Burlap Bookmarks

How to make a burlap bookmark


I love to read – but with all of my days being so busy, sometimes I hit the pillow at night realizing I haven’t cracked a book open all day. I love getting caught up in a good story, and I feel that reading definitely boosts my brainpower. So I’ve made it one of my New Year’s resolutions to read again!


This project is the perfect gift for the person in your life who has promised themselves to get reading in the New Year. Make some personalized photo bookmarks and include a TwoSmiles gift card to purchase a few new books. This is one gift that I might give myself! Here’s how I made them.


How to make a burlap bookmark



How to make a burlap bookmark


Step 1

Use a program like PowerPoint to organize and crop your photos. I chose one large photo and cropped it to approximately 1.4” x 6.5”. I also made photo strips using my Instagram photos. I imported them into PowerPoint and resized them to 1.3” square, then stacked five on top of each other.


TIP#1: If you have any photos with words in them, you’ll want to reverse those photos on the computer so that you can read the text when printed.


How to make a burlap bookmark


Step 2

Print your photos in color onto the Iron-On Transfer paper using your HP Printer.


How to make a burlap bookmark


Step 3

Trim your photos exactly on the edges using your scissors.


How to make a burlap bookmark


Step 4

Follow the instructions on the package to iron the transfers onto your fabric. You’ll use the highest setting on your iron, and it will take about three minutes.


TIP #2: Remember to move the iron around, back and forth over the transfers.


How to make a burlap bookmark


Step 5

When the iron-on has cooled, slowly peel it from the fabric. The fabric will show through the iron-on, making a cool design!


How to make a burlap bookmark


Step 6

Mod Podge over the top of the photos plus approximately 1” around each edge.


TIP #3: Make sure you Mod Podge that extra inch around the edge. You’ll do this so that you can cut around the photo strip without it fraying.


Let dry for about 20 minutes. Then trim around the photo strip, leaving about ½” of fabric showing on each edge.


How to make a burlap bookmark


Step 7

Add a medium layer of Mod Podge to the back of each fabric strip.


How to make a burlap bookmark


Step 8

Place the photo strips, Mod Podge side down, onto strips of burlap and smooth. Let dry for 20 minutes and then trim, leaving about ½” of burlap around each edge. Leave a little bit more at the top.


How to make a burlap bookmark


Step 9

Use your awl to pierce a hole in the burlap – move it around slightly to make the hole wider.


How to make a burlap bookmark


Step 10

Push the middle of your ribbon or ric rac through the hole to make a loop; thread both ends of the ribbon or ric rac through the loop and cinch down.


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These bookmarks make great gifts! And you know what would go well with them? Your recipient would love a TwoSmiles gift card! These are print-at-home greeting cards with the added special touch of being gift cards as well. There are tons of cute designs, and you can personalize them. I recommend a TwoSmiles gift card to Barnes & Noble or Amazon to give with your bookmarks, but of course that is up to you!


What photos would you put on your bookmarks? Who would you gift this project to? We’d love for you to make your own version of this project and share it in our Idea Exchange!










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