Sunday, December 5, 2010

Easy Christmas Gift: Make a Bookmark

Giftgiving at Christmas can be a difficult and expensive task. It is truly the thought that counts but my thought is that I don't want to disappoint anyone. When I give a gift, I want the recipient to know I was thinking about them. Just about anyone could use a new bookmark and they can be personalized to fit the recipient. Handmade bookmarks are a perfect gift. They are quick and easy to make. They are inexpensive. They are fun to make. You can make them fit a personality, be a reminder of a shared memory, or just be a useful marker for a book. They can be given alone or with a book.
The simplest bookmark is just a rectangle of firm paper to mark a page. Used greeting cards work well alone and when attached to card stock papers or large satin ribbons. Recycling is a double gift that gives to nature as well as to a special friend.
Choose a sturdy piece of paper or greeting card picture and cut out a long rectangle. The average size paperback is approximately 4 X 7 inches so a bookmark should be less than 7 inches long and about 1 ½ - 2 1/2 inches wide. Decorate your paper with cutouts from greeting cards, stickers, paint, stamps, a comic, charms, or pictures. Pictures can be photocopied and cut into shapes and glued to the bookmark. Write a message on it. Leaving it plain is fine too. If you want to protect your bookmark from wear, you can put some heavy, clear tape across it. Clear packing tape works well. Next, you can punch a hole through the top and thread a piece of ribbon, yarn, rick rack, or lace trimming through the hole and tie a knot to keep the trim from falling out. You can also thread a pretty button through your yarn or card.

Bookmarks are a great gift. You can never have enough because they are easy to lose and they eventually wear out. Taking time to make a personal bookmark for a special friend can be a thoughtful way to show your friendship and love for that person.

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