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Bible Journal Bands

One thing I know for sure is that a girl or a fella can never have too many book marks! It’s true! I know this because at my house, the latest most favorite bookmark always comes up missing and then frantic search gear turns on so that my kiddo’s can actually get their reading done, instead of searching for their lost book mark the entire reading time they have allotted in their busy schedule, before the latest basketball game starts outside on the driveway basketball court! The other thing I know for sure is that if my kids had a super cute band like the one Meredith from Wait Til Your Father Gets Home is sharing, there would be no need for the frantic search gear to ever engage, because a genius band like this keeping their place would never get lost as opposed to the ever missing book mark! Enjoy this fun and super easy project that is perfect for all readers young and old, gal or fella, Bible, novel or journal!

I’m thrilled to be here today sharing a craft that is both easy and super practical. You can use these for many different purposes too, which is always a plus, right?!  So, what is this super easy, practical, multi-functional craft I’m going to be sharing with you today?!

Bible Journal Bands

Bible Journal Elastic Bands - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
To make a few of your own, you’ll need a few supplies from The Ribbon Retreat including:

5/8″ Fold Over Elastic, a few DIY Flower Cluster Kits {choose the styles that you like}, and a few everyday crafting supplies including scissors, hot glue sticks, and a hot glue gun.

RIbbon or Trim

Bible Journal Elastic Bands - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
The great thing about the DIY Flower Cluster Kits is that you can totally mix and match just a few or a lot of the flowers to make beautiful arrangements on your bands.  To make each band, decide on the flowers you’ll be using and the coordinating color of fold over elastic as well.  To measure out the length of elastic needed, wrap it around the bible {I made mine vertical wraps, but you could most definitely make a horizontal wrap}.  Cut the elastic so that it slightly overlaps when pulled snug.  After all, it is elastic, so it will {and should} stretch to securely hold the book together.

Once the elastic is cut to the desired length, use the hot glue gun to secure it together.  Then, cut a small piece of the same color elastic and wrap it around the spot you just glued.  This covers up that edge and helps the band to stay together over time.  Be careful, the elastic is thin, hot glue is HOT, and your fingers can most definitely get burned!

Bible Journal Elastic Bands - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
After the elastic is glued and prepped, begin arranging the flowers you’ve chosen along the band in a cluster.  The kits come with felt circles that I used to help secure each flower.  I’d glue a flower to the elastic and then place the felt circle on the other side of the band, essentially sandwiching the elastic between the flower and the felt circle.  This does two things: 1. It makes the flower very secure to the band itself and 2. It provides a finished look for your piece.

Bible Journal Elastic Bands - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
That’s it!  Easy and quick!  AND, of course these bands could be used for a number of things: books, journals, planners, recipe books, magazines, flashcards, etc…  The possibilities are truly endless.  For now, mine are keeping my bible company!

Bible Journal Elastic Bands - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Bible Journal Elastic Bands - The Ribbon Retreat Blog


Thank you Meredith! How fun is that Bible Journal Band! I love it! I love that it keeps place and looks so pretty doing it! I also love that it can be used for any book and with a little switch up in adornments, it can be perfect for everyone…gal or guy too! It’s easy peasy and great on a crafter girl’s budget as well…it’s perfect! I can see a whole bunch of girls getting together to make their own for their latest novel or to match their next dress to wear to Bible Study! However you choose to use your journal band…it will look amazing holding your place! For more amazingly creative projects by this fabulous lady, make sure to stop by Wait Til Your Father Gets Home! Meredith would love to see you there!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to read and therefore, am always in need of a bookmark or two or ten…depending on how many novels I currently have my nose in. Here are a few more fun bookmark projects that are easy, fun and perfect for keeping your place in your current read or journal!

Ribbon and Feather Bookmarks - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Fabric Bookmark Tutorial - Perfect gifts for the readers in your life! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Easy Notebook Band - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Are you a fellow book lover or journal keeper? Great!!! Head over to The Ribbon Retreat to get all of your needed supplies to create your own personalized book mark or journal band! The Ribbon Retreat is full of ribbon, elastic, flowers, felt, tulle, burlap, resins, gems and so much more…all of which, combined together, make splendid bands and book marks! Head over to our online craft store today! You will love what you see and will even find a deal or two! Find The Ribbon Retreat HERE! See you there!

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4 Comments

  1. Posted April 25, 2016 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Thanks for having me today, Michelle! Love sharing at The Ribbon Retreat 🙂

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted April 26, 2016 at 5:03 am | Permalink

      You are so awesome Meredith! Thanks for always being willing to share your incredible talents with us! Michelle 🙂

  2. Andrea Everett
    Posted May 5, 2016 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    I made 2 already. First one being trial and error. One thing I did differently is I ran a stitch across where I glued my elastic together. My first one once it was glued and secured I glued the flowers on and the heat from the hot glue made the elastic pop apart. I ran a stitch across and it held! These are beautiful and my friends love them! Thank you Meredith for sharing this project.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 5, 2016 at 11:12 am | Permalink

      Hi Andrea! Wow…thank you so much for sharing your tip! You are so awesome, and I bet your bands look amazing! Thank you again and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

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