I wanted to come up with a way to decorate my eReader or tablet with a “bookmark.” I still love my bookmarks, but they have no use with an eReader. I thought about how people decorate their phones with phone charms that dangle down like a long earring when they talk. Why not do something like that with a tablet or C?
I designed my DIY eReader charms with the book lover in mind, but you can use this idea as a basis for any kind of charm. Make a tablet charm that fits your personality.
What You Need:
Dollar Store headphones or ear buds
Old or torn book pages
1) Choose the image you want to print on your bookmark charm. I made several shadow images from classic books, but you can use any image you want.
2) Print the image on one of the book pages. Make sure to change the settings on your printer to the correct paper size. Book pages are rarely letter size. Also make sure to change the size of your image to the size you desire and so it fits on the paper. Every printer is different, so fiddle around until you get it right.
3) Cut off any excess paper around the image so it is the size you want your eReader charm.
4) Laminate the printed image following the directions included with the self-laminating sheets.
I used pre-cut photo size self-laminating pouches and cut my image to fit the pouch. If you are using a larger or longer image, use the self-laminating sheets.
5) Punch a hole at the top center of your eReader bookmark charm.
6) Cut off the cord of the headphones or ear buds. Cut the cord as long as you want. The jack part goes into the headphone jack of the eReader or tablet and your bookmark dangles down. You choose how far you want the charm to dangle. Make sure to add at least one inch to the desired length. You need that extra inch to attach the cord to the bookmark.
7) Slip the cut end of the cord through the hole in the bookmark charm. Fold up one inch of the end of the cord and tape it to the cord just above the bookmark. Wrap the tape around both parts of the cord and cover the cut end of the cord so it doesn’t stick out.
I used pretty washi tape. I do suggest using at least a colored tape that matches the cord. Duct tape works perfect.
Simply attach the DIY eReader charm to your e-reader or tablet like you would a pair of headphones. Then get reading.