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Recycled Bookmarks

By: Jen Goode

Do you like to create bookmarks?  Then you'll love these Recycled Bookmarks.  This is a cheap and fun project that you can make in under an hour.  Gather up your scraps and create these fun and useful bookmarks.  They make wonderful gift ideas for the bookworms in your life, and they would also be fun little gifts for the men and women in your bookclub.

Recycled Bookmarks


  • An empty cereal box
  • Spray adhesive, xyron adhesive or other adhesive
  • Hole punch or crop-a-dile
  • 1/8″ ribbon cut to an 8″ length
  • Scissors/paper cutter
  • Spray varnish
  • Designs to print or materials to hand draw your own designs



  1. Cut your cereal box into two sheets small enough to run through your printer, or hand draw/create your design directly onto one sheet of the cardboard.

    Recycled Bookmarks
  2. Using adhesive, add the other piece of cereal box cardboard to the back side so you now have one side with art and the other side is a nice clean brown (as opposed to the printed side of the cereal box). For this step I use an xyron to add adhesive to the entire back of the sheet of cardboard.
  3. Cut down to size using your cutter, cut your bookmarks from the sheet, approximately 1.5″ x 7″.
  4. I chose to use a crop-a-dile corner chopper to round the corners of my bookmarks (optional).
  5. Spray with varnish and let dry – you could also use laminate or run through your xyron to add a laminate before adding the final touches of your bookmarks (optional).
  6. Using a hole punch of crop-a-dile, puch a hole centered about 1/4″ from the top of each bookmark.
  7. Here I added an eyelet, but you can skip this step if you’d like (optional).
  8. Add the ribbon.
  9. Fold ribbon in half.
  10. Push through hole in bookmark.
  11. Pull other end of ribbon up and through the loop you just put through the hole.

    Recycled Bookmarks

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