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Today I have a fun, quick & EASY tutorial for you. Don’t you just love the words quick and easy?!

I’ve been wanting to make some bookmarks for the whole “back to school” theme and I decided to make some button bookmarks with my large button stash. You guys know how much I love creating things with stuff I already have around the house, right? Well here is another one of those projects. I’m sure you ALL have some paperclips and buttons laying around. Pull them out and make these simple and cute bookmarks.

Button bookmarks


button bookmarks

This tutorial really is so simple and easy enough to get the kids involved with (just make sure to assist with the gluing).


All you do is hot glue your paper clip to the back of your button and then cut a small piece of felt to go on top. The felt will keep the glue sealed in and leave a smooth finish. That’s it! Super simple, right?!

button bookmarks

There are so many fun buttons you can use to get creative. I love all of the fun colors! :) These would make great gifts too. Just slip them onto the top of a card and you have your self a fun little gift.

button bookmarks

Hope you enjoyed this fun little tutorial. Now can anyone guess which book this is?! ;)

Buttons + Paperclips = Bookmarks

For more simple crafts check out: felt bow tutorial, handmade resin ring, bead board frame

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Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. When she’s not creating . . . Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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51 Responses to “Simple and cute button bookmarks”

  1. Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

    These are adorable! This is the perfect project for my daughter to make for her classmates when she goes back to school in a few weeks!

  2. Jenn McClure

    This is a super cute and seemingly easy tutorial. I will have to file it away for future reference.

  3. Bethany / Sweet Georgia Sweet

    LOVE this idea! My husband & I have {within the last 6 weeks} returned from Africa adopting our first child. I’ll be starting to home school him this fall, & this will be a terrific activity for us to do…….. and he can use them all year long! Love, Bethany

  4. Rachael

    Now, this is the kind of craft project I like! Making something functional and simple out of things you probably have around the house…what a great idea! Makes me wish I didn’t do so much reading on my Kindle. This is SO getting pinned…:)

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  6. East Coast Creative

    LOVE these Jamielyn! Tonight my 10yr old daughter and her BFF are going to make some for all the girls in their class this upcoming year. It’s adorable and they’re so excited!! (Also love that you used a Twilight book- Jess and I are big fans too! Can’t wait until Nov!!)


  7. Lucy

    These are adorable and will make great gifts and a super-fun project to share with my 5-year old niece. Thanks for the great idea.

    I think the book is from the Twilight series: Full Moon Leah’s Story.

  8. Billee Willson

    The button bookmarks were a hit. I stopped off at Staples to pick up some pretty paperclips and then to my local cancer aid society gift and thrift to pick up some interesting buttons. Each bookmark averaged about 35 cents, and for a family of readers it was a welcome gift and I know they will be thinking good thoughts of me as they read their books this year. I’ll be using this over and over for the many other groups I need gifts for throughout the year.

  9. Globella

    I would place another simple button on the back. I make bookmarks with punched out flowers and enclose the clip between the two buttons. A simple one behind the decorative one help to mark the exact page you left off of. Great idea using buttons.

  10. Nisha

    1. Lots of buttons dropped off from clothes lying around,
    2. Paper clips in my stationery drawer,
    3. Can easily make beautiful bookmarks like these!

    Thanks for sharing :)

  11. Nicholaix

    Came out fabulous! I have a few book addicts who will adore these. My 4 year old wants to go to the ‘button store’ after Christmas to make his own, what better testimonial than that?

  12. Sarah

    How strong are these? Have you had any issues with them falling apart? Really want to make some, but wondering if something like superglue would be better then hot glue for strength?

    • Jamielyn

      Hi Sarah! I have had to re-glue a few of them, but most have stayed together. You can definitely use super glue or E6000 for a stronger hold! :)

  13. Leigh

    love it!!!! perfect for little girls storybooks! and perfect for my mom’s books as she is studying.