Ribbon Bookmarks from Broken Jewelry

Ribbon Bookmarks from Broken 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 old jewelry / broken jewelry into book charms on ribbon bookmarks was the perfect craft idea to make.

Broken jewelry and a single earring that will be upcycled into ribbon bookmarks by Sadie Seasongoods

This idea for homemade 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. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.)

Upcycling Broken 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.

Equipment and materials and tools that are needed to make the ribbon bookmarks with old jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods

Scissors, too, if you are cutting off lengths of ribbon from a spool.

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

Ribbon clamp to go on end of ribbon bookmarks that will connect the book charms or single earring by Sadie Seasongoods

Then, 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.

Attaching a ribbon clamp to homemade bookmarks with ribbons and broken jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods

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.

Using a jump ring to attach a single earring or broken jewelry to ribbon bookmarks by Sadie Seasongoods

From there, I simply attached my piece of broken jewelry to the ribbon bookmark via the jump ring, which attached to the ribbon clamp.

Upcycling idea for broken jewelry and ribbon scraps into homemade bookmarks with book charms by Sadie Seasongoods

And that was it – the first of my ribbon bookmarks / homemade bookmarks was done!

Ribbon Bookmarks / Homemade Bookmarks from Old Jewelry

Once I had all the equipment and materials, I was able to make a BUNCH of ribbon bookmarks. I just love all the different book charms I came up with using a single earring or other old jewelry.

Craft ideas for homemade bookmarks that uses a single earring or old jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods

Not only are they quick and easy to make, but such a great way to upcycle the bits of old jewelry floating around your jewelry box. Plus, they would make lovely gifts – perhaps for Mother’s Day, Teacher Gifts, or holiday gifts for your book club or church group.

Ribbon bookmarks by upcycling the ribbon scraps with broken jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods

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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