Magnetic Bookmark DIY

Today is the first day of Literary Love 14! And today I have one of the easiest bookish projects here for you today, a Magnetic Bookmark DIY.

Magnetic Bookmark DIY via Love at First Book

Now if you know me at all, you know I carry a book with me EVERYWHERE I go.  And a pet peeve of mine is my bookmark falling out of my book.  The solution to this problem?  A magnetic bookmark.  I made one maybe 7 years ago and I still use it.

So today I am going to show you how you can make your own magnetic bookmark easily and quickly, with just a few materials.

Magnetic Bookmark DIY via Love at First Book

Don’t you love my old file folder? It’s titled “Rebecca’s Bat Mitzvah” – an event that happened over 15 years ago. . . yup, still have the file folder apparently.

MATERIALS

  • File folder – new or old, it doesn’t matter.
  • Scrapbook paper – here I chose a cute owl print and some leftover “air mail” paper from another craft project
  • White chalk – for tracing, it’s so much easier to remove than pencil or pen, but you can use pencil for tracing, too
  • Scissors or a paper cutter 
  • Glue – I used Elmer’s Glue-All, but I’ve also used the regular Elmer’s glue and it works just fine
  • Magnets – I like the magnetic tape on a roll because you get a good amount for a small price and can cut the magnet strips the exact size you want. Also, my magnetic tape has a sticky back, so I don’t even need to use glue for that part of the project.
  • Ruler – Not pictured because I can’t find one (the perils of being in temporary housing), but if you don’t have a ruler, you can use the straight edge of anything, like a book

 

PROCEDURE

1. Gather your materials and find a good working space.

2. Take a look at your scrapbook paper.  If you fold it over the crease in the file folder will half of it be upside down?

Below, I provide an example of what I mean.  My owls would be upside down if I folded them over, so for the owls, I needed to cut one piece to fit each side of the bookmark. For my air mail paper, it doesn’t matter if it’s upside down, so I can just fold the paper over the crease.

Magnetic Bookmark DIY via Love at First Book

3. If your paper needs to be upright on both sides, trace and cut your scrapbook paper so that you have 2 pieces that are the same size for both the front and the back of the bookmark.  Then, trace and cut the file folder, with the crease at the top (so you can use it as the “bend” in the bookmark), so that if you open up your file folder piece, you will have a piece that is double the length of what you cut.

If your paper does not have the upside-down problem, you can fold it over the creased edge and glue it first.  Then, you can trace and cut the file folder to the size of a bookmark once it dries.

Magnetic Bookmark DIY via Love at First Book

4. Take your scrapbook bookmark pieces and glue them to the outside of your file folder bookmark.

Magnetic Bookmark DIY via Love at First Book

 

4. Cut your magnetic tape.  You need 2 pieces of tape that are the same size for 1 bookmark.

Stick or glue one of the magnets where you would like it on the inside of the bookmark, near the bottom. Then, unstick the second magnet, turn it to the wrong side (the magnetic side, with the sticky side up), and place it on top of the glued-down magnet.  Then, close the bookmark.  This will attach the second magnet to the exact place where it goes, and the bookmark will close perfectly, magnetically together.

Magnetic Bookmark DIY via Love at First Book

5. Once they dry, try them out in a book!

Magnetic Bookmark DIY via Love at First Book

They won’t fall out, no matter how hard you shake the book upside down!

Magnetic Bookmark DIY via Love at First Book

Signature

 

Literary Love 2014

Did you write a book love-ish post for this week?

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147 thoughts on “Magnetic Bookmark DIY

  1. So cute – and LOVE that owl paper! I’m going to make one of these for myself and one for my daughter – we both carry a book everywhere and will get plenty of good use out of this project!

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  2. What a great little project. Your instructions are so easy to follow and I can’t wait for the grand to get here so we can work on some together for him to give out as presents.

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  3. What a great project! I can definitely see making these for myself – a book lover, but also as gifts or maybe for next year’s Valentine’s or something. I know a lot of folks are going the way of e-readers, as I am, but this would also be good for marking favorite recipes in cookbooks, or other resource books. Thanks for sharing and I love the idea of using chalk for tracing – totally brilliant!

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    • Thanks Sarah! Also, even though lots of us go the e-reader route, a lot of people I know (including myself!) who use the e-reader also read physical books and kind of switch off. So there still might be a physical bookmark need there, at least for some readers!

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  4. Lovely DIY, and I enjoyed reading your easy-to-follow directions, too! Personally I stick with old-fashioned thin paper bookmarks for one reason: I am a perfectionist, and never more so than when it comes to my books! There are different bookmark styles I have tried in the past that have actually damaged my books. So ever since then, I’m too wary to try anything. In the case of magnetic bookmarks, I guess I’m too worried that the thickness of the magnet (even a thinner one) will leave a permanent impression on the pages. Do you find that to be the case with this particular homemade magnetic bookmark? The magnetic strip does look way thinner than the type of magnets I’ve seen on the magnetic bookmarks available at bookstores I frequent. I wonder also if maybe the regular glue could be substituted with a glue stick to avoid the wrinkles in the paper caused by the glue :)?

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    • Laila,

      For the glue – for sure. I am currently in temporary housing (traveling with hubby for his work), so I don’t have all of my crafting supplies, which made it hard for me to be able to use a glue that wouldn’t cause wrinkles. But you could always use a paintbrush and watered down glue to prevent that.

      As for the magnet and the pages. . . I’m not sure. It’s not something I have noticed before, but I’m not as picky about that as much as I am pickier about keeping my place in my book.

      Thanks for stopping by!!! 😀

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  5. This post is great, but I must say that your blog is fantastic! I love how into reading you are. I have a degree in English, so I totally get it 😀 I really love the bookmark with the air mail print. Super vintage chic!

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  6. Great Idea! This project combines 2 things I love: DIY and reading! Great example of a cute, simple solution to an irritating problem us avid readers face. It would be a cute add- on if giving a book as a gift 🙂 Definitely going to have to make a few of these! Thanks for the great idea and well- thought out instructions and photos.

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  7. I never thought these could be so easy to make–yeah, count me in for making these. And, thank you for the inspiration.

    I have a few ideas for some promotional items that these could work for.

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