Check out these 11 DIY bookmarks that you can create with and for your little swimmer, or give as a stocking stuffer to the little reader in your family. Many people are buying fewer books and turning to Kindles and iPads instead, but if you love the smell of a good old paper book (there are a couple of scientific and non-scientific reasons why we like to smell them!) then you will want to scroll through these to find one for your next favorite page-turner!

BONUS, we’ve also included a few grown-up bookmarks for parents and friends (Tip: these make great little stocking stuffers with a personal touch!)

Animal Themed Bookmarks

DIY Bookmark 1: Shark Fin

AquaMobile Bookmarks Craft Shark Fin

Source: Simplistically Living

The first bookmarks we bring you are simple shark fins that your child can play with or use for their book!

You will need:

  • Grey cardstock
  • Blue craft stick
  • Blue glitter glue
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Shark fin shape


  1. Draw a shark fin shape on your cardstock and then cut it out, instead of drawing you can download this shark fin picture.
  2. Use the blue glitter glue to make a wavy line which can be cut out after it dries.
  3. Glue the fin onto a craft stick and let it all dry.
  4. Get reading!

Psst! Instead of buying craft sticks, you can use left-over Popsicle sticks and pait them whatever color you want!


DIY Bookmark 2: Shark Corner

AquaMobile Bookmarks Craft shark corner
Source: Hey Let’s Make Stuff 

These will really take a bite out of your next read!

You will need:

  • Red, white, black and grey paper or whichever color you want your shark to be
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors


  1. Cut all the pieces you need, red for the mouth, white for the teeth, black for the eyes and grey for the shark shape. You can download a PDF with these shapes.

Source: Hey Let’s Make Stuff 

  1. Diagonally fold down the two triangles of the large grey piece so that you now have a square.
  2. Glue the red paper onto the base of your square and now glue the back of the second triangle you folded down and the front of the first triangle.
  3. Last, glue the teeth, the eyes and the fin onto your shark.

Psst! Instead of using scissors you can use a hole punch for the shark’s eyes.

DIY Bookmark 3: Sea Turtle


AquaMobile Bookmarks Craft turtle corner
Source: Red Ted Art

Another fun and easy animal you can do is the sea turtle! Here is a video on how to create these sea turtle corner bookmarks.

 DIY Bookmark 4: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

AquaMobile Bookmarks Craft reindeer corner
Source: Red Ted Art

Nobody can resist this red-nosed festive favorite.

You will need:

  • Origami paper
  • White, red and black paper scraps
  • Black pen
  • Glue stick


The funny thing about corner bookmarks is that you can make anything out of them! You can let your imagination go wild and create any kind of animal you want. Watch the tutorial video below for how to make this any many other cute animal bookmarks.

DIY Bookmark 5: Frosty Little Snowman

AquaMobile Bookmarks Craft Snomen
Source: Classroom DIY

This next bookmark is a quick and simple snowman that sits nicely over the cover.

You will need:

  • Elastic bands
  • 3D stickers
  • Hot glue
  • Cardstock


  1. Cut the shape of the 3D sticker from the cardstock and put it at the back of the sticker.
  2. Take the elastic band and cut to size you want and next either hot glue it or tie it.
  3. Hot glue the sticker to the elastic band, and you have yourself a merry little snowman!

DIY Bookmark 6: Ocean Layers

AquaMobile Bookmarks Craft ocean

Source: A little pinch of perfect

This bookmark can help you teach your little one about the different layers of the ocean.

You will need:

  • Blue paint sample
  • Brown paint sample
  • Sea animals stickers (or print and cut out your own!)
  • Cardstock
  • Marker
  • Glue


  1. Cut the one brown layer of the sample to make the trench and glue it to the last layer of the blue sample, but be sure not to cover the last blue layer completely.
  2. Label the blue and brown layers with a marker as follows: Sunlight, Twilight, Midnight, Abyss, and Trench.
  3. Use the sea animal stickers or cutouts in the corresponding layers to show how small colorful fish, coral, and dolphins like to live up top, while sharks and some crustaceans live a bit lover, and eels, crustaceans and, and octopus live near the ocean floor!

