Day 7 of the Last Minute Christmas Gifts is a quick but lovely stocking stuffer for the book lover in your life. Bonus points if you use upcycled book pages to make the beads. Or maybe not. Some book lovers worship the printed word and may consider this sacrilege so consider that before dismantling the book no one wants.
Paper Bead Bookmark Tutorial
Crafting Time: 15 Minutes
12-20 inches of lace to fingering weight yarn
Small to medium size paper punch
Beading needle or small sized crochet hook
The length of yarn you need is determined by the size of the book you want to use if for. Paperback bookmarks can be smaller, but you might want a longer one if the receiver likes to read hardbacks. Pick 2 to 3 beads for the bottom and another 2 for the top. Tie an overhand knot at the end of the bookmark and slip on the first bead. String the rest of the beads you want on the bottom of the bookmark with a slipknot on either side to hold the beads in place. Use a beading needle if you need to or a small crochet hook. The hook is also good for getting the knots closer to the beads so they fit snug.
Tie another bead into place at the other end of the string with about 4 to 5 inches of yarn to spare. Measure the size of your punch and leave that much space on the yarn before stringing the last bead.
Punch 8-12 shapes with the paper punch from coordinating paper. The number of punches you’ll need will depend on the size and how full you want the bead to be. Fold each punch in half with the patterned or colored side inside.
Cover half of one punch with paper glue and stack on top of another punch. Continue gluing and pressing until all the punches are glued together but not glued in a circle. I like to hold it together with a clothespin for a few minutes.
Line up the bead with the yarn and glue the last side. Join the bead together to finish it off and hold it together until the glue dries a bit. If the bead is unbalanced, just pinch the paper into place to spread them evenly in a circle.
If you need to, trim the ends until they are even but don’t cut into the knots. If you cut the ends too short, put some glue onto the knots just to make sure they won’t come undone. I like to trim close at the bottom and leave a little tail at the top. And you’re done. Stuff it in a book and give her away!