DIY Pencil Bookmark Craft

For some of us, school has already started – and for the rest of us school is right around the corner. For those of you who already have a few days (or even a week or two) of school under your belts, have the homework assignments started rolling in? It’s a safe bet that they have, and depending on your child’s age those to-dos might include some reading tasks. To make sure your child doesn’t lose their place reading at home, have them make a simple DIY pencil bookmark. Not only will it hold their place, the sturdy length of the craft stick works as a great way to underline each sentence as they read along.

Why not use markers for a project like this? Paint stands out better on this softer wood!


  • Wooden craft sticks
  • Scissors
  • Craft paint: yellow, pink, gray, black
  • Paintbrushes in various sizes
  • Pencil


Start out by cutting a V shape at one end of the craft stick. Cut very slowly so you don’t accidentally crack the wood.

Next, mark your painting areas on the wood. Mark a space for the eraser, a place for the eraser metal, and a place for the pencil tip.

It’s time to paint. Start out by painting the main section of the pencil yellow. Let the paint dry completely before working on the detail parts.

Add your pink paint to one end as well as the gray paint. Again, let dry in between coats.

Finally, add the black paint to create the pencil lead at the other end of the craft stick.

Using a fine tip paintbrush, add detail marks to the eraser, metal part and pencil body. Let the paint dry one last time.


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