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Simple and cute button bookmarks

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

buttons bookmarks

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


  • paperclips
  • fancy buttons (or ribbons)
  • Hot glue or E-6000
  • Felt

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

 Thanks for reading. Come back soon! 😀

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

  3. 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…:)

  4. 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

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  7. 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!!)

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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 🙂

  12. This is so simple, and way cute! I’m going to try not to make thousands when I make them really soon!

  13. 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?

  14. 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?

    1. 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! 🙂

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

  16. I did these button bookmarks for my sons class as a leaving present, before they all go off to secondary school. Put a tag in each one that said “as we embark on the next chapter, here’s a simple bookmark to remind you of the place you hold in my life story”.

  17. Thank you Jamielyn,
    I have been trying to think of something as a gift for some people I know and this is perfect.

  18. So excited about, going to use buttons from my Mother’s collection from the 30s and 40s, a wonderful way to remember her.  Also going to send to the friends and family who knew her as Christmas gifts.  We don’t exchange big presents anymore but this will be special, crying already..

  19. I a looking for very simple quick crafts for my county extension homemakers group. The bookmarks are perfect. Would love to have more ideas.

  20. I LOVE this so much!  Maybe this will be a Pinterest DIY that I will actually be able to follow through with haha.  I have an impressive collection of buttons, which fascinate me, so I think I’m in the market for a glue gun and off I go! 🙂

  21. Love these little clips. I will be making these with my students to give as gifts for Mother’s Day. I will post the results on blog once they have finished them 🙂 Thanks!

  22. I TOTALLY, ABSOLUTELY love and adore the paperclip/button idea for a bookmark!
    I’m about to launch my VERY first book,featuring a variety of Poems.So this would be a lovely,little gift to someone who purchases my book.My Mum has,literally, thousands (if NOT more!?!?) of buttons (ALL second hand: ‘Cos we’re a secondhand family.ALL our clothes are op. shop finds).
    Therefore,i just wanted to give you a    GREAT   B I G,
             “THANK YOU!!!” GREATLY appreciated.
    Trud. ([email protected])

  23. What a lovely website.  I often look around discovering new sites, and yours caught my eye.  My sister has recently decided to be a “stay at home Mum” and she loves crafts and things – I’ll let her know about this!

  24. I would love to make these bookmarks, can I sell them on Etsy or are they copyrighted.  I want permission from you.  Thank you, Rayna Haught

  25. Hiya- I think that these are so so so cute and I am considering doing this to give to somebody for a book and bookmark present! Thanks for the idea Jamielyn

  26. I’m not crafty, but my 3rd grade daughter LOVES crafts.  This craft looks easy enough that even I can manage it (once I purchase a glue gun).  W will be doing this craft with my daughter and love that it is for something actually useful, rather than a typical kid’s craft that winds up eventually getting thrown out.

  27. I like the idea – but don’t like the indentation the paper clips make on the page.
    But could put buttons on a bookmark made of felt or those already made-up purchased Aida cloth bookmarks.
    So, thanks for the creativity!

  28. These are so cute! I have linked to this project in my fall crafts roundup: http://abusylittlebird.com/12-favorite-craft-ideas-for-fall/
    Thank you!

  29. I showed this article to my mum and she loves your creative bookmark solution! She’s always using things like business cards, post it notes, flyers etc what a great use of paperclips!

  30. I love this idea! I just dropped $30 to get beads (maybe 18 of them, lol I doubled up on the ones I liked if I messed up) and these will be stocking stuffers!! ty <3

  31. I’m going to make these with my grade three students but thought I’d add a ribbon to it. The ribbon can be the page marker and hang out from the bottom of the page and also include the child’s name. 

  32. Would this work with flat buttons instead of shank buttons. There was a comment that that the shank button left a mark on the page and I thought it might work better with a flat button. What are your thoughts?

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  34. I love this idea but I have a question. Where can you find the buttons and things to attach to the paper clip?

    1. I’ve found a lot of my buttons at craft stores like Jo-Ann’s or Hobby Lobby. I’ve also found some vintage ones at thrift stores or estate sales occasionally too.