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Cardstock Animal Bookmarks

What you will make:

In this project, make animal-shaped bookmarks from cardstock. Just print, color, cut and bend to make these cute bookmarks for yourself or to give as gifts. This is a good project for kids to practice coloring and cutting. It is also a quick craft for adults to make as gifts for the kids and grandkids!

Related crafts: Upcycle drawings and other art to make Artwork Bookmarks, or turn leftover craft paper into Punched Bookmarks.

Here's what you need:
  • White or colored cardstock
  • Markers or colored pencils
  • Optional: Empty ballpoint pen
  • Paper scissors
  • Small ruler

This project is rated VERY EASY to do.

How to Make Cardstock Bookmarks

Read all of the steps before starting.
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, Bug and Lizard, Seahorse and Shark and the Silly Worm 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 Bookmarks patterns and draw your own designs on the bookmarks.

Tip: Practice your cutting skills with the Silly Worm bookmarks. Choose to cut smooth curves or pointy tips.

Tip: The black & white patterns can be printed on colored cardstock or white cardstock.

Fish and Armadillo
Pattern for fish and armadillo bookmarks
Bug and Lizard
Pattern for bug and lizard bookmarks
Easier to Cut
Pattern for easier to cut bookmarks
Blank Bookmarks
Pattern for blank animal bookmarks
Seahorse and Shark
Pattern for Seahorse and Shark bookmarks
Smooth Silly Worm
Pattern for plain Silly Worm bookmark
Silly Worm with Spines
Pattern for Silly Worm with Spines bookmark

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 on the book pages.

Color black and white animal bookmarks
Step 3: Cut Cut out animal bookmarks

Cut out the bookmarks on the black outlines. Turn the cardstock into your scissors as you cut to create 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) Score and bend top of bookmark

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 end.
  • 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.

When placing this type of bookmark in a book, put the folded top edge behind a few pages.

That's it. Your bookmarks are done!
Four Cardstock Animal Bookmarks

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Before you start:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look and what you will do with it.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Digital Paper Extra

Animal Scales digital papers

Tip: The Animal Scales digital papers come in Blue, Green and Pink, and add a nice touch when printed on the backs of the Cardstock Animal Bookmarks. You can also use the digital papers for any animal craft requiring scales—fish, lizards, snakes, armadillos.

Flat lizard bookmark

Tip: Stop after Step 3 to make flat animal bookmarks. Or go on to Step 4 to make bookmarks where the tail bends back over the book's pages.

Fish bookmark with tail bent back


Blank animal bookmarks decorated with a black marker

Tip: For the most creativity print the Blank Bookmarks pattern. The colored blank bookmarks can be decorated with black felt-tip markers, thick and thin. Use colored markers or pencils to decorate the blank black & white bookmarks.

Silly Worm bookmarks

Tip: Make the Silly Worm bookmarks to practice cutting skills. Aren't they cute?

Silly Worm bookmark


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Thanks to...

Thanks to Janet LaFara for creating the original Cardstock Bookmarks project and patterns for Aunt Annie's Craft Page in 1997.

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