During our last couple of fall retreats, we’ve ended with an activity for our women to help drive home the biblical message from the weekend.
We’ve worked hard to make sure the activity was purposeful and quick. (Let’s be honest, women are tired and ready to head home.)
This last fall our speaker spoke about the importance of being in the Word. As our team thought about what activity we could do to connect with her message, I remembered seeing ribbon bookmarks for Bibles.
It was perfect for our purpose! It was quick, easy, and useful! I sent the suggestion to our women’s ministry director who had me share the idea with the team at our next retreat planning meeting.
I’ve created a video tutorial to show you the process we used.
Please watch the video below for all the details.
How to Make a Bible Bookmark
I’ve also created a PDF with detailed instructions (as listed below) and a template that you can print on cardstock.
Click below to download the free PDF instructions and bookmark template.
- Measuring Tape
- Ribbon (various colors)
- Glue sticks
- Paper cutter (optional)
- Cut 15-inch sections of ribbon – at least 4 ribbons for every woman. We cut extra ribbons in a variety of colors so they could pick and choose.
- If making for a large group, place the ribbons inside a zippered bag for each table. (We had 8 women at each table and 8 of each color of ribbon. There were 10 colors total per bag.)
- If desired, place your logo or theme on the bookmarks before printing. (This can be done easily in Canva. You could also put a sticker on the bookmarks.)
- Use a cutting board and pair of scissors to cut out the bookmarks. Cut only on the solid line. The dotted line is for folding.
- Before assembling the bookmark, cut it down to size based on the spine of your Bible.
- Fold the bookmark on the dotted line and apply glue to the inside of the bookmark. Place your 4 ribbons side-by-side on top of the glue. Add some more glue on top of the ribbons. Fold the cardstock over and press down.
- Slide the bookmark into the spine of the Bible and trim the ribbons. You can keep the ribbon from fraying by using Stop Fraying (on my Amazon list here).
Note: If you’re doing this with a group, you’ll want to have:
- One cardstock bookmark per person
- A minimum of four ribbons per person
- 2-3 glue sticks in each bag
- 1-2 pairs of scissors in each bag
Several of the women in our group made more than one bookmark – some made them for friends and others made them to give to their children.
It’s been so fun to see our women continue to use these in their Bibles!
Want the bookmark template? You can access it here.
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