Hello everyone! Today I have a super easy, fun project for you! These are book marks made from lengths of ribbon and charms.
To make these pretty books marks you will need:
ribbon of various lengths and sizes
ribbon crimps, also in various sizes and in either silver or gold or both
jump rings in silver, gold or both
misc. charms OR you can create your own beaded dangles or tassles if you desire
pair of flat nosed pliers for jewelry making
super glue or jewelry glue (optional)
To begin cut a length of ribbon measuring 12 inches (this seems to be a good standard size but feel free to make it any length!) Make sure your cuts are straight so the ribbon crimps will look neat and tidy!
Pick out the appropriate size ribbon crimp for your ribbon. If you can’t find an exact fit just use the closest one. This is also a good time to get your jump rings and charms ready.
Next, apply a thin strip of super glue, such as the one below. I like this one because it’s a gel so it’s not as messy. (you do not have to use adhesive but I feel it gives you added strength, plus it keeps the ribbon ends from fraying).
Carefully place your ribbon crimp over the ribbon end, centering it. Now you can use your flat nosed pliers to squeeze the crimp shut, make sure you do this on each side of the crimp.
This is one style of ribbon crimp that I purchased from Walmart. Not sure which brand, but these are a bit harder to squeeze shut.
I actually prefer this brand/type. I got these at JoAnn’s and they are much easier to work with. (sorry, again not sure which brand, but they have little dots on them!)
The next step is to add your jump rings. There are many videos online about using jump rings if you are not sure how to do this. Basically you want to use 2 pairs of round nose pliers, one to hold the jump ring steady and the other to open the jump ring. Open it wide enough to slide on your charm, then attach to the ribbon crimp (make sure you have it the right way around!) and then close your jump ring. Now you’re finished!
It’s so much fun to personalize your bookmarks with your charms. Here are some more samples:
I hope you enjoyed this simple, fun craft and will try it for yourself! All of the materials came either from Walmart or JoAnn’s and are all very inexpensive and easy to use!
Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting my blog today!
Hugs to all!