Shabby Chic Bookmark Craft

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Today I was in the mood for a quick and easy craft and I came up with a fun one.  I love the shabby chic style and thought I would incorporate that into a bookmark.  Since I love to read and I have lots of old books, it made sense to make an old style bookmark to complement some of my reading material.

It didn’t take me long to come up with the main material for the bookmark.  As I was gazing through Pinterest the other day, I saw some bookmarks that were simply made from paint chips and left pretty much as is.

I thought it was a great material to use but I wanted to change up the look a little bit.  Let me show you what I did.

Materials Needed:

  • paint chip
  • craft paper
  • Mod Podge decoupage
  • paint brush
  • charm
  • charm ring attachment
  • ring or clip attachment
  • brush on gloss varnish

Luckily, I had on hand a whole paint chip book.  I can make hundreds of bookmarks if I want to!  We bought this when we built our house and I definitely won’t be needing all these samples anymore.  Most people probably just have a few samples laying around from a past paint project.  Pick one to use for this craft.

I chose to cut out a color swatch that I knew I would never ever use in my house.

Then I picked out some favorite craft paper and traced the paint chip on to it and cut it out.  The paper was an aged newspaper print.  I figured this would be a perfect theme since it was a reading material and it was aged.

I then stacked the two pieces together and punched a hole, with a paper punch, at the bottom center.  This is where I will attach my charm.

Using my paint brush, I applied a layer of Mod Podge decoupage to the front of the paint chip and the back of the craft paper.  I then carefully lined the two up and adhered them together, smoothing out the bubbles with my fingers.  Next, I applied another layer of Mod Podge over the top of the craft paper to fully secure and seal.

When the decoupage was completely dry, I applied a coating of glossy brush on varnish over the top for a nice hard finish.

I used a clip attachment to attach the vintage looking key charm to the bookmark with a small charm ring attachment in between.

This bookmark craft was super quick and fun to do.  It would be great to give as a stocking stuffer gift or with a book to a reader.

Happy crafting!

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