Maybe you've made cereal box notebooks before but have you thought about making them extra special with a bit stitchery? Julep has a tutorial for the stitching and making notebooks from cereal box cardboard.
Today I want to share a tutorial for a Mini Craft Foam Accordion Book that makes a great craft for a group, or, made up ahead of time, they are perfect for small gifts, party favors and stocking stuffers. They can be customized to any theme and can be used as books, journals, or mini photo albums.
The mini books are made using materials from the Spangles Foamies Party Platter, part of the Creatology line by Darice at Michael's. On the platter there are a variety of pre-cut foam shapes that are plain or glittered and in the center you'll find mini pom poms, sticky back gems, and sequins. There are also foam stickers in assorted colors that make decorating really easy.
For older kids, just set out the Foamies Party Platter, glue, scissors and paper and they will be able to do everything themselves. For younger kids you may want to make the books up ahead of time and then let them have fun decorating the covers.
Craft Foam Accordion Books
Materials: Spangles Foamies Party Platter copy paper or cardstock glue stick white glue or glue dots scissors ruler pencil
Directions: 1. My books have six panels but you can do more or less, whatever suits you. I had to cut two different strips, one that was 2" x 8" and one that was 2" x 6". Then glue stick them together, overlapping one panel, to get one six panel strip. Fold the strip accordion (concertina) style every two inches.
To make it easier, I created a simple graph in a word processing program :)
2. Put glue or glue dots onto the front panel of your accordion strip, center over the front cover and press down.
3. Put glue or glue dots on the back panel of your accordion strip and glue down the back cover so that it lines up with the front cover; press with a heavy book until dry if using white glue.
4. Now decorate your cover however you like! Use the pre-cut shapes and adhesive back stickers or you can cut your own shapes - very easy with regular scissors. Glue dots work the best for this but you can use white glue too.
Guest posting today is Annie, the creator of Alphabet Glue! Learn how to make comic books, or graphic novels, with this excerpt from Volume Eight!
DIY Comic Books from Alphabet Glue
Ever since discovering a love for her father’s childhood collection
of Calvin and Hobbes books last winter, my little girl has been all
about the comics. From Garfield to Peanuts, she seems to find endless
enjoyment in reading and rereading the humorous misadventures of her favorite cartoon characters. So what better activity for a slow summer
afternoon (or a rainy early fall one, really) than sketching up a
homemade comic of her very own? After some amount of debate about the
details, we decided that making these draw-your-own comic books feel
authentic meant that they should have boldly printed panels to contain
the action and that the binding should be no fancier than plain old
staples. The plus side of my daughter’s insistence on keeping it real
is that this is one bookmaking project that is super easy and almost
entirely focused on content.
Download the PDF (below) to find instructions for putting together the simplest of
books to house one-of-a-kind comic panels drawn by you and yours. And,
just for fun and the sake of simplicity, you’ll also find pages
outfitted with comic panel templates that can be easily printed if the
idea is just to get busy drawing and not to fuss with things like rulers
and making straight lines. So grab a pencil and let’s get going!