It has been a while since I made vintage wallpaper bookmarks, and after noticing my basket of vintage Trimz wallpaper borders piling up, I decided to make a few again. They are very simple to create, and they make wonderful gifts. Here's how...
What you'll need:
- An assorted collection of your favorite vintage wallpaper borders.
[A great place for beautiful Trimz borders is Fondy Vintage on Etsy.]
- Vintage dictionary pages for the back side of the bookmarks.
[Really any sort of vintage page could be lovely--vintage sheet music, encyclopedia pages, fashion magazine sketches, etc.]
- Vintage embroidery thread or ribbon
- A laminating machine
[You should be able to find a small laminating machine at any office supply store for a decent price.
Laminating machines are a fun investment because they can be used to make all sorts of things-- bookmarks, placemats, party decorations, homemade games, whatever!]
- Adhesive (glue stick or double sided tape)
- A hole punch
1) Cut the vintage wallpaper border into six inch long strips. Make sure to think about the final product when you are cutting the border (if you want the flowers to be in the center or not, those kinds of things). You definitely don't want to accidently slice through your favorite part of the border, so plan ahead and make good cuts.
2) Cut the dictionary page or other vintage page to match the size of the border, both length and width. It might be easiest to trace the wallpaper border piece on the paper you want for the back side and then just cut it out along the pen line.
3) Stick the back sides of the wallpaper border and the vintage page together. You don't need anything more than a simple glue stick or some double sided tape to do this. The lamintor will ultimately keep the pieces stuck together, but you dont wan't them sliding around while they go through the machine.
4) Laminate the bookmark (following your laminator's instructions).
5) Punch a hole through the top of the book mark for the ribbon.
6) Tie the ribbon or thread through the hole and then...