DIY Mini Book

This method is one of the easiest ways of creating your own book. A few years back I took a comic x RISO printing class and this was the first type of book we made because it is so effortless.

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One side has a page of fruits and vegetables. If you fold it up, the other side is a mini book with the names of colors. (Print on both sides to save paper!) Using a regular letter-sized sheet of paper (8.5″ x 11″) is the perfect size for tiny hands!

All you need is a piece of paper. It can be any size and it can have anything on it. If you don’t want to use the printout I made, you and your little one can paint or draw your own artwork and use this method of folding and cutting to make it into a book.

Rainbow Food

How to Make Your Mini-Book

You can color your book before or after. If you want to hang up the artwork side of the paper, I would color that first.

Fold your paper in half. (It doesn’t matter which direction. We’ll get them all eventually.) I folded mine “hot dog” style, first. Then fold it in half again. This time, “hamburger” style. Fold it in half the same way again.

The folds you are making will create the pages in your book.

This next part is a little bit tricky. But, I promise, this is as hard as it gets.

Unfold your paper. The whole process is a little easier if you go back on the fold lines in the opposite direction so the paper lays flat. (But, you don’t have to. It still works without this step!)

Fold your paper in half (“hamburger” style) and cut along the middle of the paper ONLY as far as the first quarter.

Press the sides down. (The cut side will be at the top of your book.) Turn the pages so the cover is at the front. Voila! You’re done!

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