October is National DIY Month – and a perfect time to create your own mini books!
This activity inspires creative thinking, sparks the imagination, and is easy to do. It’s a fun project for kids and adults.
And… with Halloween right around the corner, use this project to create your own unique Halloween greeting cards – in booklet form.
Get busy, create, and have fun!
What You Will Need:
- Our Mini Book Template (click to print)
- 1 sheet of 8-1/2″ x 11″ White Paper for each booklet (I like to use a 24# paper with 113 brightness, but any copier paper will work)
- Colored Pencils
- Craft Knife or Xacto Knife
- Glue Stick (optional)
- Cardstock Paper (optional)
- Vintage Ephemera, Book Pages, Wrapping Paper, Fabric Scraps (optional)
- Vellum Envelope (optional)
What You Do:
- Fold a sheet of 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper in half, as shown in Figure 1, then crease the paper along the fold.
- Unfold the paper, then fold the top half into the center fold; then unfold and fold the bottom half into the center fold, as shown in Figure 2. Crease the paper along each fold.
- Unfold the paper completely. Each of the eight panels will become a page in your booklet. While looking at the paper in landscape position and reading from left to right, top to bottom – the panel page numbers are 4, 3, 2, 1, 5, 6, back cover, front cover (as shown in our template, which you can download from the link above).
- Use colored pencils to decorate the background of your pages. Your design can span across several panels or along each of the folds. You may want to add abstract elements such as curls, swirls, dashes, lines, or dots. Think about the theme of your booklet and draw designs to reflect the theme. Be creative!
- Once your background drawings are done, write sayings or poems on the cardstock, then cut them out and glue them to the pages of your booklet. These sayings or poems are used to embellish your pages, and because they are printed on heavier paper, they will stand out nicely.
- When all the pages of your booklet are done, unfold the paper completely, then use a craft knife to cut the center line of the center two panels, as shown in Figure 4.
- Fold along the lengthwise fold. Along the cut line for the middle panels of your booklet, the shape of a diamond will be formed, see Figure 5.
- Push the panels together, see Figure 6, and then fold the remaining panels into place to form your booklet.
- To make your booklet sturdier, use a glue stick and glue the backside of the pages together that formed the diamond shown in Figure 5. You may also want to glue the outer pages together.
- When your booklet is done, place it in a vellum envelope and give it to a friend!
- If you would like to make multiple copies of your booklet, make colored copies of your decorated sheet before cutting and folding it. If you don’t have a color scanner/printer available, colored copies can be made at copy centers, print shops, or office supply stores.
- Instead of hand-printing your sayings or poems onto the cardstock, use a vintage typewriter (or word processor software program) to type them! Use a variety of fonts for more interesting text. After you print the sayings or poems, just cut them out and glue then onto the pages of your booklet.
- For more embellishments, use vintage dictionary pages, vintage ephemera, old tickets, antique photographs, or even scraps of vintage fabric or lace on your card. All of these vintage elements add even more interest to your card!