Back to School Bookmark

Get your kids excited about school with this cute back to school bookmark! Choose from a school bus, a book, an apple, or a pencil, or make all four! This craft is a great activity for the classroom or at home. Bookmarks save your pages from being folded down, too! 

Back to School Bookmark

Bus, apple, book and pencil bookmark templates on white background with arrow pointing to completed yellow school bus bookmark craft on white background with light blue border

My kids love to read, and it seems like we never have enough bookmarks. We are always looking for one to hold our place in a good book! I love how easy it is to craft bookmarks and it encourages creativity as well. A craft with a purpose always earns an A+ from me. 

Crafting with my kids is a lot like reading to them. We get to enjoy quality time together, which is always enjoyable! Plus I’m always teaching them something new, whether it’s fun facts from a book or scissors skills with a craft. 

My kids can’t wait to take these bookmarks to school with them! 


  • Colored Construction paper
  • Pencil – to trace the template
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie or gel pen

Printable Template

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How to Make the Back to School Bookmark

Yellow paper school bus with four blue windows, red light at the front, a black horizontal stripe, and two black wheels attached to a Popsicle stick


Cut out pieces of bus craft, yellow bus body, four blue windows, red light, two black wheels, two smaller circles for wheel centers, and a skinny black rectangle
  • Select colored construction paper for the craft. The template includes a school bus, apple, pencil, and a book. Trace the template patterns on the selected papers and cut them out nicely using a pair of scissors. Let’s start with the bus. 
Yellow bus shape with red light glued to the front and black rectangle stripe glued horizontally across the bus a few centimeters from the bottom
  • Glue the black strip 2 cm above the bottom edge of the bus. Glue the red light cutout to the front of the bus, above the black strip. 
Yellow bus cutout with black horizontal stripe and red light on the front and one blue window at the front. Three other blue windows are above the bus on a white background and there is glue on the bus marking where those windows will go
  • Apply glue on the bus to mark the positions of the windows
Yellow bus shape with black horizontal strip, red light on the front, and four blue windows
  • Glue the windows onto the bus. There are four of them. 
Yellow bus shape with black stripe, red light and four blue windows above two black wheels with brown centers
  • Glue the small round circles to the center of the larger circles to make the wheels. 
Yellow paper bus with four blue windows and black wheels
  • Glue the wheels to the bottom of the bus, overlapping the top half of the wheel with the bus. 
Yellow paper bus with blue windows that have been traced around with a darker blue color and red light at front also has a darker red outline, next to a Popsicle stick
  • Use a sharpie or gel pen to trace the outlines of the windows and wheels. 
Completed yellow bus bookmark attached to a Popsicle stick
  • Glue the bus onto the top of a popsicle stick or craft stick to complete the bookmark. Similarly, craft the other items and attach them to popsicle sticks. 

Tips and Tricks

  • To make your bookmark more sturdy, glue the completed figure to a piece of cardboard. Then cut it out again and glue to the craft stick. 
  • Another way to make your bookmark more sturdy is to use a wider craft stick. These can be found in most craft stores. 
  • Write your child’s name on the school bus, pencil or book! 

More Ideas…

Gearing up for school to start is such an exciting time of year. The kids can’t wait to meet their new teachers and meet up with old friends. If you need more activities to amp up the excitement, try Back to School Color by Number sheets! 

To get on the good side of your child’s teacher, brush up on their writing skills with these September Writing Prompts. 

If you homeschool, or if you want to spruce up your child’s homework area, try a Construction Paper Name Craft

Whatever you end up making, don’t forget to share with us on social media @frostingandglue!

light blue background with bold white text and image of back to school bookmark

Back to School Bookmark

Back to School Bookmark

Back to School season is so fun and new every year, and this Back to School Bookmark is so perfect for the first week back to school! Make two with each of your kids, for themselves and for their new teachers!


  • Construction papers
  • Pencil – to trace the template
  • Craft glue
  • Sharpie or gel pen
  • Popsicle stick


Grab construction papers for the back to school bookmark. The template includes a school bus, apple, pencil and a book. Trace the template patterns onto the construction papers and cut them out. Let’s start with the bus bookmark.

Glue the strip a little ways above the bottom edge of the bus base cutout. Glue the front light to the front part of the bus, above the strip.

Apply glue on the bus to mark the positions of the window glasses, or you can apply glue on the backside of the window glass cutouts, whichever you find easier.

Glue the small round cutouts on the bug round cutouts to craft the wheels.

Glue the wheel patterns along the bottom side of the school bus pattern. Keep half of the wheels overlapped with the bottom part of the bus pattern.

Use a sharpie or gel pen to trace outlines of the window glasses and wheels. Select a popsicle stick of any size as you wish.

Glue the bus pattern on the popsicle stick to complete the bookmark. Using the same steps, put together the other items and glue them to a popsicle stick.

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How Do I Print A PDF?

You’ll need a program that supports PDFs. Adobe Acrobat is a great option. Open the program, click file then print. Select your printer and the number of copies you want to print. Be sure you click double-sided if you want it to print on both sides. 

Can I Resell These?

You may not resell any printable or template that you find on our website or received in your email. You may use them for class parties, at church, at home, or in the classroom. You may get these printed at an office supply store or copy center at your own expense.

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