Paper Squashed Man Bookmark





Introduction: Paper Squashed Man Bookmark

My brother set me the task of creating a bookmark for school. I was told that it had to look cool, could be made in a day and would be able to cope with being chucked about in his school bag. To make the bookmark I used card (colour of you choice), glue, scissors and a pencil. 

Step 1: Main Template

On a peice of card draw your template. Then somewhere on the chest draw a slightly slanted line.

Step 2: Top Templates

The slanted line you have drawn shows where the bookmark will stick out of the book. Copy the part above the line onto normal printer paper. It would be a good idea to make four copies of this part, all will be explained in the next step.

Step 3: Top Half

Cut out 18 sqaures of card. Make sure that the top templates will be able to fit on these squares. Split your card squares into four seperate piles. I had two sets of four peices of card and two sets of five peices of card. There should be a top template for each pile. I said to make four copies of the top template as four smaller piles of card will be easier to cut out than one big pile of card. Glue each pile of card together seperately so you still have four easy to cut templates, as shown in the picture

Step 4: Cut the Peices Out

Now cut out the different peices. You should have four top half peices and one whole body.

Step 5: Glue It All Together

Now you can glue all the peices together so the top half sticks out. You can decorate your bookmark any way you like. Different colours of card look nice too!

Step 6: Finished

Allow the glue to dry and then your finished! It's the final touch to your favourite book!
All questions and comments are very welcome!



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    I had a lot of fun with this very nice Instructable. Darn it was not sideways when I took the picture

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    Hey, woah that's cool! And thanks, glad you enjoyed it! :)

    Ooops, didn't mean to do that!

    Hi there! I have completed an instructable for your bookmark! I hope it is okay! Here is a link to it!
    Of course, if there is anything you want me to change or add just let me know and I will happily do so, also if you don't like it just ask and I am able to take it down! I really think that it is a truly genius idea! Please let me know what you think!

    Thanks I am not a good instructor like you! I really need someone who can show people how to make and use it.
    The video of how to use it:
    The PDF:

    I have a bookmark similar to your bookmark. I would like you to make an instruction about it. You don't even need to mention me but just let me use your instruction in the future, please!

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    Hey there! I think I understand, you want me to make an instructable (like the one I have done above) for your own bookmark? If that is the case I would be more than happy to do that for you! Let me know as soon as possible so we can get this ball rolling!

    Nice design I think I'll have to make it soon.Thanks for the tutorial

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    Hi, thanks! I am glad to hear that you like it! Good luck making it! Oh, by the way I like your name 'spitfire'! ;-)

    Thanks you too
    I spotted it because it said by Spitfire and caught my interest

    So if I'm looking at this right, the top is very thick and the lower body is one layer of card stock, yes? This is cool. Thank You.

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    Yeah you're looking at it right! It gives the impression that it has been squashed by the book. (well at least that's what it is meant to do!) Glad you like it!