Craft Your Love for Books: Detailed Guide to DIY Bookmarks and Literary-Themed Candles

For the book lovers out there, combining your passion for reading with a bit of crafting can be a delightful experience. In this blog post, we'll dive deep into two engaging DIY projects: creating personalized bookmarks and literary-themed candles. Not only will these projects add a personal touch to your reading routine, but they also make for thoughtful gifts for your fellow bibliophiles.

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1. Personalized Bookmarks

Creating your own bookmarks is not just a fun project; it's also a practical one. You can design them to suit your taste or tailor them as gifts for your book-loving friends. Here’s how you can create your own:

Materials Needed:

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Cut Your Base: Start by cutting your cardstock or kraft paper into a rectangle. A standard size is 2 x 6 inches, but feel free to adjust based on your preference.
  2. Design Your Bookmark: Let your creativity shine! You can draw, paint, or use printed templates. Add quotes, illustrations, or even personal photos.
  3. Embellish: Use ribbons, stickers, or washi tape to add a decorative touch. This is where you can really personalize your bookmark.
  4. Laminate (Optional): If you have access to a laminator, laminating your bookmark will make it more durable. Cut out the bookmark, leaving a small border around the edges.
  5. Punch a Hole and Add Ribbon (Optional): Punch a hole at the top of the bookmark and thread a ribbon through for an elegant finishing touch.

2. Literary-Themed Candles

For those who love immersing themselves in the ambiance of a good book, creating literary-themed candles can be a perfect project. These candles can be personalized with scents that remind you of your favorite books, characters, or settings.

Materials Needed:

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Prepare Your Containers: Ensure your jars or tins are clean and dry. Attach the wick to the bottom of the container. You can use a bit of wax or a wick sticker to keep it in place.
  2. Melt the Wax: Using a double boiler, melt the soy wax flakes or beeswax. Monitor the temperature with a thermometer – soy wax typically melts around 170-180 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Add Color and Scent: Once melted, remove the wax from heat. If you’re using dye, add it now. Stir in the fragrance or essential oils. For a strong scent, use about 10% fragrance oil by weight.
  4. Pour the Wax: Let the wax cool slightly, then pour it into your prepared containers. Fill them to the desired level, but leave some room at the top.
  5. Secure the Wick: As the wax begins to set, make sure the wick stays centered and upright. You can use a wick centering tool or a simple pencil or chopstick laid across the top of the container to hold the wick in place.
  6. Let It Set: Allow the candles to cool completely, which may take several hours. Avoid moving the candles during this time.
  7. Trim the Wick: Once the wax is fully set, trim the wick to about 1/4 inch above the wax.
  8. Customize and Decorate: You can further customize your candles by decorating the jars with labels or drawings inspired by your favorite books.


There you have it! Two fantastic, book-themed DIY projects that are as fun to make as they are useful. Personalized bookmarks and literary-themed candles not only reflect your love for books but also offer a practical way to cherish your reads. Whether you're crafting for yourself or as a gift for a fellow reader, these projects are sure to bring joy.

Remember, you can find all the supplies you need with ease on Amazon. So grab your materials, unleash your creativity, and immerse yourself in the wonderful world of bookish crafts!