DIY Little Bird Bookmark

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I love crafts that use up supplies I already have lying around. For this particular craft, I had a long piece of watercolor paper left over from another project. I didn’t want to throw it away, because watercolor paper can be pricey, so I kept it in my scrap drawer.

Since we love to read in my family, I thought I’d make a little bird bookmark. Another favorite part about this craft? I was able to whip it up during nap time. Love that!

Let’s get started!

Learn how to make this cute little bird bookmark. This is a fun craft you can complete during naptime - you can even make a whole series of these for your favorite reader.

DIY Little Bird Bookmark

You will need:

  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor pencils or paint
  • Pencil
  • X-Acto knife
  • Scissors
  • Waterproof pen (I used a micron pen)
  • Water (for the watercolor pencils or paint)

1. Draw out your design. For the bookmark portion that we’ll cut out later, I used dotted lines so I would remember. You don’t necessarily have to draw the dotted lines like I did. I drew these birds very small–they are only slightly larger than a quarter–but you can draw them as large as you would like.

Watercolor bird bookmark step one.

2. Outline the design. Use your waterproof pen to carefully outline the entire design. Add thicker lines in places that you’d like to accent. After the pen ink dries, you can erase the pencil lines but I left mine because they were not that noticeable.

Little watercolor bird bookmark step 2 - darken the lines you want to highlight.

3. Cut out the wing. Using your X-Acto knife, carefully cut along the dotted lines for the bookmark. Most likely, you will need to cut a few times to get through the watercolor paper. If you drew dotted lines with your pen, at this point, you can also fill in the lines so the wing looks more even.

Cut a slit along the bird's wing to create your bookmark.

4. Color your bookmark. I used watercolor pencils because I like having a little more control for a project that is this small. You can use whatever paint you have on hand. Using a small paintbrush, carefully add water to the watercolor pencil design. (I love this part!)

It is time to color in your bird bookmark.

5. Cut your bookmark out. Carefully cut out the bookmark, making sure that you leave an edge, especially on the top where the wing is cut. Otherwise, the wing will just pop off!

Once you cut out your little bird, he is ready to become a bookmark!

6. Marvel in the cuteness. There is just something about crafts on a tiny scale that I love. You could make a whole set of these as a gift for someone who loves to read.

Your little bird is now a lovely bookmark.

Here’s another look at this little bird bookmark.

This little bird bookmark is a cute craft you can work on during naptime. Make a whole series of these for your favorite reader.

Well, there you have it. A sweet little craft that you can make in just an hour or so. These would also make great gifts for someone (you could even make a set of little birds!) and would work well as a craft for a group.

Have a lovely {and creative} day!

About Jennie Moraitis

Jennie is a craft-lover who writes about DIY craft projects and creativity on her blog, littlegirldesigns.com. She firmly believes everyone has creativity ingrained in them and how it is expressed is part of the fun of living. She spends her days playing with her toddler, going on walks with her sweet family, and working on craft projects. She has been a maker since childhood and loves the feeling of finishing a project and especially giving it away as a gift. You can find her on Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, Instagram, Etsy, and Twitter.