Call me old-fashioned, but I still love holding a "real" book while I'm reading. Yes, I have an e-reader, too, but the whole sensory experience of the smell, sound and feel of the pages bring a real pleasure to the reading experience.

Of course, this means I pretty much can never have too many bookmarks. Usually I just grab a random scrap of paper to hold my place, but these DIY bookmarks are way cuter!


I started off by looking for inspiration online by searching for "dog silhouettes". (Cat people: you could always use a cat shape, too!) Eventually I found a few I liked and - cheating alert here - I traced them onto white computer paper. (My drawing skills are lacking!)

Then I cut out the shape. I recommend tracing the shape onto the felt and then cutting it out that way. Which, of course, is not what I did. I cut the paper and the felt together, which is a bit trickier but still worked out.

When they were all cut out, I had a few adorable shapes that mostly resembled dogs. (Although that poodle one could pass for a sheep if you were so inclined...)

Then it was just a matter of gluing the felt silhouettes onto the craft sticks. I used tacky glue, but a glue gun would also be useful. For a finishing touch, I added some paw print stickers I had in my craft supplies. Yep, just what they needed.

These cuties will hold your place in any book - and they're easy enough for kids to help out with, too! We'll be adding them as gooding to our Little Library outside our house and I have a feeling they're going to be a hit!