- Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It
Choose the bookmarks you want to make. Download and print the
pattern onto white cardstock. For a full set of animal bookmarks, print
the Fish and Armadillo and the Bug and Lizard patterns.
Some of the animal bookmarks are easier to cut. They are grouped together on
the Easier to Cut pattern. For the most creativity, select the
Blank Bookmark patterns and draw your own designs
on the bookmarks.
Tip: The black & white patterns can be printed
on colored cardstock or white cardstock.
Fish and Armadillo
Bug and Lizard
Easier to Cut
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4).
When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.
- Step 2: Color (optional)
If you printed a black & white pattern on white cardstock, color
the bookmarks with colored markers or colored pencils. Don't
use crayons, as they might rub off onto the book pages.
- Step 3: Cut
Cut out the bookmarks on the black outlines. Turn the cardstock
into your scissors as you cut to make smooth edges.
Your can stop here for a flat bookmark. Go on to the next step to
make a bookmark that folds over the book's pages.
Tip: Adults may need to help smaller children
with cutting small details. Print the Easier to Cut
pattern for bookmarks with fewer sharp corners and small curves.
- Step 4: Score and Bend Top (optional)
For a bookmark that folds over the top of the book's pages, the
bookmark needs to be bent back about 1" from the top.
- Lay a ruler across the tail of the animal, about 1" from the
- Use the back edge of a
pair of scissors or an empty ball point pen to score the bookmark.
- Hold the ruler with one
hand and run the scissors or empty ball point pen down the edge of the ruler.
- Bend the
bookmark back on the scored line.
The bookmarks are now finished. When placing in a book, put the
folded top edge behind a few pages.