watercolor bookmarkI’m one of those people who can’t sleep unless I’ve read a book, for at least 15 minutes. Seriously, I could have worked for 16 hours straight or not slept for 3 days. But, when I go to bed, I would need to read to sleep. My books are my prized possessions.  Can’t say the same for bookmarks though. I’ve bought / been gifted so many bookmarks. And, I always manage to loose them. So, I end up making or buying more, quite often. This time, we tried a watercolour DIY bookmark craft idea with small pompoms that poke out of the books. Here’s how it’s done!

diy customised bookmarks

Time: 30 minutes

Budget: Low


  • Thick white paper
  • Thick colored paper
  • Small pompom (you can make them using this tutorial)
  • Needle
  • Paints
  • Water
  • Glue
  • Single Punch
  • Thick ribbon / thread

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1.Coat the white paper with a layer of water and quickly dab the different shades of paint. I used maroon, red, orange and yellow, in that order. The trick to this kind of effect is moving fast! The more paint you daub on while the paper is damp, the better.

There’s no perfect pattern to aim for and you can add as much colour as you like. Though be careful of not using too much water, or the paper will peel. Other than that have fun, playing with it 🙂

papercraft bookmarks

2. Once the paper has dried, cut out the best portion to 5 x 11 cms.
3. Cut the coloured paper to 5 x 15 cm and paste the watercolour print on the bottom half of the paper.
4. Mark 2 cms from the top of the bookmark and make two cuttings from the sides to the top of the bookmark. The two cuttings should meet in the middle.
5. Punch a hole where the two cuttings meet.
6. Pull a needle through the ribbon and loop the pompom through it.
7. Loop the pompom through the punched hole three times to hold it on the tip of the bookmark.

And that’s it! Your beautiful bookmark is all ready. The best part about this DIY craft is that you can take any of the ideas (watercolors, pom poms, cutouts) and make it into a simplified version. 

diy bookmarks

Tips for water coloring:

  • Use different paintbrushes per colour. It helps maintain the distinct colours, instead of them blending out.
  • Place the darker shades first and then the lighter ones. I used the lighter ones to fill in the gaps left from the dark shades.
  • Cover the paper in small portions, so that the water doesn’t dry out.
  • Add the shades as close to each other as possible.

If you would like to see a short video on this, let me know!

watercolor pom pom bookmarks

handmade bookmarks

books with bookmarks

I’m reading Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman, at the moment. What are you reading right now? Let me know in the comments below! Also, how did you like this DIY bookmark idea? Tell me!