How to make a homemade book

How to make a homemade book

Nothing is better than a book for opening up uncharted territory for your little one to discover! Encourage your child to create a fresh new world of their own by making their very own book. This activity is a fantastic way for your child to practice their budding reading and writing skills as they uncover their storytelling skills. The end result makes a perfect gift or treasured keepsake that you two will want to read again and again and again!

What You Need:

  • Old magazines or catalogs
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape
  • 8½ " x 11" paper
  • Stapler
  • Pen

What You Do:

  1. Cut the sheet of paper in half horizontally to create two 4¼" x 5½" sheets. This creates an eight-page (including the cover) book. If your child desires a longer book, add more sheets of paper.
  2. Place the cut paper in a stack and fold it in half so the short edges meet.
  3. Open the folded paper again and staple vertically on the fold 2–3 times to hold the pages together.
  4. With your child, thumb through old magazines or catalogs and cut out small pictures that spark their interest. Have her choose enough pictures so that there will be one for each page.
  5. Have your child select a picture for the book’s cover and glue it to the front page. Ask your child to tell you about the picture, and together brainstorm a title for the book. Help write the title on the cover. Ask leading questions to spark creativity, but encourage them to come up with the idea themself!
  6. For each page of the book, have your child glue on a picture. Prompt your child to explain what is happening in the picture, then help them write a simple sentence or two about it on the page.
  7. When moving on to the next page, help your child sequence the story by asking transition questions, such as “And then what happens?” or “What does he do next?” When you reach the last page of the book, ask your child, “How does the story end?”

Once the book is completed, read the entire book together with your child. They will delight in seeing the fruits of their clever imagination!

Learn how to make a notebook out of a blank notecard or recycled cardboard that you’ll have lying around your house. This project is so quick to assemble and a great last minute homemade gift idea!

I *love* these little notebooks! They are so quick, easy and cheap to assemble, and a great way to use up pretty scraps of paper in your craft stash!

How to make a homemade book

They’re also incredibly useful to have in your handbag, diaper bag, car etc – you never know when you need a piece of paper to jot down ideas. Hope you fun making them!

How to Make a Notebook: Materials

For this project you will need:

  • blank notecard (or recycle cardboard from your kitchen – think cereal box etc!)
  • blank or lined paper for notecard pages (I’m using cheap printer paper that we found wasn’t very good quality for printing)
  • Needle and embroidery floss/thick cotton thread
  • Awl/Paper piercing tool (or hammer/heavy object and needle)
  • Cutting board, ruler and knife or guillotine
  • scrap paper for binding
  • Glue stick
  • ink and stamps, or other embellishments (optional)

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How to Make a Notebook: Assembly

It’s up to you what size you want to make your mini notebooks, they really are flexible!

I bought these blank cards on sale and then got them home and realized they weren’t actually a very attractive brown and I probably would never use them (oops! I am quite terrible when it comes to discounted stock!). Then I came across the idea for mini notebooks and realized it was the perfect way to use them up!

My blank notecards were 8 x 6 inches (approximately 21 x 15 cm), and the computer paper double the size.

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Trim down your note paper so it is the same size as your notecard/recycled card-stock cover. I’ve used 10 sheets of paper in my notebooks as I wanted quite a slim notebook for my handbag.

Fold the note paper in half, and then using a ruler and knife just trim down the outer edge so that you get a crisp edge to your notepaper.

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Put your notepaper inside your notecard cover. Now measure out where you’d like your binding holes to be. I just wanted to do a really simple binding with only two holes, and measured them out one inch above and below the center-point.

If you want, go wild with holes and do a more elaborate binding. There are no rules!

To pierce the paper you don’t need fancy book-binding or scrapbooking tools (but do go ahead and use them if you have them!). Anyone can pierce paper with a sharp needle and a heavy object/small hammer. Just make sure you do it on a protected surface so you don’t end up with holes in your worktop!

How to make a homemade book

Once you’ve made the initial piercings, push your needle through the hole and wiggle it around a little bit to widen the holes.

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To bind your notebook, thread some embroidery floss or thick cotton thread onto a needle. Working from the outside-in, thread your floss through one hole and back out the other, and secure the ends together at the spine with a double knot. Trim down the ends.

