Ribbon Bookmarks from Vintage Costume Jewelry

Ribbon Bookmarks from Vintage Costume Jewelry

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. Which means, I am always in the market for bookmarks so that I don’t dog ear the pages. Anyway, I decided that turning some of my vintage costume jewelry into ribbon bookmarks or charm bookmarks would be fun to do.

Vintage costume jewelry for upcycling idea as charm bookmarks

And if you want to make several different ribbon bookmarks, some craft stores even sell bags of random ribbon scraps!

Ribbons to be used with upcycling jewelry into charm bookmarks

This idea for charm bookmarks is super easy to make and is the perfect way to use a single earring, or maybe a brooch that is missing some stones. These ribbon bookmarks are perfect as gifts for readers or gifts for book lovers, too!

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Upcycling Jewelry into Ribbon Bookmarks

To make these ribbon bookmarks, I gathered some materials, including jewelry pliers, jewelry-making notions (ribbon clamps and jump rings), a piece of lace ribbon (or any nice, pliable ribbon), and a piece of broken jewelry.

Jewelry making supplies for DIY bookmarks or gifts for readers

Scissors, too, if you are cutting off lengths of ribbon from a spool or need to trim the ribbon scraps from a bag.

First, I used my jewelry pliers to start closing the ribbon clamp – but not all the way.

Ribbon clamps to go on ends of charm bookmarks or DIY bookmarks

Next, I slid the end of my lace ribbon into the clamp before firming clamping it down. For whatever reason, I found it was easier to do this if the clamp wasn’t wide open. 

I pulled on the ribbon a little to make sure it was secure, too.

Ribbon clamps on ribbon bookmarks for attaching the vintage costume jewelry

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.

Next, I used my jewelry pliers again, this time opening up a jump ring.

Upcycling jewelry with ribbons to make the gifts for readers or gifts for book lovers

Finally, I attached a piece of vintage costume jewelry to the ribbon bookmark via the jump ring, which attached to the ribbon clamp.

Charm bookmarks with vintage costume jewelry that is attached to ribbon clamps

And that was it – the first of my charm bookmarks was done! 

Gifts for book lovers or gifts for readers as DIY bookmarks with broken jewelry

Ribbon Bookmarks or Charm Bookmarks with Vintage Costume Jewelry

This is SUCH a great way for upcycling jewelry! We all have broken jewelry or single earrings that we haven’t gotten rid of, don’t we?

And creating ribbon bookmarks with vintage costume jewelry is a natural fit. Fun to keep for yourself but even better as gifts for book lovers.

Upcycling jewelry or vintage costume jewelry into charm bookmarks

Not only are they quick and easy to make, but they use pretty basic jewelry making supplies. So, you really don’t have to invest in much to make these, especially if you share the tools with friends!

This would be the perfect upcycling craft project to do with your girlfriends during a “Crafternoon” party!

Charm bookmarks with vintage costume jewelry as gifts for book lovers

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for old jewelry / broken jewelry, then you might also enjoy this idea for BFF jewelry or friendship necklaces from clip on earrings!

Friendship necklaces, BFF necklaces, or mother daughter jewelry made from a pair of vintage earrings for Mother's Day gift by Sadie Seasongoods

Craft on!


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  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 🙂

  3. Very cute!!! I love this idea for a quick gift <3

  4. I am a BOOK reader as are my friends, just love this idea!, where do I get the ribbon clamp? Also the little Saint medals, perfect for little kids bible story books for gifts. I wish I could have you for one weekend?.

  5. jan williamson says

    WOW, this looks so simple. Don’t know what size ribbon clamps to use, can hardly wait to try this simple DIY. What if the ribbon is smaller/larger than the clamp then how would you keep the ends from unraveling if the clamp is smaller than the lace or ?? ? Have so much one of a kind pieces of jewelry that is just begging to be used. Any other ideas to use these forgotten pieces of jewelry?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      The set of clamps that I link to in the post has three different sizes! Hopefully that’ll prevent that issue from happening.

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  7. Christine Roppel says

    Hi! I know this is an older post, but I have a question: Do you finish off the bottom of the ribbon in any way?

  8. I love this idea and have collected my supplies. How long is your piece of ribbon? Do you size for hardback, trade paperbacks, or mass paperbacks? TIA and again, what a charming idea!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thanks, Ellen! I actually made several sizes based on hardbacks, trade paperbacks (the larger kind of paperbacks), and mass market paperbacks (the smallest, thickest paperbacks). That way, I have a variety!


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