Introduction: 2 Bookmarks From Food Boxes - Recycled Craft

About: I love crafting with old, forgotten and trashed materials. There's something very satisfying about making something new from something ''useless''. I hope you enjoy the projects coming your way!

I love to make things from old stuff and old food boxes and packaging are a great source of card for crafting. They often have varied colours on them and different patterns which can be used to make all kinds of things. I decided to go for a couple of simple bookmarks just to show how easy it is. Check out the video on my YouTube channel, more detailed instructions follow below.

I hope you enjoy it!

Step 1: Tools and Materials


- Pencil

- Thin black pen/marker

- Craft knife/scalpel

- Scissors


- Craft glue (I used UHU)

- Food boxes (I used a cereal box, a frozen pie box and an ice cream box)

Step 2: Making the Base of the Hammer and Saw Bookmark

Luckily food boxes have lots of straight edges which means a ruler doesn't really need to be used in this case. I started with a base of a long rectangle from the ice cream box and then made a smaller rectangle from the frozen pie box because it had an interesting kinda brown woven pattern on it.

Knowing that I was going to need an arrow shaped cut to slot the bookmark over the page I went about making it in the brown card first. I thought it would look better that way. I then glued the brown card onto the base and tidied up all the edges with the scissors.

Step 3: Making the Hammer and Saw Design

Now this design could be absolutely anything you like, I just felt with the brown card it was a kind of outdoorsy, hobbyist kind of bookmark and went for some tools. Hopefully your design will look better than mine though, I feel like I let myself down on those drawings! After I got the design finished I cut around it with a scalpel and stuck it onto some white card, I then cut around it again to give it a white border.

The design was stuck onto the bookmark and then I cut around al the edges making them curved.

Step 4: Finishing the Hammer and Saw Bookmark

Feeling like it needed more details I took a fine line marker and drew a black outline around the whole bookmark, along the V and around the hammer and saw. This gave it a more complete look. I then took a scalpel and cut the V through the base of the bookmark and tried it out, it worked a treat!

Step 5: Drawing the Elephant Bookmark Face

This once again is down to your own personal interpretation but I decided to look up some pictures of African elephants online and just go from there. I started with a pencil outline (which I rubbed out multiple times!) and then finished it off with a pen outline. Taking a red pen I coloured in the tongue and a black pen for the rest of the mouth.

I realise it looks very odd at this point and you kind of have to visualise where the trunk will go whilst you're drawing the face.

Step 6: Making the Trunk

The trunk is fairly straightforward, I just drew it to the length I thought was correct and then drew some lines down the whole length. I cut the trunk out and then scored down each line with the scissors and folded the trunk like a concertina. After that I stuck it in place making sure not to glue it on top of the mouth.

Step 7: Finishing the Elephant Bookmark

After I cut the head out I realised it needed something else so I did a thick outline around it with the thin marker, this gave it more pop and made it stand out more. This was definitely my favourite of the two bookmarks and I enjoyed making this one very much!

Step 8: Enjoy and Use the Bookmarks!

This was a really fun and simple project which produced two unique and very usable bookmarks so I can't complain. I absolutely loved making the elephant one and the other I think could have some improvement, especially with the design of the hammer and saw. Getting two bookmarks from rubbish can never be a bad thing though and so in that sense I'm glad I made them.

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I hope you enjoyed my write up and hopefully I'll catch you soon!