Monday, May 9, 2011

Ribbon Bookmarks

Remember I found all kinds of wonderful ribbon on my recent outing to the LA Fashion District? I bought them without knowing exactly what I’d use them for but since when does that stop us creative types? NEVER!
Enter “Country Living” with this idea: Charming Bookmarks

Velvet ribbon. I haz.  Charms…I haz them too but I also have a bunch o beads. Zing. Idea!
You need ribbon ( OK that’s obvious but…)
Ribbon Bookmark 1
I cut mine about 10in. You will also need some of these which I found at Michaels:

Ribbon Clamps and a pair of flat nose pliers:
Ribbon,clamp, pliers
You slide the ribbon clamp onto the end of the ribbon and then clamp it on with your pliers. These ribbon clamps have teeth that sink into your ribbon.
Ribbon Clamp
Once the clamps were on, I went to my bead stash and just started playing with different beads and findings. Some on beading wire, others on head pins. Attach to your clamp ends with jump rings.
Beaded Ribbom Bookmarks
Ribbon Bookmarks
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Mrs.Grinder said...

love these bookmarks! I'm going to "favorite" this for Christmas time, a set of these would be the perfect gift!

Christine said...

Jewelry for books! Genius!

LBB said...

I saw this on CL too & rushed out to make some :D They made great little mothers day gifts.
Your turned out super cute !

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

These are too fun! Makes me want to find my copy of Jane Eyre and put a fancy bookmark in it. :)

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I love your spin on this project...really wonderful!

Unknown said...

these are SO cute! love it!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh Carol,
This is totally beyond amazing! I love them!!!

Netty said...

Totally perfect gifts. Annette x

CK said...

Wow! Great idea and a great way to use your ribbon. I LOVE pretty ribbon but don't know how to use it 1/2 the time. perfect idea!

Michelle L. said...

So pretty! I've done ribbons with simple knots and beads, but not this elegant ribbon-end version - love it!

lindalou said...

I love these. You give me the best ideas. Can't wait to try making these. Going to "pin" it too so I don't forget.

Simply Bungalow said...

Great idea. What a fun project.

Gaby Bee said...

I found you through Cindy Adkin's Whimsical Musings magazine blog. I loved your profil pic:))
What a great idea. These bookmarks are amazing!

Have a lovely week!
Gaby xo

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Very cute, Carol! Love the ribbon.

Unknown said...

i need to get me some of those ribbon clamps. they are so cool. they really give these bookmarks a professional look. very pretty indeed!

Your Friend Susie said...

Oh, those are wonderful, how every creative! You are a crafter after my own heart, using things you have to make something totally cool! :)

★Rebekah {All Thingz Related}★ said...

Those are great! My daughter is my little bookworm and would love a few of these!

Melissa said...

I love ribbon bookmarks and make a lot of them with beaded fringes - but I really like this one - I see more bookmarks in the future.

Little City Farm said...

This is just what I have been looking for. I love this simple but pretty technique. Christine from above called it jewelry for books -- that is perfectly poetic.

Jenn Erickson said...

Love, love, love!! Me need ribbon clamps ASAP!

I should be embarrassed to admit that despite the fact that I've always been an avid reader, my bookmarks usually consist of whatever is lying around on my bedside table -- a clean tissue, a tag taken from a new clothing purchase, an earring...

I should really, really make some of these!

CatNCart Craft said...

Love how elegant your bookmarks look - would love to make some ... do you put the ribbon clamps and charms on both ends of the ribbon?

Anonymous said...

Dumb Question: did you use the clamps on both ends of the ribbon, and if not, how did you finish the top end so it doesn't fray?

Thanks for posting, they're gorgeous!! Hoping to use this idea as baby shower gift!

Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Hi Dani, hope you see this. I use the ribbon clamps at both ends :) Glad you like these!

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