This adorable confetti shaker bookmark is easy to make and fun to personalize with your Cricut. It’s a great craft project for kids too!

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Raise your hand if you love a good bookmark. Who doesn’t. These bookmarks are adorable and they are quick and easy to make. They make the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Birthdays or Christmas. It’s also the perfect craft to get the kids involved.

Supplies

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Watch for a step by step tutorial. Prefer written instructions, keep reading.

Creating the Personalization Using Cricut Design Space

I like to start with personalizing the bookmark. It’s easier to put the vinyl on before the bookmark is filled with confetti. 

First, open up Cricut Design Space:

  • Select the Text box.
  • Go up to the Font dropdown to select the font you would like to use.

I am using a system font and not a Cricut font. What does this mean? A system font is something you’ve downloaded onto your computer. There are so many free fonts you can use this way. For an easy tutorial on how to do this see: Use System Fonts from DaFont and Etsy in Design Space. The system font I am using is called Festive

Select the perfect font for your personalization.
Select the perfect font for your personalization.
  • Once you have your font selected, type in the name you would like to add to the bookmark.
  • Note: If you are using a script font, you will want to make sure you Unite the letters so they don’t cut in separate pieces.

Next, I like to add an Offset to the name. I do this because there is a lot going on with the confetti, so an offset helps the name stand out a little more. 

  • With the name selected, go to the Offset dropdown. 
  • Adjust the distance of the offset until you are happy with the thickness. I used .111.
  • Select Apply.
For an extra touch, add an offset to your name.
  • Don’t forget to size the name to fit on the bookmark before you send it to cut. 
  • My bookmark was approximately 2″ x 6″, so I made the name 1.6″ high. 

Don’t forget to size your name to fit perfectly on the bookmark

Now it’s time to cut the vinyl using your Cricut. Select the settings that work with the vinyl you selected.

I used the following settings:

  • White Matte Vinyl = Vinyl + More Pressure
  • Mirror Chrome Purple Pink = Premium Vinyl – Textured Metallic
  • Glitter Carnation Pink = Premium Vinyl – Textured Metallic

Adding the Personalization to the Bookmark

After the vinyl is cut, you will weed it. I love using my weeding pen and vinyl weeding scrap collector.

Next, use transfer tape to transfer your vinyl to the bookmark. If you are layering two colors, use parchment paper in between to line the vinyl up perfectly. 

Now that you have a gorgeous personalized bookmark it’s time to add some fun.

Adding the Confetti

This is also a great time to get the kids involved. I have multiple foil confetti shapes and I let my daughter pick her own and mix and match. I give her creative freedom, but remind her that it’s a bookmark, so it cannot be stuffed too full since it has to sit in a book. 

Sealing the Bookmark

Now that we have the bookmark personalized and filled with gorgeous glittering confetti, we need to seal the bookmark shut to keep the confetti from spilling out.

I will walk you through two different ways to do this:

  1. Photo Fuse Tool
  2. Cricut EasyPress Mini

 

Using the Fuse Tool

Let’s start with the photo fuse tool.  This tool is so much fun to use. If you don’t already have one, the price for this tool seems to fluctuate depending on supply. I purchased mine for less than $30. If they are charging more than that, I would wait until the price goes back down.

How to use the photo fuse tool:

  • Attach the circular attachment (fusing tip).
  • Preheat the tool for 10 minutes
  • Using a ruler and a heat safe mat roll the fuse tool across near the top of the bookmark.
    • The key here is to get the correct amount of pressure and the correct speed. If you go too slow, you will burn through the bookmark, if you go to fast, you won’t fuse it together. I had sacrifice a bookmark blank for practice. You can also watch the featured video to see how quickly I go.

You are left with a cute line at the top of your bookmark and a bookmark that is now sealed shut.

Using the fuse tool to close the bookmark.

Using the Cricut EasyPress Mini

If you don’t already have a fuse tool and you are just making a couple of these, investing in a fuse tool might not make sense. I wanted to find another way to seal the bookmarks with a tool that you might already have. So pull our your Cricut EasyPress Minis! 

How to use the EasyPress Mini:

  • Turn the EasyPress Mini to level II.
  • Flip the bookmark so the opening to the sleeve is to the top. This gives you more space in between the top of the bookmark and the EasyPress Mini.
    • You do not want to touch the top of the bookmark. It will melt and not look nice. 
  • Once your mini is heated up, take the edge of your EasyPress Mini and press on the bookmark for about 1 second.
    • Use the edge part of the Cricut EasyPress Mini that is the straightest. 
  • Repeat this same motion moving down the bookmark in a straight line. 
    • It took me three presses to get across the entire bookmark.

The EasyPress Mini forms a nice seal by carefully melting a line down the bookmark. However, you might want to practice on a bookmark blank before you do this to your decorated bookmark.

Finishing Touches

Lastly, tie a ribbon onto the bookmark to finish it off. I love these gauzy romantic ribbons. 

This fun project gives you polished and professional looking bookmarks that are perfect to sell or give as gifts. 

 

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