Mother’s Day: Photo Bookmark

7 May

photo bookmark for mother's dayEach year to celebrate Mother’s Day, I turn  a photo of the kids into a gift for the grandparents.  I’m sure these hilarious hanging photo bookmarks will produce a smile.

Photo craft is a winner for Mother’s Day because it’s personal, significant and special.  The photo bookmark delivers on all those things, plus they are useful and fun too.  Give as a gift, post to family who live far away or use as a gift tag to decorate a present.

While much of this project needs to be done by an adult, it’s fun to get children involved in the photoshoot so it becomes a family activity (and kids love seeing the finished product — it is pretty cool).


Craft Board

Craft Knife (or Stanley Knife)


Photo paper

Small Tassel (available from craft and discount stores)

Permanent Marker

Laminator sheet / Laminator (optional)

Camera / Printer

1. Take a photograph

Capturing the photo for this project is part of the fun. Below are a few tips to keep in mind:

a) Keep the body in proportion

Hold the camera directly in front of the subject so the body is in proportion.  This usually means you’ll have to crouch down on your knees.

 tips for taking photos

b) Poses

You want to give the illusion of movement.   Below are some ideas on how to bring that element to the picture:

  • Lean on a wall or chair (in my picture, I had my daughter sit on our rock wall with her legs dangling down)
  • Stand on tiptoes
  • Stand on one leg and lean to one side
  • Make funny faces
  • Lean in different directions
  • Jump (if you have a camera with a quick shutter speed)
  • Look up
  • Try one hand in the air…or two!
  • Look into the direction of the intended movement (I did this with my picture)
  • Set the scene with instruction like, “Pretend you’re hanging off a rope?” and have the camera ready to capture the action.

Mother's Day Craft -- photo bookmark

2. Format

  • Crop the photo around the subject and then insert into a program like Microsoft Word/Publisher.
  • Adjust the size (by dragging the corner of the picture) so the photograph is approximately half an A4 size (portrait) in height.
  • Fit as many photographs on an A4 page as will allow.
  • Keep in mind, from the top of the hands to the bottom of the feet is how long the bookmark will be.  If you do find the size is too big/small after printing, it’s easy to readjust and reprint.  (Check by holding the picture up against the cover of an average book).

mother's day craft -- photo bookmark

3. Print

Print the document on A4 Photo Paper.

4. Cut

This part of the project is a little time-consuming but not difficult.  I used both small scissors and a craft knife.

  • First, carefully cut around the body of the subject (avoiding the tricky parts) using scissors.
  • Then, use the craft knife on a board to finish it off.

Mother's Day Craft -- photo bookmark

5. Laminate (optional)

For best results, laminate the cut-out photograph to prevent breakage.  Once finished, cut an oval or rectangle shape around the photo using scissors.

If you don’t have a laminator, stick the cut-out photograph on a piece of white photo paper with glue and cut around the image into a bookmark shape.

6. String

  • Make a small hole near the hands (carefully, using a sharp pair of scissors or craft knife).
  • Feed the tassel through the hole.
  • Secure the tassel by threading the end part through the loop and tighten.

Mother's Day Craft -- photo bookmark

Mother's Day Craft -- photo bookmark

7. Date

Date the back and add a message using a permanent marker.

Mother's Day Craft -- photo bookmark


They look fantastic! Hilarious!  The photo part of the bookmark sits inside the book, marking the place between reading, and the tassel hangs outside looking all pretty-pretty.

Mother's Day Craft -- photo bookmark

About Kelly

Kelly BurstowKelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug. She enjoys stopping for a quiet moment to feel the wind on her face and adventuring at every opportunity with her family. Her blog, Be A Fun Mum, is all about loving the little moments in life and celebrating these. Kelly lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband, four children and pet bird.

2 Responses to “Mother’s Day: Photo Bookmark”

  1. Trish MLDB May 9, 2013 at 3:21 am #

    A lovely idea Kelly.

    • Kelly May 9, 2013 at 7:17 am #

      Thanks Trish! Can’t wait to give them out on Mother’s Day!

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