A Budget-Friendly Craft for Bookworms: Paint Chip Bookmarks

Photography by Jessica Jones, How About Orange

It’s no secret that we are a bunch of bookworms here at CF.ca. But when it comes to book accessories, we can be a little hopeless. Things that we have used as a bookmark in the past few months include a TTC pass, a movie ticket stub, a cable bill, a paper clip, a Post-It note and a greeting card. What can we say? Bookmarks can be a little on the pricey side, especially if you’re the type who has more than one book on the go at a time (and doesn’t own an eReader). Thankfully, we’ve found a solution to our bookmark woes over at How About Orange, the blog of graphic and textile designer Jessica Jones. And of course, it involves one of our favourite budget-friendly craft materials: paint chips.

We think this project is perfect for adults and kids alike, as kiddos can really put their imaginations to work and decorate their bookmarks with stickers, doodles and just about anything else they’d like. And the best part? If your bookmark gets lost, you can replace it for less than a dollar. We like the sound of that.

What you’ll need:
• Paint chips
• Scissors
• Glue
• Ribbon
• Hole punch

You’ll find the quick how-to for these paint chip bookmarks over at How About Orange. We also saw a cute variation on this over on Pinterest, featuring little heart cut-outs (made with a heart-shaped hole punch), that would make a lovely Valentine for your child’s classroom friends.

Need a few books to go along with your new bookmarks? Check out the 21 books we want to read right now, and these picks from our friends at Quill & Quire for the best books for young people in spring 2012.

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