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DIY Paper Bookmarks


These paper corner bookmarks are simple and easy to make in the classroom or at home – and perfect for a summer reading activity, icebreakers during the first week of school, or a fun classroom activity break. All you need is colored paper!

This paper bookmark craft also works well as a quick lesson in proper book treatment. (No folding page corners of classroom and library books.) Choose any solid or patterned paper.



  1. Measure a square paper 3¼ inches by 3¼ inches (you may also use larger dimensions as long as the paper is a perfect square).
  2. Fold paper in half diagonally.
  3. Fold the top point of the first layer down to the center.
  4. Fold each side in to the center.
  5. Refold each side up to the point.
  6. Finally, tuck the two flaps underneath the fold.

For more activity ideas like this, see The Never-Bored Kid Book series, which offers fun and educational activities for ages 3–10.

Click here for the free bookmark activity, which includes bonus paper projects from The Never-Bored Kid Book!

Heather Foudy is a certified elementary teacher with over 7 years’ experience as an educator and volunteer in the classroom. She enjoys creating lessons that are meaningful and creative for students. She is currently working for Evan-Moor’s marketing and communications team and enjoys building learning opportunities that are both meaningful and creative for students and teachers alike.



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