I’m still feeling a bit guilty for defacing a book for my last post about bookfolding so I’ve decided to redeem myself by creating these adorable minibooks.
Just like in Horton Hears a Who when Horton proclaims that people are still people no matter their size, so it goes with books. Even diminutive pages can have beautiful and inspiring words and pictures. Who wouldn’t love to get one of these tiny creations as a gift? So think mini and get creating!
Here’s a little poem I wrote to fill the pages of one of my minibooks:
Come inside this mini place,
don’t worry if there’s not much space
a little world awaits you here,
with tiny things and so much cheer.”
There are hundreds of tutorials for these books online. After trying several methods, I decided to create my minibooks using these directions:
Choose paper for the front and back covers of your book and for the inside pages. You can get really creative with the paper you use—the possibilities are endless. Head down to one of the craft stores and rummage through the scrapbook paper aisle. You’ll find every theme under the sun, including the sun in fact! If you like the antique look, use parchment-style paper and tear the edges rather than cutting them.
Cut the paper into roughly 2 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ rectangles.
There’s no magic to these dimensions; you can make them any size you’d like. Just keep in mind that you’ll be folding the rectangles in half. For thicker card stock, I used about 15 rectangles. For standard weight paper, you can use closer to 20-25 rectangles.
Fold each piece in half, pressing down the crease to make a tight fold.
Gather the rectangles together to form your book. Hold the pages in place with 2 binder clips.
Using your glue gun, put a strip of glue on the book’s spine and quickly smooth out the glue with a piece of cardboard. Repeat this step if needed so that all the pages are secured with glue.
To finish off the book, glue ribbon, burlap, fabric, leather or even paper over the spine.
Now the fun part…deciding what to do with these minibooks!
Here’s a few ideas…
You can use them as party favors:
Or make a bowlful for your coffee table!
Have fun creating and don’t forget to send me photos of your creations!