Our Mini Family: Turn your Soda Can Cardboard into a Bookmark!


Turn your Soda Can Cardboard into a Bookmark!


Here's the thing about soda can cardboard: it's the perfect texture for a bookmark!

I realize that my husband and I always end up having to recycle the cardboard and I usually keep some around to lay down before I paint in the kitchen or something. But this morning, I challenged myself to find a way to really use it for something I needed (but didn't want to have to buy at the store).

And that's when it hit me: I needed new bookmarks!


I went ahead and started cutting the Coca Cola box and started on the shape of the bookmark I wanted--as I went, I trimmed and ended up with straight lines and got a nice, rectangular bookmark. 

PRO TIP:
Use the lines from the branding on the box itself as guidelines for where to cut (e.g. I used the nutritional facts box as a guideline for when I started to cut, so I could have straight lines). Obviously here it's not quite how I wanted it just yet, but should give you an idea of what I mean as far as using the box to your advantage:


I was torn over whether I wanted to use my washi tape lying around the house, or even some scrapbook paper. Well, I went ahead and did both! I used Mod Podge to apply the paper to one side of the cardboard, and then used sticky washi tape to the other side! I just eyeballed everything since for this project I am about getting it done quickly (rather than being OCD). I am in low supply of bookmarks!


So as you can see, the edges are showing a bit and it's not perfect. But here's the thing:

This project took under 2 minutes from start to finish.

I have been swamped with work lately, and for me this was something I didn't have a whole of time to obsess over. We've all been there, right? You'll have to forgive me for this time. 
But I hope you have been inspired by my frugality! 

What other panty/household items do you save to turn into something else?
(i.e. do you save grocery bags, pasta sauce jars, et?)

22 comments :

  1. Very cool idea. I love the recycling aspect and we are always scrambling around for a bookmark. So it's a win win. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. My pleasure! I am glad you like it--and scrambling to find a bookmark is a pretty nice problem to have :P #yayreaders

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  2. very creative idea! recycling the cardboard is a great thing to do.. and it teaches the kids how to re-purpose items like that,

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    1. Exactly! Thanks for your feedback, Robert! Made me smile :)

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  3. What a great idea. I love the bookmark. I don't drink pop but I am sure I could use it with another piece of cardboard that I have.

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    1. Oh totally! Many other foods in your pantry I am sure you have are in a box like this as well! :)

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  4. Super clever! I need to try to make a batch of these consider we have a ton of these boxes around ...

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    1. Totally! And I am glad you think it's clever, girl! That makes me smile :)

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  5. Oh, now this is AWESOME! Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

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    1. Thank you, Carrie! Have a great rest of your day!

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  6. Ah, love that you recycled to make your bookmark - great idea! I'm visiting from the Craft Frenzy Friday party.
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

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    1. Thanks so much, Marie! Cheers & thanks for stopping by from Craft Frenzy Friday!

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  7. Our site is all about the reuse!! LOVE THIS!!! Great job!

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    1. IT totally is!!! I love your blog so much--thank you so much for coming by to say hi!

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  8. Thanks for sharing at Tell Me About It Tuesday!
    Featuring you tonight as a favorite!

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  9. What a great idea! I love upcycled crafts. Thank you for sharing with us.

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