We all have special people in our lives, and no doubt there has been a time for each and every one of those in yours when you have planned to surprise him or her with a thoughtful gift. Recently I found myself wanting to do something nice for my sweetie, and true to crafty gal nature, I set about making a handmade gift he’d (hopefully!) treasure for a long time.
I decided to make a DIY bookmark for my boyfriend since in the recent past he had complimented my Alice in Wonderland bookmark set I whipped together. I already had my materials laying around, so this project didn’t take me very long at all. If you are thinking of making a bookmark like this one, expect it to take you no more than two hours. As far as the materials I gathered, I had some scrapbook leftovers about the shape of a postcard, a hole punch, ribbon, a glue stick, and scissors.
My boyfriend loves to play the guitar, so I knew the card with the musical notes within a heart-shape had to be part of my bookmark. To continue to be cheesy without being too, “love love love!” I chose a second card with a quote I figured he would appreciate. Each card is just different enough from the other while still matching, so each side of the finished project would have visual interest.
The first step was to bring the two cards together by smearing glue on each edge and then pressing the pieces onto each other. The “back” or plain side of each card went together so that a pretty design can be seen on each side.
Glue isn’t always the most reliable craft tool in the world, so I decided to punch holes along one side of the bookmark and weave ribbon through them. Before I pulled out the hole punch, however, I used a colored pencil to mark where each hole should go.
Then I punched those babies out! I carefully made sure each hole was hugging the edge without being too close to the point the holes ripped.
Next, I cut two pieces of ribbon in the same length (one gray, one silver with sparkles) and wove them together through the newly-created holes in my bookmark. I made sure to cut more ribbon than I anticipated needing just to be safe, and left about 8 inches on each side after the weaving was done. As a final step, I tied the two ribbon tails on each end of the bookmark into a bow.
Just for kicks, I rounded the corners of the bookmark with scissors, and then attached a small photo of the two of us I thought he’d like (and to give the bookmark an even greater air of personalization).
And I had a completed DIY bookmark! For those of you looking to surprise a loved one with a handmade gift, don’t be afraid that it’s going to be too difficult or take more time than you have to invest in the project. You can make a bookmark like I did, or any other sort of craft that has your signature on it. The most important thing to keep in mind is taking the time to make a heartfelt present is always going to have more meaning than one that is purchased. So don’t be too worried about perfection. As long as you can cook something up with love and creativity, your gift is sure to be treasured forever!
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