Easy DIY Bookmarks!

I love to read and I do it frequently. You can only imagine how many bookmarks I have gone through in my life. The paper ones tear, the metal ones discolor the pages, the wooden ones break… I had to come up with a better idea because these are just not working out for me.  So, I’ve seen people make magnets using this same technique and I decided I could use it to make bookmarks.  It is super easy and only takes a few minutes (excluding the time you are waiting for the glue to dry.)

diy glas tile bookmarks

diy bookmark supplies

DIY bookmark supplies:

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diy bookmark instructions

Step 1: cut a circle in your scrapbook paper

First, you are going to need a pattern or design.

I made mine with Photoshop but you can search the internet to find some cute ones to print out. I’ve also seen people use scrapbook paper, which always looks cute!

Cut out the design. Make your edges are neatly trimmed and that it does not extend the edges of your glass tile.

bookmarks made with scrapbook paper

Step 2: glue the design to your glass tile

Flip your glass tile over so that the round side is face down.

Add a small dot of Diamond Glaze on the back side of the glass tile and press your fingers from the center outward to ensure the glue makes its way to the edges.

Then, add a thick amount of Diamond Glaze on the back of the design like in the picture above. Make sure you cover the entire surface so that the design does not lift. This is our sealer.

Wait for the glue on the back of the tile to dry. This will take around 30 minutes.

At this point you glue should be dry. When you flip over the tile it should look something like this.

Step 3:

Get some hot melt glue and and adhere the paper clip to the back of the glass tile.

At this point, I am regretting not adding the paper clip in the last step because the hot melt glue is looking pretty messy. Note to self.

paper clip bookmarks

The finished product looks cute and functions the way I want it to.

glass tile bookmarks

I really enjoyed making these and the results make me happy as well. The one on the far left is my favorite!

I am sure you will see plenty more of my crafts using this technique. If you decide to make any of these I would love to see them! Please tag me on Instagram or twitter if you post them. You can also use #makesomethingmondays to get my attention!

DIY Business Card Holder

DIY business card holder from an Altoid tin

 

I am getting to a point in my career where I need a place to store business cards. Does that mean I am going to buy a business card holder? No way! I am going to make one. I think you will all enjoy this one! The way to design your business card holder is entirely up to you. It can be girly, masculine, or just professional. That is why I like this one so much. It is completely personalized.

 

Materials for a DIY business card holderThings You Will Need:
Tin can
Ribbon
Scissors
Pencil/pen
Paint Brush
Mod Podge
Diamond glaze
Scrapbook paper

 

painting altoid tinsStep 1:

The first step is optional. I didn’t like being able to see the nutrition info on the bottom of the tin, so I painted over it with black fingernail polish.

 

how to make a business card holder

 

Step 2:

Trace the tin onto the back of your chosen scrapbook paper and cut it out. Make sure it fits the top of the tin. If not, trim as needed.

 

Mod podge: layer 1Step 3:

Add a light layer of Mod Podge to the top of your tin.

 

adding some color to the business card holderStep 4:

Press down your pre-cut scrapbook paper onto the top of the tin. Make sure you press down on the edges. Let it dry.

 

mod podge: layer 2Step 5:

Put another layer of Mod Podge on top of the scrapbook paper. Let it dry.

 

adding-ribbonsStep 6:

Add some decorative elements if you want. I chose a gray ribbon and a white ribbon.

 

diamond glazeStep 7:

Add a layer of Diamond Glaze to the scrapbook paper. You will have to let this glue dry for several hours. Over night is ideal.

business-card-holder-cover

 

Step 8:

After an hour or so add in your extra decorative elements (if you want them) such as beads, buttons, or anything raised.

 

 

DIY business card holder from an Altoid tin

DIY Business card holder

Now you have a cute, yet professional business card holder! A recycled business card holder!

Happy crafting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Washer Pendant

Another fun, yet cheap, idea! Go get some washers from a hardware store (about 3 cents), some scrapbook paper and string or wire and make yourself a cute necklace pendant. Doesn’t take long and costs very little.

 

 

Things You Will Need:

String
Washers
Mod Podge
Paint brush
Diamond glaze
Scissors/exacto knife

 

 

Step 1:

Measure and cut some of your scrapbook paper to match the size of the washer you have chosen. You will need some for the front and back. Don’t mind the rough edges just yet because those will be glued down and you won’t be able to tell a difference.

 

 

Step 2:

Apply some Mod Podge to one side of your washer.

 

 

 

 

Step 3:

Press the scrapbook paper on to the washer. Make sure the glue gets pushed all the way to the ends.  Run your finger around the inside and outside of the washer to make sure all of the edges of the scrapbook paper are glued down.

 

 

 

Step 4:

Coat the scrapbook paper with a few layers of Mod Podge just to make sure it is securely fastened.

*Repeat steps 1-4 for the opposite side.

 

 

Step 5: (optional)

Once both sides are dry lay your soon-to-be pendant on a flat surface and apply an even layer of diamond glaze to the upward side. Make sure you get to the edges and inside. This will make your pendant look like it is covered in glass. It will be very shiny once it dries. Wait several hours before touching it again. This stuff takes quite a while to dry.

*repeat for opposite side once finished.

 

 

 

Slip some string through it and you have a lovely new pendant! This picture really doesn’t do it justice unfortunately.  When I have some better lighting I will take another one.

I plan to make a few more of these so I will be sure to post them on here when I finish. Thanks!

 

 

DIY Glass Jewelry Designs



If you have been following me for a bit, these pieces of jewelry will look very similar to my bookmark designs. They are made in a similar fashion and are fun and easy to create. Hopefully you enjoy it.

 

Things You Will Need:

Pattern
Scissors
Glass Tiles
Diamond Glaze
Chains, pendants, earring hooks, etc. (your choice how many of these things you use.)

*everything on this list, besides the linked objects, were bought at Michael’s. All of these things can be found at any craft/hobby store.

 

 

 

Step 1:

Lay your glass tile down with the back facing up. The back is more flat. squeeze a small amount of  Diamond Glaze onto the back of the tile.

 

 

Step 2:

Press your pre-cut pattern onto the dot of glue. Make sure the glue reaches the edges of the tile before it dries.

 

 

Step 3:

Put a small amount of the Diamond Glaze onto your pendant backing of choice.

 

 

Step 4:

Press the tile onto to the pendant backing and let it sit to dry. You should have something similar to the above picture.

 

 

Step 5:

Add some earring hooks in and you are finished!

 

You can make compass earrings

 

Or a new necklace

 

You can make just about anything you want.

 

I will be adding these to Etsy at some point this week and you will be able to purchase them if you are interested. If you would like something that is not above, let me know and we will work something out. Thanks for reading.

 

Happy designing!