Back-To-School Lacing Bookmarks Craft

DIY Lacing Bookmarks

It’s back-to-school for the little ones and for us that means a lot of reading! The kids have reading charts that have to be filled with 20 minutes of reading every day.

As big book lovers, this comes as no chore for us. But to make things even more fun, we decided to create a couple of fun lacing bookmarks to accompany our daily ready routine.

DIY Back To School Lacing Bookmarks

We started by gathering fiber board from old cereal or cracker boxes and fun, bright contrasting embroidery thread. I created a template for a geometric heart and paper airplane design, which you can download for your own use here.

DIY Back To School Lacing Bookmarks DIY Back To School Lacing Bookmarks

After printing and cutting out the templates, I punched holes in the points of the design where all the strings would need to lace through. I used a 1/16″ hole punch, but a 1/8″ would work as well. And if you don’t have either one of these, you could just use the point of a nail and tap into a bit to create the holes.

I then used a marker to mark the holes so that it went onto the fiber board. Next, I removed the template and punched holes in the fiber board where the marker points were located. You can have your little ones help with this part–they’ll love it!

DIY Back To School Lacing Bookmarks

We then threaded a blunt upholstery needle with embroidery floss and began lacing through the holes, making sure to follow the design from the template. When the design was complete, we tightly tied things off in the back.

DIY Back To School Lacing Bookmarks

Little O (3.5 yrs) had a lot of fun with the lacing stage on his paper airplane design. And with a little help and direction, he did almost all of the lacing himself.

DIY Back To School Lacing Bookmarks

Once our bookmarks were complete, we couldn’t wait to sit down to a little story time with Big Rabbit’s Bad Mood (a favorite around here). One of my favorite aspects of the paper airplane lacing design is that if you turn it length wise, it creates the perfect follow along marker for early readers.

DIY Back To School Lacing Bookmarks

The geometric heart design is perfect for the older kids. Not only does it work well popping up out of a middle grade/young adult novel, such as Girl’s Best Friend from the Maggie Brooklyn Series, but an older child at this reading level could most likely do the entire lacing bookmark craft on their own. Perfect!

  • McKenna Ryan

    These are so cute, I want to do one with a pink ballet shoe on it for my little sister.

  • Stephanie Gerber

    love these so much! this is going straight to my to do board!

  • Melissa Kojima

    I love the Maggie Brooklyn Series. What fun book markers for all these great chapter books. I really like the paper airplane one. I think I’d have to try to come up with something else too. How nice of Merrilee to do this DIY tutorial for Handmade Charlotte. You two gals have such great blogs!

  • handmade charlotte

    Let me know how they turn out!

  • handmade charlotte

    wonderful idea!

  • Catherine

    Thank You!

  • handmade charlotte

    glad you enjoyed the post :)

  • Park Suii

    great idea :) thanks for sharing this idea

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