DIY Book Cover and Bookmark

May 12th, 2010

As promised, I’ve got another wedding DIY for all of you today! Better yet, this Book Cover and Bookmark coordinate with yesterday’s DIY Favor Bags. Adorned with the phrase “True love stories never have endings” this bookmark says it all. What better way to celebrate your big day than with a beautiful book to remeber it by.

Weddings are a day shared with family and friends and a brief moment to express your gratitude and feelings for one another. Sometimes it’s hard to say it yourself so let your favorite book or collection of poems say it for you. Simply cover a book with paper in coordinating colors and weave a bookmark through for the perfect favor. The best part, the bookmark doubles as a seating card with space at the bottom for a name or note.

A book favor would be lovely at an intimate wedding or at a book themed bridal shower. These would also make perfect gifts for your wedding party as a token of thanks. Don’t have a favorite book? Cover a journal or album of photos instead. It’s a simple way to add a personal touch to just about anything.

Materials
Decorative Paper (Like these from Snow & Graham, Elum or Hello Lucky)
Color Printer
Card Stock
Craft Knife
Ruler
1/8″ Craft Punch
Ribbon

Instructions
Download the Bookmark Template and follow directions within the template on how to enter names, cut and construct. Punch hole at top with 1/8″ craft punch and thread coordinating ribbon through hole at top. Add a little more detail by adding an eyelet to the hole before tying the ribbon.

Pre-cut and fold your decorative paper to wrap around your book. If the book already has a cover, use as a template for the new one. If creating one from scratch, make sure it’s the same height as the book and remember to leave at least 3 inches on either side to fold in to the inside front cover. Once wrapped, firmly crease the spine and edges with fingers.

To weave the bookmark through, you’ll need to create two slits in the center of the book cover using a craft knife. The slits should be slightly wider than the book mark; approximately 2″ wide. I recommend making a sample one to practice and use as a template for the remaining book covers. After slits have been cut, wrap cover around book and carefully weave bookmark through slots.

19 Responses to “DIY Book Cover and Bookmark”

  1. claire Says:

    Amazing! I love it. I was planning on doing something like this for my brother’s rehearsal dinner and it was so nice to find this post today and see this idea in real life. Beautiful! I just love your work!! You really have the best ideas and your photos are amazing too! Have a great day!

  2. Alicia Clinton Says:

    you always have the best DIY projects! thanks for sharing Kathleen!

  3. Hilary / Lovely and Gracious Says:

    What great presentation! Very nice!

  4. Truly Smitten Says:

    I LOVE this idea! This is perfect for a party I’m planning =D

  5. designs at 109 Says:

    Your site is so lovely, and I just adore ALL of your projects :)

  6. Shannon Leahy Says:

    This is great! The bookmark detail here is divine. And I love the idea of giving books as the guest gift. I can’t think of a more useful and meaningful gift than your favorite book to share.

  7. seesaw Says:

    lovely patterns and color choices.

  8. Sandy Says:

    oh wow, these are soo beautiful! love the soft colors you used!! thanks for the DIY!

  9. Whatever DeeDee Wants Says:

    What a cute idea! I would love to use this idea for my book club. I just might have to plan a book club party :)

  10. Sandra Says:

    I just love the colors. You really know how to present a project.

  11. forget.me.knot.weddings Says:

    Love colors and you make it look so elegant! Great job!

  12. Kate Says:

    These are beautiful! I had such a throwback to covering textbooks in middle school as I was reading this post (plain brown paper, so that I could doodle all year long, obviously) – and it would never have dawned on me to try such a thing in such an elegant presentation. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Kelly Says:

    I’m in love with anything book related. And seeing as how my wife is an english phd student, she does too. So I think this would totally rock for a suprise bday party for her. YAY.

  14. Katie P. Says:

    I’m totally going to start reading now. Buks are gud to reed.

  15. Natalie Says:

    What a fun little project! This could even be great as favors for any other kind of party.

    Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  16. The Soirée Cafe Says:

    This is SUCH an amazing idea! I’m loving the colors and the contrast between the round white plates & the clean lines of the baby blue books. I was so smitten by the idea I had to feature it in a post – http://thesoireecafe.com/2010/05/15/book-cover-bookmark-diy-project/

  17. Maggie Rose Says:

    I love this idea, especially for a small wedding or bridal shower (so many books might get expensive for a large wedding!).

    The colors you used are beautiful! And I love the shot with the ribbons.

  18. joanna goddard Says:

    these are SO beautiful, i love them!!

  19. valerie Says:

    Great and really easy !