Potter DIY: “Potter” Bookmarks

by Oaishi

Have you been doing some extra reading lately? Maybe you’re participating in our year-long reading challenge, Folks All Reading Together. Here’s the perfect DIY submitted by Oaishi to save the corners of your books from being dog-eared. As an added bonus, they’re adorable!




What You’ll Need:

  • A square sheet of paper measuring 15 x 15 cm
  • Paint or markers
  • Colored paper for adding features (optional)
  • Glue (optional)



Folding Your Paper:

Take your square piece of paper and fold it in half diagonally (see #2 in the picture below). Then fold down both of the creased corners (#3) to meet the bottom of your triangle (#4). Make creases and then unfold these corners, leaving a square in the middle (#5). Fold up the bottom of the square on one half of the paper (#6), then tuck the creased corners into the pocket this makes (#7). Make sure all the creases are smooth and flat (#8).



Decorating Your Bookmark:

Color or paint your bookmarks in whatever design you’d like. For the Harry Potter design below, I used red and yellow to make the stripes.

For Harry’s glasses and scar and for Hedwig’s nose, you’ll need to cut them out of a separate piece of paper. For Harry’s glasses, measure two circles – the inner one 3 cm in diameter, the outer one 4 cm in diameter (#1 below). Draw the bridge of his glasses, then fold your paper in half (#2). Cut out the outer circle through both halves of the paper (#3), then unfold and cut out the inner circles (#4). If you used white paper, color the glasses black, then apply glue to the top half of the glasses (#5) and attach it to the pocket part of your bookmark.



You’re all done! Set it on the corner of your current read and always know exactly where you are without having to sacrifice any corners of the page. If you make this DIY, be sure to let us know so we can check it out. Have a DIY you want to submit? Check out our submissions page here.




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