How to make a homemade book

Cut a piece of scrap paper to measure the same height as your cover and a couple of inches wide (up to you depending upon how wide you’d like your spine cover to be).

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Use paper glue to cover the back of your decorative paper with glue.

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Secure it in place to cover the spine and binding.

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While the glue is still wet, make sure you fold your notecard in half and allow it to dry in this folded position.

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You could leave your notecard at this stage, or have fun embellishing it anyway you like. Here I’ve stamped “notes” in black ink. (And yes, the “s” is upside-down – oops!).

How to make a homemade book

How to make a homemade book

And here are some finished notebooks. They are so quick to make and look so sweet. And finally I’ve used up those brown cards!

How to make a homemade book

Other tutorials you might like.

I hope you enjoyed learning how to make a notebook. Here are some other homemade gift ideas you might enjoy:

What better way to dive into the creative world of art than creating book arts? If you can dream it up, it can be turned into handcrafted pages. Bookmaking is more popular than ever, with artists exploring a variety of techniques and approaches to creating mixed media and fabric books. With a little guidance from the experts you will be on your way to making book sculptures in no time at all!

Start by exploring the wide range of possibilities of pulling together your treasures and scraps into mini-collage fabric books. Then, learn how to bind a book using different techniques, and even learn how to incorporate cheesecloth into bookbinding. Then, slim your sculptures down with a technique that is a fun twist on traditional handmade books. Using mixed media backgrounds and a few rules to follow, you too can create book arts to capture your memories, dreams, and imagination.

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What’s inside?

In the first of our upcycling projects, A Most Original Name Tag, you’ll learn to make a ‘name’ for yourself by cutting apart and reconstructing overalls to create the perfect background for adding your signature style. Next, in From Plastic Bag to Fused-Plastic Fabric, you’ll venture through a truly green art idea learning to create a unique fabric collage of fused bag layers and colorful patterns. In Mixed Media Glass Flower you can follow along as glass dishes, metal buttons, hardware, and stained glass remnants are turned into green art creations. Then, from trash to treasure, Raw Beauty RecyclaBabes help you elevate debris and found objects to the level of art supply to create upcycled projects with attitude.

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How to Make Mixed Media Books for Beginners

"Creating Treasure Booklets"
by Jen Osborn

While walking through a local antique mall, mixed media artist Jen Osborn came across a collection of school photos that had her brain spinning with ideas. In this bookmaking tutorial, she demonstrates how to take art elements, such as photos, and pull them together using fabric scraps, found objects, embellishments, and basic stitching to create fun-filled fabric books. Each page she creates is machine and hand stitched (or glued) together to create mini mixed media books. After reading this article you will know how to make a book from start to finish; including constructing pages, embellishing, using an awl, and how to bind a book together. Download your free bookmaking tutorial to get started creating your own treasure booklets.

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How to Make a Book Out of Cardboard

"Collage Board Books"
by Katie Kendrik

Artist Katie Kendrik discovered incredibly useful book making supplies by sorting through her stacks of a common household item: corrugated cardboard. In this article, she demonstrates how to use pieces of discarded cardboard as backgrounds, adding layers of paint and materials to created collage pages for mixed media books. She provides a wonderful variety of techniques for creating these pages, which you can pick and choose from in your own book making adventures. For her bindings she has selected a rather unusual element, which adds an ethereal feel to the finished handmade books. With this fun, unstructured approach to making handmade books, you will learn to make a book and how to bind a book using a whole new realm of book making supplies.

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How to Make a Spiral-Bound Skinny Book

"Get the Skinny on Mixed-media Books"
by Chrysti Hydeck

Be "thin-spired" by the refreshing opportunities of creating pages for a skinny book. These mixed media books are often created for an art swap, where artists are often given sets of rules and a theme to guide their skinny book creations. Artist Chrysti Hydeck demonstrates how to create backgrounds for bookmaking, calling the process more “carefree play” than structured designing. She brings all sorts of book making supplies into play, adding paper and art journaling supplies to the background for a skinny book that truly tells the tale. She also shares her tips for creating handmade art books on a busy schedule. Create your own skinny book pages and get your doodle on with this lighthearted approach to handmade paper books.

