How to Make A Stellar Bookmark With Duct Tape

Finished Book MarkDon’t let your bookmark slide away, use duct tape all the way. [wp-svg-icons icon=”point-right” wrap=”i”]

That evening I held an open book, Damned by Chuck Palahniuk, in my left hand—by coincidence, the car was hot as hell. In my right hand I twirled a ratty white ribbon, a quick bookmark substitute at the time, around my fingers.

I take my books everywhere, so it’s no surprise I lose a bookmarks every now and then. Alas, it felt like I lost one for every book I read. In addition to the disappearances, as you can imagine, it led to one more thing being forgotten—my pages, damn it.

I placed Damned closed on the passenger’s seat and surveyed the back of the car. I had to have something lying around, something more efficient and a bit snazzier than that worn out feather-light string I’d been using.

I didn’t find one thing. I found many. Here are the supplies I collected that were scattered throughout the inside of my car that I used for this tutorial: a cracker box—full before I found it, a roll of galaxy-themed duck tape I just bought that evening, and hair stylist scissors I had packed away from traveling.

Once you’ve gathered these three supplies you can start getting crafty with the first quick three-step method. The second method uses only duct tape to make a more flexible bookmark. Both methods in this tutorial will make for a sturdier, less slippery bookmark while continuing to keep it totally stellar, man.


[wp-svg-icons icon=”bookmark” wrap=”i”] Method 1 of 2:
  1. Cut a long strip from the side of cardboard cracker box. For my bookmark, I first cut the whole side panel out and snipped off the little fold at the top.

Bookmark Step One

2.  Roll the stellar duct tape on the front, starting from the top down; then, flip the cardboard to the backside and continue rolling and covering up that side.



3.  Snip excess duct tape and any exposed cardboard.

Bookmark Step Three


[wp-svg-icons icon=”bookmark” wrap=”i”] Method 2 of 2:
  1. The second, and easiest, way to make a duct tape bookmark is to roll out the tape double your desired length.
  2. Fold it in half so both halves join, sticky side together.
  3. Cut off any excess.

Stellar! You’re all set to save pages with your sturdy, homemade bookmark!

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