DIY wedding bookmarks are easy to make and have SO many uses! #Invitation DIY#invitations#literature theme#programs#reception cards#save the date#tutorial#wedding favors October 4 | Guest post by Liz Gubernatis Bookmarks are a small canvas for expressing yourself. Typically only a few square inches, there's still plenty of room for information and illustration. And they can be super handy for Save the Date that'll remind every time someone opens their book; using as a program marker in a hymnal at just the right song for your ceremony; using as favors and/or place setting markers. Also, they make the PERFECT addition to literary/book-themed weddings. Where are my book nerds!? Whether you're saving the page or saving the date, a bookmark is a simple but effective DIY project you can tackle, and here's how to make your own… complete with tassel. Materials and Tools Related Post Check out these library card Save the Dates Check out FolkFusionista's library card Save the Dates! They are pretty perfect, seeing as her future husband "J" is a Librarian and they are both... Read more File folders, cereal boxes, paint chips, or cardstock material Scissors Embroidery Floss Corner Punch (optional) Single hole punch Bookmark Procedure Step 1: Measure and cut out your bookmark's rectangle (or other zanier shape). Step 2: Use corner punch to round corners. Step 3: Decorate with markers, stamps, stickers, etc. Step 4: Use hole punch to add hole for tassel. Tassel Procedure Step 1: Take the wrappers off embroidery floss. Unwind four full rounds and cut into eight pieces (each piece will be one length of the skein of floss. Step 2: Thread a piece through one end of the embroidery floss. Tie off a loop. Trim down to the knot. Step 3: Wrap a second piece of floss tightly around the head of the tassel and tie off tightly. Trim close to knot. Step 4: Repeat on other end of floss, then pinch in centers and repeat again. Step 5: Cut floss midway between each head loop. You may have to trim ends and fluff tassels. Step 6: Attach tassels to bookmarks with loops. Tips: You can use any kind of cardstock or stiffer paper for this project. Paint chips, cereal boxes, photo paper, old calendars, or your favorite scrapbook paper. You can run paper through a printer, make a stamp to help you keep everything uniform, or freehand your designs giving everyone something a bit different and quirky. If you're having trouble visualizing the steps for the tassel, try this all-in-one explanation in blue: Your Turn! Okay bookish brides: How would you use your own custom bookmarks in your wedding? Get your daily dose of Offbeat AWESOME Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Liz Gubernatis Liz is a Pepsi addict who married her sword-wielding urban Viking (who probably inspired the “What’s in YOUR wallet?” commercials) on 1-1-11. Originally from Nebraska, she spent some time on the East Coast but left before it made her hard-hearted, landing back in the Midwest, where she thrives. She sews, paints, cooks, bakes, plays with paper, computers and cats, loves chocolate, peanut butter, and popcorn, and frequently purges her apartment to make room for more fabric, craft supplies, and projects to play with. http://swordinthestove.com PREVIOUS A geeky and gorgeous forest preserve wedding NEXT Natalie & Iliana's laid-back bounce house wedding Show/Hide comments [ 15 ] YEAH Hy-Vee brand soda! 6 agree Reply YAY bookmarks! I'll be creating bookmarks to use as escort cards, which will tie into my centerpieces (a small stack of hardcover books with lanterns on top) 3 agree Reply AWESOME. I demand porn of all of it. 🙂 3 agree Reply Will do! Reply I sent my bookmarks with the invites set between the front of the "book" and the invitation wording. I did not do the full tassel but instead did ribbons in red and purple, pulled through the heart shaped hole then draped behind the back of the "book". 2 agree Reply That sounds beautiful! Any pictures? 🙂 Reply Not yet. I still have all the pieces and the extras that I made just in case and hadn't taken the time yet. But I plan too once the wedding and honeymoon and moving are done. Reply I finally got it uploaded to the Offbeat bride photo pool. http://www.flickr.com/photos/easttxrose/8133505832/in/pool-offbeatbride Reply Love it. OMG PRINTING ON PAINT CHIPS FOR SAVE THE DATES. OMG. 2 agree Reply This is the coolest idea ever! I have so many paint chips floating around (I collect them for collaging), so I should totally do this. Reply How about combining this with a photo booth and having guests make their own wedding favors? Cheap? Check. Easy?check. Memorable? Hell yeah! Reply I am in love with this idea! Just make up a bajillion little tassels for them to add to their photos & have a hole punch nearby. BAM. 1 agrees Reply So cute and creative! I've been looking for a way to let our guests know about our charity donation favor and these might be just perfect!~ 1 agrees Reply I honestly got the biggest kick outta seeing the Hyvee soda…lol moved from the midwest to AZ when I was young, and we don't have those here. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via emailGet only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of all comments on this post. No more than a few emails daily, which you can reply to/unsubscribe from directly from your inbox. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. 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