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How to Make a Book Sculpture

"A Look at…Tunnel Books"by Chrysti Hydeck

This mixed media technique is a fun alternative to standard bookmaking. Each creation sets the stage, whether literal or abstract, and engages the viewer as an audience member rather than a reader. If you’ve never made book sculptures before, this is the perfect place to begin.

From page construction to binding, these 4 articles cover everything you need to get started creating handmade books.

Plus, along with these articles on how to sell your art, online blogging tips, and ideas for promoting your business, you’ll tap into an entire community of thriving and creative artists just like you. And, with this free membership to the Cloth Paper Scissors community, you’ll discover a support network of thousands of mixed-media artists to help you along your journey.

The earliest present I remember receiving was on my fifth birthday. A neighbor girl—who was about ten—gave me a notebook and pen (or perhaps it was a pencil). I was so ecstatic to have my own blank notebook that I didn’t even care some of the pages had been torn out. I knew then that I would be a writer!
I still get that feeling of hope for the future; of infinite possibility whenever I pick up a blank journal today. Some of us are just wired that way, and a gift of a journal for such a person is a deeply encouraging gesture.
If you have someone like that on your gift list, let me suggest you make a hardcover journal from scratch (well, not all the way back to the tree), and give a piece of yourself along with the gift. The video below is a step-by-step tutorial for making a hardcover book. And here are the written steps for this tutorial:
1. Sew 6 to 8 sheets of printer paper together in the middle. Use the largest stitch on your sewing machine or stitch by hand.
2. Repeat step one for however many pages you want in the book.
3. Cut two 8 1/2 inch X 3 inch pieces of heavy-duty fabric (I used blackout fabric). Measure the width of all the pages put together and sew two seems down the middle of the two strips (together) as wide as the book will be. This is the spine of your hardcover book.
4. Cut two 8 1/2 inch X 6 inch pieces of cardboard.
5. Cover the inside of one of the outer flaps of the spine with contact cement. Hold it open until it dries. Cover a strip on the front and back of one of the cardboard pieces with contact cement and let it dry completely. Press the cardboard cover inside the flap on the spine and press firmly, smoothing out any wrinkles.
6. Repeat step 5 with the other cardboard cover.
7. Cover the middle of the spine on the inside of the book with contact cement (not rubber cement). Stay inside the two seams! Allow the glue to dry.
8. Hold all the pages together and tamp them down to make sure they are perfectly even. Brush contact cement over the sewn edges of the pages. Allow the glue to dry completely, then press them onto the spine and tamp firmly.
9. Cover the book with any paper you like. Use rubber cement for this. You can easily rub off any rubber cement that doesn’t get covered.
10. Decorate the front cover with something personal for the person who will get the book.

O papel que você utiliza é A4 e depois vc dobra ele no meio? E você sabe qual a margem que eu tenho que deixar pro conteúdo da página? Para que não fique justamente na dobra… Papel fotográfico pode ser utilizado?

Sim, é A4. A margem não sei. Experimente antes de colar no livro.
Acho que papel fotográfico ficaria muito grosso, mas vale experimentar.

Great video – nice and short but clear stages and direction. Thank you! I am about to make a book using the water marbeling art I have done and wanted to check how it is done. Thanks.

Olá Gostei muito do tutorial mais gostaria de saber que tipo de cola que se é usada para reemcapar o livro pois tenho um aqui que gostaria de fazer isso.

How to make a homemade book

Give the Gift of Your Own Time, Effort, and Love With a Handmade Coupon or Coupon Book

Creating a custom coupon book is a great gift idea and it can be a fun way to spice up a birthday, anniversary, holiday, and any other special occasion. Family and friends will love these thoughtful and creative gifts from the heart.

In this guide, you'll find suggestions for individual coupons and whole coupon book ideas, many that will cost nothing more than some elbow grease and effort or simply the pleasure of your company. Other ideas will add some money to the mix, but how much you spend is up to you (unless you're brave and want to leave it up to the recipient of that coupon).

