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How to Make an Easy Bookmark from a Foam Food Tray

Let’s make a bookmark out of that foam food tray your ground meat came on!! Kill three birds with one stone—teach kids about reuse and recycling, stimulate their art and creativity, and, just maybe, encourage reading. Let’s get started.Food Tray Bookmark

Gather these supplies:

Make the Bookmark:

  1. Cut the sides from a clean food tray. Hang on to the flat bottom piece—we’ll use it in a later project. Cut the side pieces to about 3″ x 1″.Cut Sides from Foam Food Tray
  2. Let’s begin with the tassel for the bookmark. Wrap about six yards of floss or lightweight string lengthwise around one of the pieces.
    Make the tassel

    Wrap with 6 Yards Floss

  3. Add floss for the tie. I’m using a contracting color here so it shows up better in the photos, but you could use the same color. Fold an eight inch length of floss in half and slide under floss wraps. Slide it to the top of the tassel.Add String for Tie
  4. Pass the ends through the loop and tighten. Pass the ends of the tie through the loops on the bookmark—one end from right to left and the other end from left to right. Tie a secure knot, but don’t cut the floss.Pass Ends through Loop
  5. Now we’re going to make the head of the tassel. Use a length of floss about 18″ long. Form a loop near the top of the tassel.Form Loop with Wrapping Cord
  6. Hold the loop securely in place with one hand. Starting at the top of the tassel tightly wrap the long end of the floss around the tassel, working your way toward the loop. Be sure to wrap over the short end of the wrapping cord as you go.Hold Loop and Wrap with Long End
  7. When you’ve wrapped about 3/8″ pass the long end of the floss that you’ve been wrapping around the tassel through the loop you’ve been holding.Pass Long End through Loop
    Finishing the tassel
  8. Gently, but firmly, pull the tail of the short end until the loop almost peeks out from under the wraps near the top. The long end of the floss is trapped under the wrapping.Pull Tail of Short End
  9. Do not cut the short end of the floss!! Thread it through a  needle and bury it in the tassel.
    Bury the Tail of the Short End in Tassel
  10. If you used a contrasting color for the wrap, trim the long end of the wrapping floss close to the  wrap. If you used the same color for the wrap and the tassel, this tail will blend with the tassel and does not need to be trimmed.Trim Long End of Wrap
  11. Cut the tassel loops at the bottom.Cut Tassel Loops
  12. Pierce a hole in the center bottom of the bookmark and tie the finished tassel in place.Finished Tassel
    Add the cross stitching to the bookmark
  13. Using the cross stitch pattern template as a guide pierce a row of holes on each side of the bookmark.Cross Stitch Pattern
  14. Thread a needle with floss. Leaving a four-inch tail, bring the needle from the back up through hole 7. Go down from the top into hole 2. Remember to hold onto the tail you began with. Next, bring the needle up at 8, and back down at three. Continue up at 9 and down at four. Up at 10 and down at 5. Up at 11 and down at 6. Now, working back down the bookmark, bring the needle up at 12 and down at 5; up at 11 and down at 4. Continue this pattern until the end when you go down from the top into hole 1.Cross Stitch Guide
  15. Turn the bookmark over and tie a secure knot with the end of the floss and the tail you began with. Add a drop of glue on the knot for extra security. Wait until the glue dries to trim the ends close to the glued knot.Tie Knot on Back and Glue
  16. Success!! Now, go pick up a good book and try out the bookmark.Food Tray Bookmark (Instagram)

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