WFMW: Printable Bookmarks and Bookplates

One way to encourage independent reading is to let kids make their own bookmarks and bookplates. (And even if it doesn’t, a homemade bookmark is still more fun than using a subscription card from a magazine, a gum wrapper, or a piece of scratch paper!) You can find pre-made printable bookmarks online (see links below), or try one of these ideas and create your own using a blank bookmark template. I like printing out Creativity Portal’s template (link opens a PDF that includes three blank bookmarks) on cardstock. You can make book plates in a similar manner or use some of the many printable designs available.

  • Get out the markers, crayons, and watercolors and start coloring
  • Create a collage using sequins, stickers, construction paper, foil, and whatever else looks cool
  • Make a design with pressed flowers and leaves and laminate
  • List math facts, spelling words, or other drill work
  • Write a poem
  • Print out a memory verses
  • Make a mini-scrapbook page
  • Stamp some designs with rubber stamps or custom-made ones carved out of an apple or potato


Jan Brett’s gorgeous illustrations make great bookmarks


Graphic Garden (Click on Bookmarks in sidebar.)

National Geographic Bookmark Factory

Book Plates:

My Home Library

RIF Reading Planet


For more Works for Me Wednesday ideas, visit Rocks in My Dryer.

9 responses to “WFMW: Printable Bookmarks and Bookplates

  1. Thanks for the links- I’ve looked for nice (but free, LOL) bookplates in the past without success.

  2. i have had so much fun printing up bookplates on my laser printer and shipping labels (the big ones). i put names, pictures, quotes, etc. they make great gifts too.

  3. Thanks for the great sites. This will be a fun thing to do when the god-daughters come over for a visit.

  4. The teachers of my girls makes each child one with their name and laminates them.
    They’re beautiful memories.

  5. Thanks for the links to bookmark sites. I plan on introducing these finds to a Daisy Scout troop following a library tour.

  6. thanks v.much

  7. ,,


    u make my day !


  8. I’m visiting after seeing your comment at The Homeschool Classroom. :-)
    We make our own bookmarks too. I find them a great use for those strips of paper we tend to cut away when making minibooks or crafts. We’ve not made any bookplates. Thanks for the idea.

  9. I want to design my own bookplates. Where can I find a template and blank bookplates to print on?

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