Thursday, March 29, 2012

DIY Magnetic Line Marker

If you're a knitter, crocheter, avid reader, or have a child who needs help with reading, you can make these simple and cute magnetic line markers!  I've seen these all over Etsy and in book boutiques, but today I'm going to show you how to make them yourself!

FIRST - gather your supplies! In this case, I'm using
  • Darice Flexible 0.5 in (1.27 cm) wide, adhesive backed Magnets (cut to size)
  • 5/8 in (15 mm) ribbon
  • scissors
  • Low Temp Glue Gun or any type of all-purpose adhesive
  • a ruler
Make sure you put something over your table to protect it from the glue or the adhesive. I'm using a garbage bag.

Next, measure your ribbon. Most paper is 8" wide, so I like to measure out 16" of ribbon. You can measure to any length you like! (Remember, half of the length will be on the front of the paper and half on the back of the paper.)

Next measure the magnets. You're going to want about 2" less than your ribbon length.

You want to leave about 1/2" on either end of the ribbon and about an inch in the middle free.  I had to adjust mine a bit. Use either adhesive or adhesive backed magnets to secure to the ribbon. Make sure it's nice and straight on the ribbon. With some adhesives, you only get 1 shot, so go slowly.

Now apply adhesive or glue to the end of the magnet and fold the ribbon onto the glue to give the edge a nice, clean look.

Doesn't it look nicer with the end folded over?

Now use! The magnet on the front should be paired up with the magnet on the back to provide a nice line marker without disturbing your pattern, book page, or your child's homework. Make them in all sorts of pretty colors with different ribbons. They also make terrific book marks!

Craft on!



  1. I never thought about using those for kids, but it makes perfect sense. Time to go digging around my ribbon stash!

  2. cute idea need to find my box of ribbon

  3. Make sure to keep magnets away from computers!

    Are iPods or cell phones or other used gadgets considered computers?

    Cute idea.

    Thank you!


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