How to Design Your Own Bookplates with Templates


Bookplates are used to denote who a book’s owner is. They are placed on the inside of the front cover of the book and are marked with the owner’s name. They were created to help individuals who found a lost book return the book back to its owner. They also serve a decorative purpose and add a unique aspect to the copy of the book. Bookplate templates can found online and can be printed from the computer.

Things You'll Need

  • Color printer
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Acid-free glue or double-sided tape
  • Choose a template. There are a variety of templates for bookplates available to you on word-processing programs and the Internet.

  • Print the bookplate template out. Cut it to the size you want. Bookplate templates usually have lines to cut on.

  • Cut decorative scrapbook paper half an inch larger than the bookplate on all sides. Glue the bookplate template to the center of the scrapbook paper.

  • Write your name on the bookplate. If you want to give the book as a gift, you can write the recipient's name on it.

  • Tape or glue the bookplate onto the inside of the front cover. Use acid-free glue or tape.


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