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How to Turn Tissue Boxes into Bookmarks

Mar 11, 2019

Who else is excited for the long-awaited transition to spring?! Picture us raising our hands high, and dreaming of finally boxing up our heavy coats and scarves until next winter. 

One thing we aren’t a fan of this time of year? The sneezing and sniffling that tends to accompany the shift from cold to warm weather. The good news, though, is that we’ll soon have lots of empty Scotties tissue boxes ready to upcycle in honor of the new springtime season.

Keep scrolling to learn how to put your own collection of empty tissue boxes to good use by turning them into bright patterned bookmarks, just in time for the spring reading season!
 

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Empty Scotties tissue boxes
  • Razor blade
  • Printable bookmark template (printed onto cardstock)
  • Scissors
  • Pen or pencil
  • Hole punch
  • Twine or ribbon

 Step One

Use a razor blade to cut one side out of your empty Scotties tissue box. Flip the cut piece over so that the blank cardboard side is showing. Now, cut out whichever bookmark design you’d like from the template that you printed onto cardstock. Lay it on the cardboard and trace the shape with a pen or pencil.

Step Two

Use scissors to cut the traced shape out of the cardboard. Punch holes into the top portion of the cut bookmark, making sure to leave about half an inch of space between the holes and the top of the bookmark. Note that we used a special two-hole punch here (purchased from the craft store), but a standard single-hole punch works, too.

Step Three

Cut a piece of twine or ribbon about six inches in length, and fold it in half. Push the looped end of the twine through the bottom punched hole (or through the single hole if you used a standard hole punch). Now, push the two ends through the other hole, and pull them through the loop you made earlier to complete a Lark’s Knot. Pull the twine taut at the top to finish creating your knot.
 

And that’s it! Go ahead and repeat the process as many times as you’d like using all of your favorite Scotties tissue boxes. There are so many great designs to choose from this season—not to mention so many great books to pick up—so invite your friends over for a bookmark crafting night then start that book club you’ve always wanted to be a part of, too!

(Photos and story by Carrie Waller of Dream Green DIY)