right now i'm reading 'wicked' (i finished 'miss peregrine's home for peculiar children' - really really good!), recommended by kathy. for a while now i've wanted a wizard of oz bookmark, like this one or this one or this one, that looked like the legs of nessarose / the wicked witch of the east wearing the ruby slippers sticking out from the pages of your book like they stuck out from under dorothy's house. since i'm reading 'wicked' i thought it was an appropriate time to buy one, but i wasn't really ready to part with £15 for a bookmark, so i decided to make my own.
i'm not good with clay or wood so i couldn't carve or mould 3D legs; instead i used blank flashcards that i had left over from exam season. i cut one in half and used one half for the bookmark and the other half for the legs, which i sketched, painted and then cut out with a craft knife. i then glued the legs to the bookmark section. right now the bookmark bit is blank except for a few splodges where i removed excess paint, but i'm planning on either block-colouring it or adding some wizard of oz-based design. i haven't decided yet.
obviously paper isn't as strong as clay or wood and the legs are flimsy (i usually keep them tucked inside the book so they don't get bent or damaged) but i think they're a good enough substitute for now. overall i really like the look and i've had good reviews from family members haha. :-) xx