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Missy's DIY Watercolor Bookmarks
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The cute and colorful watercolor bookmarks will help you save your place in your next book!
Credit: Missy Maxwell

Hi everyone — it's Missy here, artist and blogger at PBS KIDS Utah. Painting is one of my favorite forms of art and I’ve really been enjoying watercolor lately. I know of a fun watercolor technique using plastic wrap. I think it would be useful in creating some beautiful bookmarks. Read on below to see how to make DIY watercolor bookmarks!

Supplies: Watercolor paper, paint & paint brush, scissors, clear packing tape, a hole punch, a ribbon, and plastic wrap.



  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor paint set with brush
  • Water in a cup
  • Scissors
  • Clear packing tape
  • A hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Plastic wrap


Follow along with this step-by-step guide to make your own DIY watercolor bookmarks!



  1. Lay your paper flat and paint it with a layer of water.
  2. Drip some water in a couple colors of paint to get them ready.
  3. Paint with those colors, at random, on your paper.
  4. Make sure the page stays nice and wet, add more water if needed.
  5. Once the page is full of color, lay a sheet of plastic wrap on top.
  6. Crinkle the plastic wrap to make more paint gather in some places than others. Let it dry completely overnight.
  7. Cut your paper into strips less than 2 inches wide.
  8. Choose one of the strips as your bookmark and cover the front and back with packing tape.
  9. Trim the edges, leaving about ¼ inch of tape on each of the four sides of the bookmark (almost like you are laminating it).
  10. Use your hole punch to make a hole on one end of the bookmark.
  11. Cut some ribbon and tie it through the hole.


Missy's finished bookmark (plus a fun book to read!)



Now you have your very own watercolor bookmark! You can use this to mark your place in the next book you read. Make a few more bookmarks with the other strips of painted paper. You can keep these or give them to your friends and family. Be creative and have fun!