page in my latest Game of Thrones book of course.
- Paper template download
- White Card Stock. One A4 sheet can make 3/4
- Watercolour paints & brush
- Glitter card
- Washi tape
- Hole punch
- Black wool/embroidery thread
- Gold ribbon/pleather
- Darning needle
To make the bookmark:
- First up – the fun part! Take the sheet of your card and cut it in half. On the first half doodle with your watercolour paints. Be completely random and make any sort of squiggle or mark. Experiment with using different things to print textures. I chose to stick to tones of a single colour but you can mix it up with whatever you fancy!
- Once dry, use your paper template to cut out the main arrow shape. Cut one from the watercolour card and one from the plain card for the back.
- Glue the two arrow shapes together to create a stiffer bookmark.
- Use the washi tape and glitter card to make arrow shapes on the bottom.
- Punch a hole in the top of the arrow for the tassel.
To make the tassel:
- Use a piece of card around double the length you wish your tassel to be.
- Wrap the wool around the card and cut each end.
- Gather the lengths of wool and tie another piece around the middle. This will be used to hand the tassel so ensure it is quite long.
- Fold the lengths in half to form the basic tassel shape.
- Wrap another piece of wool around the top of the tassel and secure with a knot. Darn in loose ends within the rest of the tassel.
- Attach to the bookmark by threading the remaining threads through the hole in the bookmark. Thread back through the tassel and secure with a knot. Again, darn in the loose ends.
- You may wish to finish the tassel with some ribbon or pleather. Secure with glue.
Enjoy keeping your page in your book!
Thank you Fiona for having me here