Source: A little pinch of perfect

DIY DIY Bookmark 7: Finding Dory

AquaMobile Bookmarks Craft Dory
Source: A Pumpkin and a Princess
Bring your kids’ favorite movie to life so Nemo and Dory can join your little bookworm on their next literary adventure! Plus, this can be replicated for any film favourite, like Frozen or Moana!

You will need:

  • Fuse tool
  • Packing tape
  • Cardstock
  • Glitter
  • Sequins
  • Finding Dory stickers
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon


  1. Cut the cardstock to the size you want the bookmark to be.
  2. Add Finding Dory stickers to the paper, and add sequins using glue or a hot glue gun.
  3. Carefully cover the bookmark with a strip of packing tape on the front and back.
  4. Trim any extra tape down to about a 1/4 inch border.
  5. Use the hole punch to make a hole in one edge of your bookmark and pass through a piece of ribbon!

Psst! It’s okay if it’s not taped smoothly, as the little ripple in the tape will look a bit like water ripples!


DIY Bookmarks for Parents

DIY Bookmark 8: Recycled Patterns

AquaMobile Bookmarks Craft recycled
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

We’re almost at the end of 2016 and instead of throwing your calendar or wrapping paper scraps away, reuse them for a unique assortment of colorful page markers!

You will need:

  • Calendar or wrapping paper
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch


  1. Cut your favourite section of your calendar in any shape (no need to stick with only squares or rectangles!), or glue your wrapping paper of choice to some cardstock (or a used calendar cover) and cut that out.
  2. Use scissors to round out any sharp corners so that you don’t get poked in the hand while reading.
  3. Use the hole punch to make a hole on one edge of the bookmark.
  4. Thread a piece of ribbon through the hole and you have yourself a custom bookmark!

DIY Bookmark 9: Your Own Kids!


AquaMobile Bookmarks Craft Kids

Source: Nearly Crafty

Make a little “photo shoot” with your kids and make sure they have their hands in the air to make this next bookmark.

You will need:

  • Photo of your kid with their arms up
  • Laminator or packing tape
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Cardstock
  • Ribbon


  1. Cut out the printed photo of your kid, and glue it onto some card stock.
  2. Laminate it, or fake it by carefully placing a strip of packing tape over the front and back.
  3. Cut out your laminated photo, leaving around a 1/4 inch around the edges plus an extra half inch at the top where their hands are.
  4. Use the hole punch to make a hole close to the top and then pass the ribbon through it.

DIY Bookmark 10: Fun Photo-Booth

AquaMobile Bookmarks Craft photo
Source: Sometimes Creative

This next bookmark is not only super cute, but you can include the whole family!

You will need:

  • Photos of your kids (Tip: black and white looks best!)
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Laminator or packing tape
  • Hole punch


  1. Take cute pictures of your family members and resize them to be small and all the same size (about 2 inches x 2 inches) and print them out.
  2. Paste them onto cardstock in a strip
  3. Cut out the strip and laminate them or carefully cover them with a strip of packing tape on the front and back.
  4. Cut out the laminated strip of photos, leaving a 1/4 inch border around the edges.
  5. Use the hole punch to make a hole and thread a ribbon through the hole, and there you have it!

DIY Bookmark 11: Watercolors

AquaMobile Bookmarks Craft watercolor
Source: Felt Magnet

You will need:

  • Ruler
  • Ribbon
  • Pencil
  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor paints and a brush
  • Dish for mixing water
  • Paper towels to clean your brush
  • Hole punch
  • Crayons


  1. Take a ruler and a pencil and draw out whatever shape of bookmark you want.
  2. Use the white crayon to draw pictures, anything from simple lines to fancy flowers, or circles, or even snowflakes.
  3. Mix your favorite paint color with water and paint over your drawing. Remember: the more water you put, the lighter will it be on your bookmark. Once the paint is completely dry, you can even add some other details with your crayons.
  4. Make a hole at the top of your bookmark and add a ribbon to finish it off!

Source: Felt Magnet


Try to create your own DIY bookmarks and send us a picture!

Or if you happen to find another cute DIY bookmark idea, send it to us!