15 Elastic Book Bands That Are Too Pretty To Hide Between Your Pages

Whether you call them book bands, stretchy bookmarks, or elastic bookmarks, they’re simple: a strap of elastic that wraps around your book, holding your place for your next read.

What I love about book bands, though, is how versatile they are. They can hold down your pages if you have a large hardcover or cookbook. Use them to add some pretty decoration to your books when you’re not reading. Show off your bookish enamel pins on your spines. Or, as the planning community does, use them to hold pens for annotating (more on those planner bands later in this post).

These are the best book bands I’ve found: some are impossibly cute, others so pretty that you must buy a dozen and use them as gifts, while still others are affordable enough to buy a dozen for yourself if you read a dozen books at a time.

Note that given prices are current as of time of posting, but may change. Also, most shops have many more options, so explore and find the book bands you love!

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The Best Book Bands

LoveMaude makes some of the prettiest elastic book bands, featuring felted flowers. ($13.60)

elastic book band with flowers

 

I’m in love with this octopus elastic book band from Book Banditz Bookmarks. Check out the shop for even MORE great options, like this hobbit hole one or a DINOSAUR band. ($15)

elastic book band with octopus

 

Of course you need a sloth holding your page for you, from While Ellie Dreams. ($10.50)

sloth book band

 

A simple elastic book band with gold charm to decorate your book spine when you’re not reading, from Uptown Yvette. ($9.95)

elastic book band with charm

 

Perfect. (From JenEs Crafty Creations, $12.50)

golden girls book band

 

I NEEDS it. (From Mel G.’ Felties and More, $6.75+)

avocado book bands

 

So simple, yet brilliant. Mark your spot when you pick up your book again. From Bukuro. ($7.70)

leather book band

 

Reading is a whale of a good time, elastic book band from Nonie’s Custom Creation ($7.50)

whale elastic book band

 

Perfect quote, perfect bookmark. (From Sophia W Jewelry Design, $21)

 

Um, yes mermaid book band. (From P31 Stitches, $10+)

mermaid book band

 

So pretty and available in so many colors, but this shop wins because it’s called Candy’s Book Thongs. ($10.50)

flower book band

 

Too stinkin’ cute, from Planning Zen. ($4.99)

cloud bookmark

 

The Best Planner Bands

There’s really no difference between book bands and planner bands, but those for planners and bullet journals typically have a pouch or place for a pen. As someone who loves annotating while reading, though, I would love these for reading as well. Here’s the best in planner bands.

Add a full pouch to your planner band with these minimalist foxes (or choose pineapple or llama themes!) from Sew Fantastic Handmade. ($10.50)

planner band with pouch

 

I’m smiling already. Adorably cute cactus planner band from Creations by Bold Chic. ($13)

cactus planner band

 

Simple and pretty, these elastic planner bands with a pen holder from The Wired Dash are affordable enough that you can buy loads of ’em. ($2.32+)

elastic planner band with pen holder

 


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