diy: bead bunny bookmark

by mari

DIY Easter Bead Bunny Bookmarks Tutorial - Perfect for Kids to make and give as gifts

I once saw an absolutely adorable little wooden bear bookmark at Barnes and Noble, and ever since that day, oh, 2 years ago at least, I have hoped to make my own version. The original was a little more mid-century mod meets anime, but hey, my bead bunny bookmarks are a little easier to make (no woodturning skills needed, not even any glue!). Make these just in time for your Easter festivities, and they come together so quickly you could make some for all the kiddies you know.

I also made a dog, or maybe he’s a four-legged alien? Poor guy is a little homely. So I’m not including his how-to, because I doubt you’ll want to make him!

What you’ll need:

  • Yarn or thick cording (the wood beads have very large holes, choose accordingly)
  • 2 1″ wood bead – finished or unfinished
  • 3/4″ wood bead – finished or unfinished
  • 12 1/4″ wood beads – finished or unfinished
  • scissors
  • tapestry needle
  • Sharpie marker

What you’ll do:

  • Cut a length of yarn about 2 feet long. Thread your needle and string the 1′ and 3/4′ beads onto the yarn.
  • Push the beads down towards one end of the yarn. I used the larger bead for the head, with the shorter bead underneath.
  • Cut 3 short pieces of yarn – about 6-8″ a piece.
  • Double knot the short pieces of yarn below the bottom bead, between the two beads, and above the top bead. Note: I tried to stuff these knots into the beads, but they tended to slip back out. Maybe if you did want to get out some glue, you could stuff them into the beads to hide them, then add glue and wait for them to dry. But I was too lazy!
  • Thread the 1/4″ beads onto the shorter yarn tails as shown in the image above. Then double or triple knot the yarn on the outside of these beads.
  • Now measure how long you’d like your bookmark to be. For fiction books, around 9 – 10″ between the top of the bunny’s head to the end beads on the other end works well. You’ll want more space for coffee table books.
  • Add a double knot 10″ (or longer, depending on your book size) from the top of the bunny’s head.
  • Thread 1 1/4″ bead, 1 1″ bead, and the last 1/4″ bead, then double or triple knot to hold them in place.
  • Trim your extra yarn.
  • Add eyes and nose to the bead face.
  • Now you’re ready to read!

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Gaby March 11, 2013 at 9:38 pm

So adorable! I am definitely going to give this little guys a try :)

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2 mari March 11, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Wonderful! Let me know it goes!

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3 louise March 18, 2013 at 1:02 am

Adorable! I love these!!! I want to make them right now!

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4 mari March 18, 2013 at 11:50 am

Yay, thanks!! Let me know how they turn out!

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5 louise March 22, 2013 at 11:31 pm

They turned out cute! And of course I blogged about them! :)

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6 mari March 23, 2013 at 11:17 am

Oh my sweet goodness they look great! Love the colors!

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7 Julia Harris March 24, 2013 at 7:22 am

Hi Mari,

Love your blog!

Just wanted to let you know that I have placed a link to this article on my site: http://www.savingmummy.com.au.

Hope this is okay!

Julia :)

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8 mari April 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Thanks Julia – that’s great!

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9 hilke July 14, 2013 at 2:53 am

These are cute!
Thank you for the great instruction.

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10 mari July 15, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Thanks, so glad you enjoyed it!

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11 deepa August 13, 2013 at 4:56 am

really very cute..i want to try this right now

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12 mari August 13, 2013 at 11:37 am

Thank you! I hope you enjoy them!

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13 Rachel Faucett September 2, 2013 at 11:20 pm

How did I miss these on your site before? Totally fantastic!

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14 mari September 3, 2013 at 10:28 am

Thank you thank you Rachel!

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15 Ananasa October 27, 2013 at 2:50 am

Adorable, fun and just simple amazing! Thank you for this amazing post!

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16 mari February 5, 2014 at 11:31 am

Thanks so much!

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17 shenel February 5, 2014 at 8:53 am

So damn adorable! im gonna try these soon!

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18 mari February 5, 2014 at 11:31 am

Awesome to hear, enjoy them!

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19 stacy February 5, 2014 at 11:42 am

ahhhhh, stop the cuteness!!!

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20 mari February 5, 2014 at 11:46 am

Aw sweetheart, thank you!

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21 Vineetha February 16, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Love this blog. Interesting ideas… :)

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22 mari February 17, 2014 at 10:07 am

Thank you!

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23 amit March 14, 2014 at 9:43 am

thank u

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24 mari August 21, 2014 at 10:17 am

Thank you too!

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25 shagari March 15, 2014 at 4:39 pm

amazing bookmark tried it out thank u so much :)

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26 mari August 21, 2014 at 10:17 am

Thanks!!

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27 narcis August 21, 2014 at 10:15 am

Thank you

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28 mari August 21, 2014 at 10:17 am

You’re so very welcome!

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