Mini Book Tutorial
I wanted to squeeze in one more quick non-sewing project before we go full swing into The Summer of No Pants! My latest fun project to do with the boys is to work on little Mini Books. Sometimes they work on the books themselves, writing stories and drawing pictures, or we use them for storing their endless sticker collection. My favorite, though, is to have them dictate stories to me that I write down and they illustrate. The best part is that I can make a bunch of these in just few minutes and we now have a little stack of different sized Mini Books that I keep with our crafting supplies. They are perfect to shove into your purse and pull out when the kids get restless at a restaurant or doctor’s office. And if you need a quickie gift, you can throw this together with what you already have on hand.
I discovered a really easy technique that you can put together quickly with no measuring and little waste, as long as you don’t mind having a variety of different sizes.
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Neatly stack together an assortment of 5 sheets of colored paper. Push the paper as far as it will go into the stapler until it is flush against the inside of the stapler.
Staple all the way down your paper. Avoid stapling around the middle of the paper (where you’ll cut later).
Now flip the whole thing over, and fold along the line of staples you just made.
Neatly line up and cut off the excess paper. You should now have one very long book.
Open up your book and put one edge flush against the top of your cutter. You can measure here if you want to (half of the width of the paper to make two books) or you can just guestimate and cut. If you don’t have a guillotine cutter, you can easily do this with scissors or an Xacto knife and ruler.
Refold the books and Tada! You now have two Mini Books! Run a bone folder along the folded edge if you want them to close a bit tighter. Now shuffle your remaining papers into a new color combination and make more books in different sizes. The tiny books in my top picture are about 2″ squares. You can stamp a letter in the front to personalize them. I used acrylic paint, but ink would work, too. Tie with a pretty string and stick a golf pencil in there and you have the perfect gift, favor or stocking stuffer for a little author 🙂
Here’s Huck’s favorite part of his book, Huck’s Big Story:
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