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Emily's Blog: Tinfoil Bookmarks

By Gillian 25 Mar 2021

I started reading a new book the other day when I realised that I don’t have a bookmark. Reading is one of my favourite activities - maybe it’s yours too, or you know someone who reads a lot. Either way, if you’re a person that likes to read, owns a journal or just has lots of textbooks for your uni course, a bookmark will come in very handy for you, and making one can be a great way to relax and get creative. I decided to make the bookmarks in my favourite colour, which is black, and used tin foil to create a contrast with silver. This is also a mini project you won’t need any fancy decorative paper for as tin foil works perfectly and I’m sure most of you have some in your kitchen. Of course you can choose to substitute any of the materials if you want, but here is my version of these bookmarks.

What you will need:

  • Tin foil
  • A piece of black card
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • A silver pen/marker
  • Optional: pencil and ruler (this is in case you don’t want to freehand the details)
picture  of equipment needed

Preparation: cut out three equal, rectangular strips of black card for three bookmarks (or any amount depending on how many you want to make). Make sure they are wide enough to decorate them.

3 paper strips

The Only-Tinfoil Bookmark

1. This striped bookmark is ideal if you don’t want to draw or write anything on it and prefer a simple appearance. Begin by sketching several diagonal lines on the strip of card.

a hand holding a piece of paper

2. Proceed by placing glue on the sections where you’ll want to put the tinfoil. Mine will look like this:

a hand holding a piece of paper with glue

3. Cut some strips of tinfoil and place them onto the sections with glue on them. Ensure the size of the tinfoil strips matches the amount of glue you coated the sections with. Don’t worry if there are bits of tinfoil sticking out of the sides, as this can be fixed. It should look something like this:

a hand holding a piece of paper with tinfoil

4. Flip the bookmark over to see exactly where there is excess tinfoil and cut it off to give the bookmark its intended shape.

a hand holding a piece of paper with foil

The Space Bookmark

1. This time, create an outline of a border that will frame the details in the middle of the bookmark.

a hand holding a piece of paper

2. Repeat the process of putting glue on the border and stick strips of tin foil on it

a hand holding a piece of paper with foil around edges

3. Next, flip it over and cut off the excess tinfoil.

a hand holding a piece of paper with foil round edges

4. Then, using a silver pen, draw some stars and planets in the framed center of the piece of card. And there you have it, a space-themed bookmark.

a hand holding a piece of paper with space graphics drawn on

The Quote Bookmark

1. The final idea is for those who don’t want to draw but also want to add an extra detail to the bookmark to make it more personal. Start off by adding diagonal lines on the top and bottom parts of the card to mark where the tinfoil will go. Repeat the process of adding glue and sticking on tinfoil. It should look something like the image below. Similar to the first one but without the middle bit, so working as a sort of frame.

a hand holding a piece of paper with foil on corners

2. As in the previous steps, flip it over and cut off the excess tinfoil. Then, pick a quote you like - it can be anything, like a famous quote or something your friend said. Whatever you prefer. Write it in the blank space between the tinfoil and you are done! Enjoy your bookmarks!

a hand holding a piece of paper with quote written on it
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