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Craft a Beachy Bookmark

Craft a lovely Shells and Twine Bookmark to remind you of days at the beach. Wouldn't it be lovely to give a gift of a book with this adorable bookmark included? This simple craft project can make a thoughtful gift, packaging embellishment or simple reminder of happy times at your favorite beach. Natural string fits right in with seashore finds such as shells, buttons, and bottle caps. Use your imagination and get creative!

Beachy Bookmark Project - Photo from
How to create bookmark: 
  • Knot eight 18-inch-long strands together at one end to make the main bookmark
  • Knot 8 inches below the first knot, or farther depending on the size of the book.
  • Drill holes in items to attach to the string ends or use hot glue.
How To Make Holes In Seashells:

The first thing to do is make a small hole in each of the seashells you intend to use. Using a Dremel rotary tool is preferable as it works at a very high speed and drills hole quite easily. If you do not have a Dremel, a regular drill with a ceramic or diamond drill bit will work as well.

•Anchor the shell in a vice so it will not move around while you are trying to drill.

•Dip the drill bit in water to help keep it cool.

•Hold the drill straight up and down and begin to drill with light pressure. Take care not to apply too much pressure or the shells may crack.

•If the drill gets very hot, allow it to cool before starting to drill again.

Drilling will kick up a fair amount of dust; you may want to consider wearing a mask to avoid inhaling the dust and fumes. Also, practice on a few unusable shells first to get the hang of drilling before you try it on the good shells. If you find they crack once you are about half way through the shell, try drilling to that point, turn the shell over and drill from the other side.

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  1. What a great idea...simple but very effective!!!


  2. This is so lovely! Did YOU make this? If so, I'd love to feature it on Completely Coastal.

  3. @azure islands - It is a great gift idea!

    @ Maya...well, I did make these a while ago for gifts but the original idea came from

    Have a beachy weekend, friends!

  4. Hi Sally! Love the book mark idea! (waves to Maya) I'm now a follower :)


  5. Hi Kim - so glad we found each other!! :O)


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