Home Recycled Home: Paint Chip Book Marks

With back to school season upon us, many of us find ourselves scrambling to get everything on the list of back-to-school supplies. Why not take some time to create one of those items with your kids and save a few bucks in the process? It didn’t take me long to find a stack of paint chips from my last redecorating project in the junk drawer for this project. I grabbed a few of them and the following supplies and within minutes, I had brand new custom bookmarks!


  • A few paint chips in your favorite colors
  • Assorted pens and markers
  • Hole puncher
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon or shoe lace
  • Stickers, pictures, swatches, or other appliqués
  • Glue or tape


Step 1: Some paint chips come in larger sizes, so you may want to start by cutting each one to the desired shape and size—who says they have to be rectangular? If you want to have rounded corners, now is also the time to cut them.

Step 2: Punch a hole in the center of your paint chip near the top where you can attach the ribbon or lace.

Step 3: You may want to draw unique designs, write encouraging quotes, or glue on pictures of your favorite memories to personalize the bookmarks. This is your time to get artsy and creative. Have fun and let the bookmark be your canvas.

Step 4: Tie your ribbon or shoelace through the hole near the top. A simple knot will do, but a braid would jazz up even the simplest design.

IMG_2132I really like how personalized you can make each bookmark: one for every season, every genre, and every book on your reading list!

Do you have an item (or a collection of items) that you are looking to recycle? Send me a picture of your products and I just might use them in a future project! Pictures should be emailed to awanamaker@townandcountrygazette.com. Please be sure to include your name and contact info.


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