Papercraft: Vintage Paper Doll Bookmarks

Papercraft: Vintage Paper Doll Bookmarks

Are you anything like me? Do you struggle to find bookmarks around your home for the ten or so books that you have on the go? I have used hairclips, paperclips, rubber bands, spoons, junk mail fliers, strips of fabric, pencils, envelopes and shopping receipts as bookmarks. In a real pinch I have used Barbie clothes as a bookmark. Suffice to say I can never find a spare bookmark when I really need it.

So then I got to thinking, I’ve got this stationery drawer filled with spare things, like staples, envelopes, cables, and back up tooth fairy pouches; so why not have a stash of pretty bookmarks for all those reading books that I’ve got in rotation? From this a-ha moment came the genesis of a fun paper project – A vintage style paper doll bookmark collection. Let’s get started!


Paper Craft: Vintage Paper Doll Bookmarks

Papercraft Vintage Bookmarks

You will need:

  • 300GSM cardboard
  • Art pens (or paints, or pencils)
  • Craft knife (or scissors)
  • Cutting board


  • If you’re printer struggles to process 300GSM cardboard you can print the template to plain paper. After colouring the bookmarks, you would then glue the template to a light-medium weight A4 card.
  • These cute bookmarks can double as paper dolls. Don’t ya think!

How to:

1/ Print the template at 100%, preferably onto cardboard.

2/ Colour in the bookmarks using any medium you like. Really, the sky is the limit. Use any colours you enjoy, bright colours make these bookmarks really pop. You can use art pens, textas, paints, or pencils, whatever you have handy.

3/ Now that you have gorgeously coloured in the bookmarks, place the cardboard sheet on an art cutting board.

Papercraft Vintage Bookmarks

4/ With the art knife very carefully cut along the outside edge of each bookmark. Kids can use scissors for this step.

Papercraft Vintage Bookmarks

Papercraft Vintage Bookmarks

5/ For the final cutting step carefully cut along the inner side of the arms on each bookmark doll. This small division will make it possible to clip the bookmark onto a page. In fact it will look like the bookmark is holding the page.

Papercraft Vintage Bookmarks

6/ Now you have a collection of beeeeau-tiful, gorgeous, cute-as-a-button vintage paper doll inspired bookmarks. Perfect for handing out as gifts to loved ones, slipping into letters to pen pals, or, keeping on hand for the multiple books that you have in open rotation.

Papercraft Bookmarks:

Papercraft Vintage Bookmarks

Papercraft Vintage Bookmarks

Papercraft Vintage Bookmarks

Melissa GaggianoMelissa is a multitalented artist, designer, photographer and writer. In her line of work this often means wearing all four of these hats at the same time.

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  • Ari R. says:

    Surely an art that will never die.Thanks for sharing. Pinned for my followers to view.

  • Debbie Armstrong says:

    I ❤️❤️❤️ this! But I have one question, where can you download the template? I couldn’t find it. I have a friend that loves paper doll items and I would love to make some of these for her.

    • Melissa Gaggiano says:

      Hi Debbie! Great to have you visiting My Poppet.
      In answer to your question, scroll down to the How To section: In the first step the word ‘template’ is a clickable link. Click on ‘template’, and it will take you to the downloadable/printable template. I hope this helps.
      Kindest regards,

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