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Saturday, January 16, 2010

How to add book ribbons to a special book

Every hardcover reference book that you turn to frequently deserves to have its own placeholder ribbons. Here's how to add them to your book.

1. Head to your local arts and crafts store and buy some ribbon. I’m talking real cloth ribbon here, people. Not the flimsy stuff for gifts.
Cloth ribbon

2. Find some stiff card and punch a hole in it. Thread the ribbon through the hole as shown.
Attaching the ribbons to the card

3. Drop the card into the spine of the book. Push it down, out of sight.
Inserting the card into the book spine

4. And voila, your book now has two placeholder ribbons. Ask your book how it feels. It will reply: Ecce vide, pulchra sumus. (“See, we are beautiful.”)
Book with ribbons


  • Instead of threading the ribbon through the hole in a complicated way, you can also just pass it through the hole, or staple it.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 2/20/2010 7:32 p.m.  

  • What's the shinny penny for? Does it have a function in this or is it just to demonstrate size, proportions and such? Or did my dumb blond ass miss something here?

    -Lola Babycakes

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/05/2010 11:21 p.m.  

  • @Lola - Yep, the penny is just for a size comparison.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 7/21/2011 8:36 p.m.  

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