At the bottom of the page, I'll show you the oversized book of gift coupons—one for each month of the year—that I made for my sister and brother-in-law (new parents of twins) for Christmas, with the help of two crafty and creative family members. You can see one of the pages here for August, which is the new mom's birthday month.

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Homemade gift coupon book

Design Your Own Coupons and Print Them

I've gone the "totally from scratch route" and also used these templates to make the coupons and the sending a little easier. Just add your creative juices to design and make your own printable gifts for spouses, friends, and family.

Coupon categories include:

  • Couples
  • Friends
  • New Baby
  • Child to Parent
  • Parent to Child
  • Adult to Parent

Some of the Many Occasions Perfect for Giving Homemade Coupon Books

  • Christmas
  • Birthdays
  • Anniversaries
  • New Moms and Dads
  • Valentine's Day
  • Graduations
  • Retirement Parties
  • Housewarmings
  • Mother's Day and Father's Day
  • Weddings

Homemade Coupons: Suggestions for Free or Almost Free Gifts

Below I've listed some suggestions for coupon ideas. Most of these are free (or almost free) and will surely please the recipient.

This Coupon Entitles You To.

  1. A thorough house-cleaning.
  2. A car-washing, inside and out.
  3. Breakfast in bed.
  4. A home-cooked candlelight dinner.
  5. A massage . from me.
  6. A picnic at the park (or lake or beach, etc.).
  7. A manicure . from me.
  8. A night of dancing with yours truly.
  9. An evening of babysitting, so the two of you can go out on a date.
  10. Having your laundry done—folded too!—once a week for a month.
  11. Having your bed made every day for a week.
  12. Having your lawn mowed (or replace with some other type of yard work, like weeding the garden for example).
  13. Having your garage organized and cleaned (especially for those with overstuffed, cluttered garages).
  14. A full day of elbow grease from me, to do whatever chores and projects around the house you'd like.
  15. Having a homemade lunch brought to your office (by me!) every day for a week.
  16. The favor of your choice.
  17. My honest opinion.
  18. Control of the TV remote for a month.
  19. A big, long hug!
  20. A full, uninterrupted hour of snuggling.
  21. A weekend camping trip with all meals prepared and the campfire built by yours truly.
  22. Daily dog-walking for a week (a month, etc.) . and a dog bath would be nice, too.
  23. Mend clothing, add patches, replace buttons.
  24. A long walk on the beach.

More Coupon Suggestions

Below I have listed some more ideas, and these will cost you some money, though much of that will be up to the user of the coupon.

  1. Dinner for two at ___. (Fill in the restaurant and include a gift certificate, unless you're one of the two going.)
  2. The movie of your choice. (Include a theater gift card, unless you're taking the gift-ee.)
  3. A day at the spa.
  4. A new outfit. (Add a specific store, if you want, and include a gift certificate . unless you'll be going along to pay.)
  5. An evening of babysitting so you can go out and have some fun. (Include with this a gift certificate or gift card for a nice restaurant, theater or movie tickets perhaps.)
  6. A manicure and pedicure at ______.
  7. A session with a personal trainer. (Arrange to pay for it.)
  8. A concert or other live show of your choice, accompanied by me (or their spouse, significant other, etc.).
  9. A weekend getaway to a destination of your choice (or be specific about the location).
  10. Having a [insert dollar amount] donation made in your name to a charity/cause of your choice.
  11. A replacement [insert item] for the one you loved and lost. (This idea came from a gift coupon my boyfriend gave me, for a new down jacket of my choice after I lost one I really liked while we were on vacation. I eventually picked one out, and he paid for it.)

Ideas and Supplies for Making Those Homemade Coupons More Snazzy

Sure, you can grab a magic marker and a piece of plain paper, write the coupon, cut it out and hand it over. Or you can use a greeting card or birthday card for example and write what you're gifting inside. Besides, it's the thought that counts, right?

But if you want to get a little more flashy and creative, here are some basic suggestions from my own homemade coupon-making experience:

We’re almost at the end of our 12-part series, Simple Writing Lessons for the Primary Grades. This Reading Mama and I have loved sharing simple lessons to take you through the stages of writing: pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing. We’re now at the final stage of the writing process: publishing.

