Copper Bookmark Tutorial


I’ve decided to do a series of easy to make presents to give away this holiday season.


First up is a copper bookmark and this is a beginner project.  No metalsmithing or metal arts experience needed.  Best of all is that most of the supplies are available at your local chain Home Center or hardware store- or in your husband’s tool chest:



Hammer- any inexpensive household hammer will do

8 gauge solid copper wire- I found mine on large spools in the electrical section of Home Depot. They sell it by the feet.  For a more expensive gift, you can purchase 8 gauge sterling silver  wire from Thunderbird Supply.

Hard surface such as an steel bench block, anvil, or, in a pinch- concrete.  If you want to buy yourself a bench block, I bought mine from Contenti Jewelry Supplies here.

Bastard File- 6 inch  Hmmm… don’t ask me why it is called this, it is basically a flat file. I found mine in the tool section of Home Depot.

Sandpaper- I use a variety of sandpaper grits, pick one that is fine and very fine.

Wire cutter- to cut the wire into 8 inch pieces.  You can also have the hardware store employee cut it as well.  I borrow my husband’s 🙂

Hole punch- I picked mine up online from Contenti.  I also have a set of inexpensive metal hole punches from Harbor Frieght.

Beading pliers, jump ring, beads, fiber, or other embellishment for decoration.  You can get these from any craft or bead store.

Safety googles


Let’s Begin!! This project only took me about 10 minutes to make.

Step one:  Using the wire cutter, cut the copper wire into approximately 8 inch pieces.

cut-the-wire1 (click to see larger image)

Step two:  Take the hammer and pound the top 1/2 inch of the wire to a flatter shape that looks like this:

flatten-end1 (click for larger image)

To get a flat even surface on both sides, you strike the first side with a few blows from the flat side of the hammer, then turn it over and strike the metal a few times, then repeat this process.

file1 (click for larger image)

sand2 (click for larger image)

Step three:  File both ends  of the copper smooth, then create a hole for the jump ring in the top flattened section.  The easiest way is to use an inexpensive metal hole punch tool like this and then sand/file any sharp edges smooth:

hole-punch1 (click for larger image)

Step four:  Now to bend the wire into the desired shape.  I bent mine around a small diameter round shape that was around my house.  I hold on with one hand, keeping the flat section parallel to the floor, and form the wire around like this:




Step 5: I do the same thing to create the wavy shape of the long wire side:


Step 6: Time to pound the metal wire flat on the long side using your hammer and hard surface to flatten the bookmark.  Be sure to leave the candy cane top round, so follow the diagram to know where to begin striking with your hammer.


As before, you pound one side to flatten down the length, and then turn it over after a few blows in each area and strike along the back side of the bookmark you are flattening.  I keep turning it over, back and forth, so that I flatten both sides evenly.

Step 7: Double check you do not have any rough places on your bookmark.  if you do, then use the  file and sandpaper to smooth.

Step 8: Almost finished, all you have to do is add your jump ring and beads or fiber like this:


And the finished project after adding your favorite bead, charms, recycled jewelry (old earrings, small pendants, etc) to complete this project:


I do hope you will take the time to try this project.  You could easily make gifts for teachers, friends, neighbors for a very small price.  Besides bookmarks, you can also make Christmas Tree ornaments.

If you enjoyed this tutorial, then be sure to check out my free tutorial page here. Happy Holidays to you!

Regards, Carla

28 thoughts on “Copper Bookmark Tutorial

  1. This is a great idea and it is very much appreciated that you have provided us with the tutorial. It will go on my list of things I want to make.

    Karen A.

    Thanks, Karen! Since I already had all the tools, I figured that my material cost to make one was less than 50 cents each. Next time I ship you a package, I’ll throw one in. LOL!

  2. Bastard files are named that because the term bastard is used to mean “intermediate” like –rough, coarse, bastard, smooth, dead smooth

    Cool tut!

  3. Carla, I love the bookmarks and hope to find the time to make a couple. You are so generous with your talent, thanks again for sharing with us.

  4. Wow those are really cool! I have everything with the exception of the holepunch and mabye the copper wire but I bet Hubby even has copper wire. Oh I do not have jump rings. Maybe after I catch up with my customer quilts I can gather up the stuff needed that I do not have and make up a dozen of these for gifts for my girls teachers and a few for family and friends………………………thanks for the awesome tutorial!!!!

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  6. I just read an article about a book which focuses on doing Christmas for under $100. What a perfect gift idea! It’s also a great way to use up the single earrings I have! Now I know why I never toss them when I lose one. Sooner or later, there will be a use for it!

  7. Carla Barrett, you are BAD! And I mean that in the best of ways! 😀 Just what I needed ANOTHER “gotta try” project.

    THANK YOU so much for the tutorial! Perhaps I will be more successful than I’ve been with the freeform crocheting. (Can we say UGLY! :o)

    Happy holidays!

  8. Carla, those are very clever and they seem so easy. I may try that, if I can easily find all the supplies. Thanks for sharing with such a great tutorial. You rock!

  9. carla…i am putting a link to this great tutorial on my website – hundred dollar hioliday…i will be back to see more soon…hugs, rebecca

    Great, Rebecca! Thanks for stopping by, too.

  10. You always have something fun going on! Hey, I wrote WordPress and found out how to make the pics “clickable” again. It’s on my blog. I can’t click you pics to see the quilting all close up and yummy. 🙂

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  12. Hi Carla…I just found this wonderful tutorial and would love to make some for presents for next year. Would you mind if I printed off a copy of the instructions for my own use because I know I’ll never be able to find it again when I actually want to do it. Thanks!
    Mary anne

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  19. this is super!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i been wondering since years ago where to get this copper hook and i ended up in here!!!! this is amazing! thanks for sharing this knowledge.

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