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DIY Valentine Bookmarks (Perfect for Classmates or Students!)

Want to make some easy DIY Valentine gifts? Grab some leftover napkins, fabric, and mod podge and create these cute DIY Valentine bookmarks!

Are you gearing up for Valentine’s Day with the kiddos and wondering what on earth you are going to put together for them to pass out at school?  Well, I have a super simple one for you that probably won’t cost you anything to make! 

And they promote the love of reading, win win!!  I made these cute bookmark DIY Valentines for classmates for my 6-year-old and even created printable tags to go along with them. 

Round up some old party napkins, fabric scraps, and mod podge to create these DIY Valentine bookmarks!

DIY valentine bookmarks

When my son and I were talking about what kind of valentines he wanted to give to his classmates, he had the great idea of making stamps or bookmarks.  We made some super cute DIY Valentine stamps also to see which one he liked better. 

Make sure to check out the full tutorial for making your own DIY Valentine stamps and get your free printable tag.

For these DIY Valentine bookmarks, he wanted different ones for girls and boys so we went to the party store so he could pick out some napkins. 

This is a great project if you have any leftover birthday party napkins!  (We didn’t have a party for him this year since we went to Disney World so we had to go to the store!)

And you don’t even have to give them out as valentine’s day gifts to students. You could just use this project to make Valentine’s Day crafts on a rainy day at home!

Supplies Needed for DIY Valentines Bookmarks

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  • napkins – you can raid your stash or find them at the dollar store or Walmart or Party City (we found both of these at Party City)
  • fabric – any kind in different colors. I used flannel for the green ones and whatever white fabric I had.  We tried felt but it was a little too thick.
  • Mod Podge – click here to find on Amazon. We are going to decoupage with napkins!
  • foam brush
  • hole puncher
  • ribbon
  • printable tags – Click here to grab your printable tags for personal use (4 different ones!)
DIY Valentines bookmarks for kids

Let’s get started!

How to Make a DIY Bookmark out of Felt

We decided to make Minecraft Valentines and unicorn Valentines DIY bookmarks.

The first thing you’ll want to do is pull the napkin apart.  They are either 2 or 3 ply and you only want the very front layer! 

The easiest way I have found is to rub my thumb and index finger on a glue stick and then pinch the napkin and pull my fingers apart.

peeling napkins apart

The napkin will open up.  Just pull the layers apart!

napkins on felt

Lay out your fabric and apply Mod Podge over an area big enough for the entire napkin. 

Make sure to put something like wax paper under the fabric so you don’t get glue all over your counter!

applying mod podge to felt

Then lay down the top layer of the napkin on the mod podged fabric.  Gently press it down with your hands. 

DIY Valentine bookmarks

If you have a brayer, roll it over the napkin to smooth it out. 

Or you can put a piece of saran wrap on it and smooth it down or even put your hand in a Ziploc.

making felt bookmarks
DIY Valentine bookmarks
bookmarks with mod podge

It’s not a big deal if you don’t get it totally flat.  The texture looks neat and these are for kids, they don’t care! 

Then apply another layer of Mod Podge on top of the napkin.

applying napkin decoupage to felt

I did three napkins of each.  I only ended up using 2.

DIY Valentines minecraft felt bookmarks

Let them dry for at least 24 hours!  They will be nice and hard and the napkin will be totally stuck to the fabric.  Then cut them out! 

If you’d rather not decoupage, I have another post about making cute bookmarks out of felt here or Cricut bookmarks here!

Assembling Valentine Bookmarks

I used a rotary cutter and a ruler but you can just cut them with scissors. 

I cut the whole square out first then lined up a ruler that was 1.5 inches thick to the edge and cut.

cutting fabric bookmarks for valentines

Then cut them in half.  You’ll end up with about 12 flannel bookmarks. 

So depending on how many you need, you might need to only do 1 or 2 napkins.

DIY Valentines for classmates
DIY Valentines for classmates
DIY Valentines for classmates

For the unicorn napkin Valentine bookmarks, I wanted the wording to be on some of the bookmarks so I cut that part out first. 

I put the ruler over it and cut it on either side.  Then I cut the remaining pieces with the ruler.

diy unicorn bookmarks
DIY Valentines for classmates

Make a hole punch at the end of each unicorn and Minecraft book mark and tie a ribbon on it.  I experimented with different knots to make ribbon bookmarks.  Tying ribbon has never been a strength of mine:(

punching hole in valentine bookmark
DIY Valentines for classmates

You can put the Valentine’s Day card (get it here!) on the same ribbon and they can just rip it off or you can tie it through the same hole with a little thread or ribbon.

DIY Valentines for classmates

If you need more Valentine’s for classmates, you can grab my free printable tag for fruit snack Valentines, tic tac Valentines, or smore Valentine printables.

DIY Valentine bookmarks for classmates

Or if you are a teacher, grab some our free Valentines from teacher to student!

DIY unicorn Valentines for classmates

There you have it.  Now the kids can use the bookmarks when reading their favorite books. Easy peasy, right? 

DIY Valentines for classmates bookmarks

With these easy DIY bookmark Valentines for classmates, your kids will be ready for Valentine’s Day in no time!  These would also be great for party favors.

DIY Valentines for classmates felt bookmarks
diy valentine bookmarks out of felt
DIY Valentines for classmates

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DIY Valentines for classmates

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