Brooch Marks the Spot

Brooch Marks the Spot

This, my friends, is another Pinspired craft that I just had to try- because unlike most people, I still read regular books (as opposed to the Kindle/Nook route). Hopefully I’m not the last person on Earth reading…brick and mortar(?) books…

But I digress…I love how these turned out! Really easy and quick, using just a few materials. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.)

First order of business, I gathered some vintage brooches, pendants, and large charms from my stash of old costume jewelry.

Vintage brooches, pins, pendants, and charms to be repurposed into DIY ribbon bookmarks by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

These’ll do!

If you don’t have a stash of nice ribbon (i.e., non-papery, higher-quality), the cheapest thing I found were these bags of ribbon scraps at the craft store. They were in the ribbon area of the fabric section, way down in the bottom corner and were just $1.99 a bag.

Bag of ribbon scraps from the craft store to be repurposed into brooch bookmarks by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Great way to have lots of options!

Then, snip the length of ribbon you want for your book mark. Use your needle nose pliers to attach a ribbon clamp at each end. I found it helpful to close the ribbon clamps a little before placing the ribbon in there.

DIY upcycled ribbon and repurposed vintage brooch bookmarks by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Prepare to be bookmarked!

DIY upcycled ribbon and repurposed vintage brooch bookmarks by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Perfect!

Now, you could certainly leave the other end of the ribbon naked, but to prevent fraying, I went ahead and added a second ribbon clamp.

DIY upcycled ribbon and repurposed vintage brooch bookmarks by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Done and done.

Then, use your needle nose pliers again to attach a jump ring to the ribbon clamp, and your brooch/pin/jewelry finding to the jump ring.

DIY upcycled ribbon and repurposed vintage brooch bookmarks by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Adding a little bling…

DIY upcycled ribbon and repurposed vintage brooch bookmarks by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Then, just close up the jump ring!

A note on the brooch you use- this is the perfect craft for the bargain bin jewelry at antique shops and thrift stores. Missing a stone? No big deal. Broken clasp? No big deal. So you should be able to procure the jewelry bits for this project on the super-cheap!

And within a few minutes, you have a very pretty bookmark!

DIY upcycled ribbon and repurposed vintage brooch bookmarks by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A very pretty bookmark!

And, of course- I made a few others while you were reading the tutorial. They’re just so easy and quick to make!

DIY upcycled ribbon and repurposed vintage brooch bookmarks by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

So darn pretty!

Wouldn’t these be wonderful to give as little gifts? Mother’s Day…teacher gifts…or holiday gifts for your book club.

DIY upcycled ribbon and repurposed vintage brooch bookmarks by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

My rainbow book collection shows them off nicely, eh?

Craft on!

S

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PIN ME!DIY upcycled ribbon and repurposed vintage brooch bookmarks by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. girlfromwva says:

    thanks for a wonderful tutorial. i also love older books that have brightly colored covers (especially when i find them for 50 cents at a thrift store.) going to get some things together and make a few of these bookmarks!!!

  2. Hi Sarah, love you books display idea very nice 🙂

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