Today I’m sharing a lesson and printable so your child can publish her own homemade book!

How to make a homemade book

Simple Writing Lesson #11:

Make a book

(a publishing strategy)

(Note: I used this lesson with my daughter who is at the beginning of her first grade year. You can easily adapt this lesson to other grades.)

When to use it:

When your child has taken a piece of writing through all the stages of the writing process: pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing. It’s a piece she’s proud of and wants to share.

How to teach it:

1. Prepare your materials. You will need:

  • your child’s piece of writing that she’s ready to publish
  • a pencil
  • colored pencils, markers, or crayons
  • book template (get at the end of this post)

2. Introduce the lesson. Here’s how it sounded at our house:

“You’ve spent a lot of time on your garden story. In our last few lessons you changed some things and fixed your spelling. It would be great to share this story with other people, so today you’re going to make it into a book!”

3. Help your child see how to plan for page breaks.

First I had my daughter read her entire story out loud.

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Then I guided her as we re-read it and determined where good breaking points would be. For very young writers, you will have just 1-2 sentences per page. When we got to a place that a new page would begin, my daughter drew a line. For some children, it will be obvious where to draw the lines. Other children will need more guidance.

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4. Introduce the parts of the printable.

Show your child the parts of the book: the cover (which will include the book’s title and your child’s name), the story pages, and the “About the Author” page.

5. Encourage your child to do her best work as she fills in the book’s pages.

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Now is the time for neat, careful handwriting. I had my daughter fill in every page of the book before she began to illustrate it. I encouraged her to do her very best work.

6. Let your child illustrate the book using materials of her choosing.

My daughter prefers markers, which is why I like to make the pages single-sided so that nothing bleeds through. Here are the pages of her finished book:

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How to make a homemade book

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7. Bind the book together. I stapled the left side and added decorative duck tape to seal the book.

8. Celebrate! Find an audience for your young writer. It could be a sibling, parent, neighbor, or friend.

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If you would like to know how to make moonshine yourself in the best quality, you can learn the art of distilling hands-on with the help of our book The Artisan’s Guide to Crafting Distilled Spirits:

  • Making a mash – the foundation of homemade moonshine – the copper still
  • Dilution of schnapps (alcohol dilution calculator)
  • Numerous moonshine recipes for mash, spirits and infusions

Making a mash

To obtain a good distillate, you must first of all make the perfect mash. The quality of the mash is decisive for homemade schnapps. Using rotten and dirty fruit can never lead to high-quality schnapps. In the book, you will find precise guides and recipes to make these mashes easily yourself, and you will find out everything about possible problems during fermentation and what measures can then be taken.


The book contains a detailed description of how to separate the heads, hearts and tails. When is it necessary to double-distil the mash, and under what conditions is single distillation adequate for homemade schnapps? You will find out exactly how you can distil a good brandy at home yourself.

Making schnapps yourself – the homemade still

How does the optimum still have to be setup correctly from a process technology perspective? What materials can I use? How do I construct or alternatively recognize a functional still? Regardless of whether you build the still yourself or buy it, here you can acquire the necessary know-how to end up with the perfect moonshine still for your homemade schnapps.

Dilution of schnapps

Detailed description of the dilution process including calculation for making the perfect schnapps yourself. Furthermore, you will find tips on the storage and artificial aging of your homemade schnapps.


Numerous moonshine mash recipes and distilling recipes for homemade schnapps with precise information for mashes, infusions and spirits. Discover how you can make the greatest variety of mashes and distillates at home yourself.

