STEP 1: GET MY FREE WOODEN BOOKMARKS FILE
First, download Design #319, which is my free Wooden Bookmarks SVG/DXF/PDF from my free resource library. If you’re going to cut it on your cutting machine, upload the file to your design software. This is what the Wooden Bookmarks SVG file looks like in Cricut Design Space.
Tip: If you’re not sure how to upload an SVG cut file to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video training series I made. If you’re on an iPhone or iPad, here’s how to download and upload SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app.
STEP 2: CUT THE DESIGN
In Design Space, hide any bookmark layers that you do not want to make by clicking the eye icon for that design. I am going to cut all my designs along with some blank bookmarks in a different veneer finish.
The fun part is how you can add your own designs and images to these bookmarks. For example, to add a name to this blank bookmark, begin by clicking Ungroup in the upper right corner so you can work with these bookmarks individually.
Now click on Text over on the left, type in a name, choose a font for it — I’m using Tingler Script — and then move it over onto your bookmark.
You can rotate it to match the bookmark by using the rotate handle in the lower right corner of the text — if you hold down the shift key as you rotate, it’ll rotate into a straight position.
Now select both the bookmark and text by clicking and dragging around it — you can see just those two are now selected by their highlights in the layer panel on the right — and click the Attach button at the bottom right. Attaching them together means they’ll cut out together in these same positions, and then cut the name right out of the bookmark! So cool!
When you’re ready, click Make It in the upper right corner.
If prompted, click “On Mat” and select “Done.”. You will only see this screen if you are using a Cricut Maker 3.
Click “Browse All Materials” to set your base material.
Enter veneer in the search field and hit enter. Select Natural Wood Veneer and then click “Done.”
Change the cutting pressure to “More.”
Apply a sheet of wood veneer on your StrongGrip cutting mat. Make sure the grain of the wood is going top to bottom (vertical).
Use a brayer to make sure the veneer is securely stuck to the mat.
Finish by applying painter’s tape on all four sides of the veneer to prevent it from slipping.
Insert your Deep-Point Blade into your machine.
Load your mat and begin cutting.
Remove the painter’s tape from all four sides of the veneer when your cut is complete. Sometimes I use a weeding tool to help lift the end of the painter’s tape.
Flip the mat over and carefully roll the mat away from the veneer to release the bookmarks.
Use a spatula tool to help release the pieces from the mat.
The spatula tool is also great at removing those tiny pieces from the mat.
Remove any painter’s tape that may remain on the bookmark pieces.
Use a standard nail file or a piece of 220 grit sand paper to smooth the edges of the bookmarks, if necessary.
A small needle file or sand paper is helpful to sand the inner edges of the bookmark.
I use a weeding tool to remove small parts from the cut pieces.
A TrueControl Knife Blade is helpful to cut out pieces that need extra help separating from the veneer.
STEP 3: ASSEMBLE THE WOODEN BOOKMARKS
I am going to show you a couple different ways that I assembled my wooden bookmarks. Let’s make my “read” bookmark design first. For this I am using the design with the book design at the bottom along with the word “read”.
Add super glue to the back of the word read.
Press the word read to the book design bookmark.
I used a moist baby wipe to press the word onto the bookmark and remove excess glue. You can also use a moist (not wet) piece of paper towel.
For the next wooden bookmark, I am using the flower piece that was cut from the flower bookmark design. Add super glue to the back of the flower.
Press the flower piece onto a blank bookmark.
Blot the flower with a baby wipe or moist paper towel to press it onto the bookmark and remove excess glue.
Next, I am going to create a bookmark using a blank bookmark along with my hearts bookmark design. Add super glue to the back of the heart bookmark.
Place the heart bookmark on top of the blank bookmark. Align eyelet holes and edges.
Continue pressing the two pieces together.
Blot with a baby wipe or moist paper towel to remove excess glue. Continue pressing the two pieces together for a couple minutes so the glue has time to dry.
You can get creative by combining different cut pieces to a blank bookmark. Let’s make a bookmark with the dolphin piece and some hearts. Because these pieces are tiny, I am using tweezers to hold the pieces as I apply glue to the back.
Next I am gluing some random heart pieces above the dolphin. Again, using my tweezers to hold the piece while adding glue and to place it onto the blank bookmark.
I used the end of my tweezers to press the tiny heart pieces down for a minute while the glue dried. Use a baby wipe or moist paper towel to remove any excess glue.
I think this looks cute. Time to add some ribbon.
Using Water-Based Glue
Although I am using super glue for the assembly, you could use a water-based craft glue like Aleene’s Tacky Glue. The image below shows how the veneer bends when I used a water-based adhesive. This doesn’t mean you cannot use this type of glue. I simply flattened the bookmark by pressing it overnight under a few heavy books.
STEP 4: ADD RIBBON
Use the eyelet hole for a tassel, bow, ribbon, etc. You can purchase pre-made tassels, but I used organza and grosgrain ribbons for mine. Measure and cut the ribbon one and one-half to twice the length of the bookmark (about 10-15″).
Fold the ribbon in half and push the folded end of the ribbon through the eyelet hole.
Slide the tail ends of the ribbon through the opening of the ribbon that you slid through the eyelet hole and pull tight. If the tails are too long, trim with scissors.
For this bookmark, instead of leaving the tails, I created a bow using organza ribbon.
To protect the tail ends of the ribbon from fraying, you can add Fray Check.
STEP 5: SHOW IT OFF
Below are several different bookmarks that I had fun making using my wooden bookmark designs and different finishes of veneer. I hope you have fun creating your bookmarks.