I am a huge book nerd! I have a kindle (and use it often), but have to say that I will never enjoy reading from a device as much I love to read a real book. I’m happy to say that all 5 of my kiddos love to read as much as I do! In the summer I had a goal of setting aside at least 20 minutes a day for everyone to read whatever book they want, of course they can always read more if they want. I’m very happy to say that it worked pretty well, we got a lot of reading time in and we had to start finding harder books for several of the kiddos. I just started reading the 6th Harry Potter book with my 9 year old who has struggled to find much joy in reading. I can’t even express the joy I feel when he gets in the car after school and asks when we can read more!
With so many people reading books we are often searching for something to use as a bookmark. Of course the kids wanted to help make their own bookmarks. Making Duct Tape bookmarks the perfect thing to make together.
For this project you will need:
- Duck Tape, we found the duck tape sheets are easiest to fold without getting air pockets but rolls work great too.
- Beading Thread, you could also use embroidery floss.
To Make the Bookmark
Cut your tape the length and width that you like. For duck tape sheets we cut our pieces 2 inches wide by 5 inches long, with the rolls we cut the tape a bit longer usually 8 inches.
Fold your tape in half. If you are using the sheets DO NOT remove the backing of the tape first, create your crease then take the backing off and fold the tape.
Trim off any parts that don’t line up perfectly with your scissors. Then cut the corners off the folded end. This gives you the “bookmark” look. You could also leave them square if you like that look better.
Create a hole in the top of your bookmark with your scissors or a hole punch.
To Make the Tassel
I like to make my tassels out of beading thread because it is a little thicker and stronger than embroidery floss, however use what you have on hand.
Take the entire skein of thread, without taking the paper off cut off two 4 inch lengths of thread. We played around with some shorter lengths of thread as well but I like the look of the longer thread in the bookmark.
Weave the end of your length of thread through the folded top of the skein of thread, tie a knot close to the skein of thread to keep it all together. Then take off the paper from around the thread. Now tie the second piece of thread around the skein of thread just under the folded part. Then use your scissors to cut the tassel to the length you like.
Weave the end of the thread you used to tie around the folded part of the skein through the hole you made in the bookmark. Tie a knot in the end.
Now you have a fun, waterproof, strong bookmark that will last through many books and the entire school year!