Table of contents

Table of contents:


  1. The Foundations and Traditions of Distilling
  2. Mashes
    HOW IS ALCOHOL FORMED?; An excursion into chemistry; The fermentation process;
    Which fruits can be used to make the mash?; Preparing the fruit; Fermentation container; Adding water; Conventional mash; Adding pure cultured yeast; Checking the pH value; Pectinate; Alcohol content of conventional mash; High-grade mash with added sugar; What are the advantages of a high-grade mash?; Preparing a high-grade mash; Checking the progress of the fermentation; Measuring the alcohol content in the mash with a vinometer; Fermentation log; When is the fermentation complete?; Problems during fermentation; Filtration of the mash; Storing the mash; Making a mash from grains, corn or potatoes (starch products)
  3. Stills
    Principles of construction; The pot still variant; Materials; Kettle; Column and lyne arm; Condenser; Different still types; Small Schmickl stills; Jacketed kettles; Reflux or rectification stills; Combination stills; Large stills (pot still and reflux); Buying a still; Using the still; Filling; Emptying and cleaning
  4. Distilling
    Introduction; Heads; Fine brandy; Tails; Separation of heads and tails; Relative proportions of the three parts; Antifoam; Single or double distillation?; Diluting to a drinkable strength; Determining the alcohol content; Calculating the amount of water needed for dilution; Cloudiness; Treatment with activated carbon; Flavor-neutral alcohol; Storage
  5. Mash recipes
    Excellent mash, excellent schnapps; Fruit wine; Filtering the mash; Pressing out the solid components; Extracting the fruit wine; Storage
  6. Infusions
    Required materials; Recipes
  7. Spirits
    The principle of making spirits; Basic materials; Recipes; Comparison of the production methods
  8. Essential oils
  9. Drinking culture
    Bottling and labelling; Enjoyment and quality check; Other countries, other customs
  10. Legal situation
    Germany; Austria; Distilling rights; Food code; Switzerland; Making spirits and distilling infusions
  11. Frequently asked questions
    Harvest calendar

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Moonshine Recipes

This extensive collection of moonshine recipes was put together by us over many years. It includes classics such as plum, grappa, gin, absinthe, raspberry spirit, herbs, orange, lemon, Swiss stone pine as well as more unusual recipes such as honey, coffee, cucumber, mushrooms, mango, roses and lemon grass.

Table of contents:
  • The book contains basic recipes for mash (also for different mash quantities), infusions and spirits.
  • The moonshine recipes are sorted alphabetically from A to Z, you will find more than 300 different recipes in this recipe collection.
  • Each recipe contains special features and any deviations from the basic recipe.
  • The information for each recipe is subdivided into mash, infusion and spirit. So you can see immediately, which type of preparation is suitable for a particular fruit or, with many fruit varieties and vegetables, all three types of production are very useful.
  • Many recipes also consist of plant / herb / fruit mixtures such as gin, absinthe, mojito,Christmas spirit,

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How do You Make Moonshine

Compact guide to distilling alcohol: Learn in short step-by-step instructions how to make mashes, spirits and infusions. There are no background explanations, the book goes into the individual production steps briefly and concisely.

Mini DIY books are the easiest types of books to create. You don’t need any fancy book-binding equipment; just paper, some cardboard, glue, and ribbon/thread. Once you’ve created your book(s), you can do about a million things to transform them into an out-of-this-world gift! Usage suggestions are at the bottom of this blog post.

I came up with this DIY book tutorial as I was brainstorming classy holiday gifts. You see, as much as I love DIY, around the holidays the term gets overused by bloggers as a way to entice people to make cheap gifts to give in bulk. “Cheap” is nearly always the selling point. However, I think we should approach DIY a different way. The truth is, I would much rather receive a thoughtful DIY gift than a store-bought gift. Case in point: in college, one of my friends gave me this little booklet of poetry .

I remember receiving it and being dumbfounded by the time and care he had taken into making it. I could imagine him writing, folding, and gluing; all with the intention of giving his creation to me — and I thought that was the coolest thing. He had clearly put a lot of energy into his creation, and that, to me, was worth more than if he would have handed me a $100 bill. I think people who are not stingy with their time are the best kind of people, I really do. So, for the holidays this year, I hope you make some soap for someone; I hope you knit a scarf; and I hope you create a few of these mini DIY books. I’ve got some suggestions on how to use them at the bottom of this post.

To make a mini DIY book, you’ll start out with a sheet of paper. I’ve got the American standard 8.5″ x 11″ <21.6 x 28 cm>here, but any piece of paper with similar dimensions will work. Divide it up into four even pieces as shown.

Cut along the lines to get four identical smaller pieces of paper.

