September 29, 2011

Simple Projects Week: Photo Bookmark!

This week consists mostly of girly simplicities, but I thought I should probably throw something in for the men in our lives as well. My husband is an avid book reader, so Paige and I thought it would be nice to give him something rather than a pen to mark his place! She helped me make this little faux leather bookmark, and he loved it.


Aside from marking your guy's place, it also serves as a little reminder of how much you love him (and how cute your face is)!


All you need is a scrap of leather or pleather and plastic. I usually get my leather/vinyl materials from old handbags, torn up jackets, cosmetic bags(like this one), etc., but you can also buy it by the yard at some places or try asking upholstery shops for their throw away scraps. For plastic, hunt through your recycle bin for the bag that your curtains/toys/etc. came in!


  •  For the bookmark, cut an 8"x2.5" rectangle and put a small slit in the middle of the top. Then make two window frames, one 3.5" tall and one 2" tall each out of leather and plastic. Cut rectangles out of the middle of the leather rectangles to leave .5" wide window frames.


  •  Lay down the plastic first and then the leather frames on top and sew through all three layers, leaving the tops of the frames open.



  • Tie ribbon, string or more leather scraps to the top and you're done!


Add photos and sweet notes!

Then leave it in his current book and let him be surprised! 
If you don't sew, just use a strong hold glue to put it together. You could also pretty easily alter this idea to make a keychain if your guy isn't exactly a book nerd. :O)
I hope he likes it! 

Have a great day! 
Love,
Disney

11 comments:

  1. Love this idea! I also love "man" crafts because I'm always at a loss for my BF & guy friends!

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  2. amei a idéia muito legal e original apesar que seu blog e maravilhoso td muito lindo adorooooooooo!!!!!! tó te seguindo bejocas venha mi fazer uma visitinha

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  3. amei a idéia muito legal e original apesar que seu blog e maravilhoso td muito lindo adorooooooooo!!!!!! tó te seguindo bejocas venha mi fazer uma visitinha

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  4. How about next week-- all guy crafts?

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  5. I love this! (especially as bible bookmark) I think I might make one for my dad and have a pic of all his grandkids :)

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  6. QUICK TIP: If you Have a hard time finding plastic or not wanting to pay the price for it go to the dollar store or home store and get a clear shower curtain, you'll have some left over but it only cost you around .99 cents.

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  7. I love this idea! I've been trying to find some good DIY Christmas gifts for the men in my family, and this is perfect!

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  8. UNIQUE idea for a bookmark . . . thanks for sharing! I could sew a couple for gifts to friends. I have a stack of bookmarks including a woven one made of think silk yarn, paid $18. at the Minnesota Weaver's Guild Fiber Sale. Sarah Helene in Minneapolis

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