I keep magazine articles and pictures in a file for inspiration. This Fall, I pulled out this idea for charmed bookmarks featured in May, 2011, Country Living Magazine. I decided to make some for Christmas gifts.
I gathered the supplies. The ends of each ribbon are clamped with a v-shaped bracket with “teeth” to grab the ribbon. These brackets have a loop on the outer edge for embellishments to be added. Handy, huh? I found mine at Hobby Lobby.
I wanted to make 3 bookmarks, so I cut 3 lengths of ribbon at 10″ each. My ribbon is velour on one side, so it’s thicker than most. I bought the only size “end” brackets my nearby Hobby Lobby stocks, and that dictated my width of ribbon – 1/4″. The brackets are very tiny, so I needed two pairs of pliers to hold everything while I clamped the ends of each ribbon. A dot of glue on each end under the bracket is needed so it doesn’t pull out. I used E6000, because that’s what I use for most everything crafty.
I’d purchased some charms at the craft store to use at one end of each bookmark. But, as I was digging in my jewelry box this morning, I spotted a lonely earring – lost the mate and never found it. Hey, that’s a great way to re-purpose an odd earring! Glad I thought of that! See the snowflake? That’s the one – perfect for a Christmas gift, y’all.
I tied a tiny red ribbon at the other end of each bookmark, ’cause that made it Christmas-y. Next time, rather than ribbon at the end, I’ll pick up a tiny tassel and try that for a dressier look.
These will be nice for hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, or a gift for any time of year. So quick and fun, y’all!