Now, use a sturdy ruler to make crisp folds along the center of each piece of paper. For more detail on how to use a ruler to make folds, pop over to the Personalized Birthday Card Tutorial for a second.

Once you’ve folded all the pieces, put them all together, one inside the other.

The goal now is to bind all of these together somehow. You can sew them, you can staple them, you can glue them … whatever. I have chosen to use a small <1/8″>hole punch to punch two holes in the spines. You can use a bigger hole punch, but I like the clean look of smaller holes.

Next, grab any twine or ribbon you have laying around. I’ve opted to utilize some very thin polyester mending thread.

Poke one end of your thread/twine/ribbon through the top hole, and pull it until it’s protruding out the other side about 4″ <10 cm>.

Next, poke the other end of your thread through the bottom hole. It should extend much further than your top thread. Tie them together, maintaining that short/long ratio.

Use the longer side of the thread to wrap around the two holes as many times as you can, like this:

Once you can’t wrap anymore, tie what was the long thread together with the short thread in the back.

Then snip both threads so they’re about yay long.

Just as a note, if you are using thicker material than thread, the wrapping probably isn’t necessary, and you can go ahead and tie your ribbon/twine in the back after step one and call it good. At any rate, now you’ve made your content, and it’s time to make your covers! To do that, grab any box you have around; I have chosen to use a cereal box.

Cut two pieces of cardboard about 1/4″ <0.6 cm>larger than your folded paper. My folded paper is 2.75″ x 4.25″ <7 x 10.8 cm>, so I’m going to make my cardboard about 3″ x 4.5″ <7.6 x 11.4 cm>.

Now, choose a cover for your mini DIY book. I’ve picked out this stout little fellow from a vintage art magazine.

Cut the cover about 1/4″ larger on each side than your cardboard pieces. For me, that’s 3.5″ x 5″ <9 x 12.7 cm>. Then, lay your cardboard over the back of your cover, and draw straight lines from each corner of the cardboard, like this:

You’ll end up with squares in all four corners.

Cut all your squares out …

Then take a pair of scissors and snip the corners off the edges of the top and bottom flaps . That looks like this:

Now, put glue on all of the flaps. You can use regular white glue, a glue stick, whatever.

Insert the first cardboard piece in the center, and fold the side flaps down on it.

Fold the top flaps down and voilà!

Choose a material for your back cover and repeat the same steps.

Now, return to your mini book pages. Flip them over such that the front of the front page and back of the back page is exposed — basically, splay out the booklet. Drizzle glue over the back of the back page, like so.

Be sure and brush it out so the paper doesn’t bubble as it’s drying!

Flip the booklet over and glue it to the exposed cardboard side of the back cover, like this:

Repeat with the front of the booklet and the front cover.

And that’s it! You’ve got a DIY mini book, ripe for whatever you want to do with it.

I actually made a couple of these because I like them.

As far as what you can do with these — like most of my tutorials, you can tailor them to your needs pretty easily. Here are some ideas I have, and if you have additional ideas, plus do let me — and others — know in the comments!

  • Keep it for yourself and use it as a note or address book.
  • You’ve got exactly twelve pages, so you can make your book into a calendar , and keep it for yourself or gift it.
  • Instead of writing someone a plain letter, make one of these and write them a “book”. It will be neat little switch-up!
  • For a really sentimental gift, you can title your book “12 Reasons I Love You” and illustrate/write a different reason on each page.
  • Make a set and give these away as gifts in groups of 5-10. They’re handy little books to have around, whether they’re kept near a phone to take notes or used as a little field journal.
  • Make it into a “birthday book”. Write month names and the top of the pages , and then make a list of whose birthday is when. All the January birthdays will be on the January page , the February birthdays will be the February page, and so on and so forth. At the beginning of each month, you can reference whose birthday is coming up and ensure you send warm wishes/a card/a gift.
  • I love new recipes, so I love the idea of transforming these into mini cookbooks and gifting them along with sweets this holiday season.

Whatever you do, I’m sure it will be cool! You’ve got a blank canvas here and you’re creative: I have faith in you. If you’re ready for the next level in bookbinding, be sure and check out Jessica Moeller’s guest post from last year!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend; and as always, thanks so much for reading!

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