I’m not sure I’ve ever tried (or successfully managed) a chain store knockoff before. A few weeks ago, the boys and I were in Pier1. (I think that trip gave me a heart condition – do NOT EVER – never, ever even – bring two rambunctious monkeys into a store filled with pretty expensive things.) I have never said, “Stop touching.” “Look with your eyes!” “Don’t run.” so many times in one short span of time.
I love Pier1, but for a mama on a budget who isn’t quite sure how she wants to decorate her house, it can still be a bit pricey. They have some fabulous items though – their decor, art, dishes, and accessories make me swoon a little when I meander through their greatness. I even love their little tchotskys and giftables – which is what inspired this knockoff.
I love to read. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. This is just a fact of who I am. As much as I like books, I loooooove pretty bookmarks. Seriously. I don’t necessarily remember where I put them, but they make me happy. I absolutely adored these:
And I thought that for $10 a pop, I could probably make a very similar version for a fraction of the cost. Yes, and no…. I’ll explain!
I ventured into Walmart & Michael’s. I picked out some pretty 5/8″ satin ribbons that I loved (and then raided my stash when I got home for more variety!) I also found some charms and oversize beads that I thought would work well together. (I then came home and in my raid session found some I already had that were just perfect for this project.) I had jump rings on hand. All in all, after purchasing all the goodies for these bookmarks, I could have bought one for less than I spent total.
I cut my ribbon (5/8″ satin) into approx. 32″ lengths. I couldn’t remember how long the Pier1 bookmarks were so using the picture and an actual hardcover as a guide, I figured 32″ would work. I then slid a ring onto the ribbon halfway and folded the ribbon over – the rings I used were actually half of a toggle set clasp or some “o” shaped beads. I added a jump ring if necessary and attached my desired charm. I then slid an oversized decorative bead (think Pandora-ish) onto the folded ribbon from the open ends and slid it down. I knotted the top of the ribbon haves together, snipped so I was left with approx. 14″ length and heat-sealed the ribbon. If you’ve never heat sealed a ribbon, it’s easy – just watch your fingers! Light a candle, bring the snipped end of the ribbon (one at a time) close to the flame – kind of on an angle – not directly above it. Watch your fingers – and the ribbon – it’s easy to singe and burn. Burnt ribbon really smells! You’ll know you’re doing it correctly as the cut ends curl up and turn kind of melted looking – this will prevent your ribbon from fraying. And here is your finished project:
I made about 10 of these today and need to buy a few more supplies to make more – lots and lots more! They were pretty simple, but it does take a bit of time. They cost about half of what a Pier 1 bookmark cost per piece (not counting your time) and I think they’re pretty darn close in the knockoff department.
I’m trying to create a whole bunch of these. I need impulse buys for Wisdom & Whimsy tables at some fall/early winter craft shows. I think they would make darling stocking stuffers for readers on your list or even great teacher gifts tucked into a package with a new bestseller and a Starbucks card.
Want to win one of the charming satin ribbon bookmarks I’ve already created? Check out the contest (closes Saturday at 8pm!) on my Wisdom & Whimsy Facebook page. Make sure you like the page and then add a comment below the photo of the bookmarks sharing your favourite title & author.