Ultimate Guide to Recycled Wrapping Paper Crafts

By: Libby Little

Recycled Wrapping Paper Bookmarks

There always seems to be an abundance of bookmarks until you actually need one. You can get free bookmarks from libraries, bookstores and corporate events. But do you really want to save your place in that incredibly interesting novel with something that has a random advertisement on it? In order to save yourself from total bookmark boredom, consider making your own from recycled wrapping paper.

The process can be simple: cut your desired shape from cardboard or cardstock and wrap it in the paper of your choice [source: Grover]. But, as with most arts and crafts, you can choose how intricate you want your final product to be.


To begin, you'll need to gather the following materials:

  • Wrapping paper
  • Cardstock or cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Glue or clear packing tape
  • Optional decorative items, such as stickers, photos or yarn and a hole-punch for tassels

Bookmarks come in all different shapes and sizes. The standard bookmark is roughly 2 by 6 inches or 2 by 7 inches (5.1 by 15.2 cm or 5.1 by 17.8 cm). You can use these measurements as the template for your bookmark, or you can let your creativity run free and use standard note cards, squares or wavy S-shapes.

To begin construction, trace or free-hand draw the shape of your bookmark onto the cardstock. Fold the paper over the bookmark to measure how much paper you will need (allowing a little extra for any mistakes) and cut. You can wrap the bookmark like a present or glue the paper to each side of the pattern and cut off the extra paper. You can also layer different papers on top of each other to create a decoupage effect, or you can add wrapping paper to one side only and use the other side to keep a list of which books you've read.

If you want to preserve the integrity of your bookmark, consider laminating it or covering it in clear contact paper.

Recycled wrapping paper bookmarks make great additions to any books you give as gifts or loan to others. Not a bookworm? Read on to learn about recycled wrapping paper ornaments.