Alice Cantrell’s Bookplates

Bee Bookplates

Bookplates combine three of my favourite things: books, art and DIY crafts. How many times have you lent out a book to never have it returned? Gently remind friends and family to return your precious reads with the use of quirky bookplates. Whether you make your own, or purchase some, many options are available like these super sweet ones I found on Etsy at Alice Cantrell’s shop. Alice Cantrell’s bookplates are whimsically designed with images like seedlings, bugs and vintage cookware.


Bookplates make a great gift for yourself or for someone else! Alice Cantrell’s designs are hand drawn images you can download and print yourself. Alter the look of the end product by printing the ink drawings on coloured paper or stick to a neutral white, beige or gray for the watercolour versions. Then all you have to do is add your name, and cut and paste them into your books using archival glue for preservation. Leave the book open to allow the glue to dry completely before you close the book.

If you want to gift them to someone else, start with a decorative box, add a small bottle of glue with an applicator brush, the bookplates and a nice archival pen. Finish it with a sheet of coloured tissue paper and a ribbon to wrap around the box and you have a lovely hostess gift or housewarming gift or a gift to add a little cheer to someones not-so-great day!


The cookery set would be darling for cookbooks and the bee prints and seedling plates are perfect for gardening books and fiction of all kinds. In addition to the bookplates at Alice Cantrell’s you can also find  posters, banners, stationary and note cards all created in the same style or visit her website here. Some images are black and white and others are watercolour. Have you ever used bookplates to keep track of your library?

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