How to make a tiny book

How to make a little book

I discovered this great thing recently – I can make a book out of a single piece of paper, with nothing but a pair of scissors. Actually, you don’t even need the scissors, if you are a really neat tearer.

It’s really really easy, and you can make books for all sorts of things. My imagination school kids have made them for presents, Dr Seuss-like tongue twisters, drawings, mini graphic novels and even an autograph book. Elfie and I were inspired to make a haiku one, after reading a Japanese picture book.

It’s technically called the French Fold, but I call it a tiny book.

1. Take a plain piece of paper.

how to make a little book 2. Fold long ways.

how to make a little book 3. Fold end to end.

how to make a little book 4. Fold again in the same direction.

how to make a little book 5. Unfold.

how to make a little book 6. Fold again, but this time, fold ends together.

how to make a little book 7. Now cut (or tear) along the middle, from the fold down to the centre. Only cut to the centre!

how to make a little book 8. Open again. You should have a slice down the middle.

how to make a little book 9. Refold, this time long ways again. Push the short ends together, and it should make a concertina.

how to make a little book 10. When you push ends together, you should see your eight-page book!

how to make a little book Hope you enjoy this cute little project. Once children learn the fold themselves, they can make a book from any old scrap of paper, for any purpose.

Let me know how you go and feel free to share your projects on my Facebook page. x

[jwplayer mediaid=”4271″]

how to make a little book from  single piece of paper

For more tales from the sunshine house, book ideas and imaginative activities, visit me over at Facebook. You can also sign up for my monthly newsletter, which is full of sunny goodness.

Linking with Essentially Jess.

 

  • So simple and so great for the kidlets! Thanks for such a clear tutorial x

  • LydiaCLee

    How cute!

  • So clever, Zanni – my daughter is always writing little stories – she will love this. xx

    • Yay! A budding author. Hope she enjoys it. xx

  • My miss 6 will love this!

  • Very clever and my daughter is always stapling paper together to make books, this is a way better idea! Lovely to see you at PB xx

    • You too Em! Always good to see your warm, smiling face! x

  • This is great Zanni! I’ll make sure I show Bella, she’s an avid book maker x

    • Hope she enjoys it! Also, did you hear Sunshine Sundays are starting back? This week’s theme is Father. I have loved your contributions in the past 🙂 x

      • I heard, and have the next 4 weeks in my draft folder! I need to get back into a blogging routine and Sunshine Sundays is my starting point x

        • Oh that is so cool. Yay! Well, see you there.

  • You always have such great ideas Zanni! I’m going to try this one out too when Hayley’s older.

    • Thanks Toni! You’ll have to make a catalogue of all the things you are going to do with her 🙂

  • The Plumbette

    This is so good for little minds that want to illustrate a story page by page! I’m loving these activities Zanni. keep them coming. X

    • Thanks Bec! And so lovely to meet you on the weekend. You are so warm and lovely xx

  • So cute! Will deffo try this with my big girl. Ps was so nice meeting you the other night!!!!

    • You too! Was really fun. Hope you enjoyed the event x

  • Very sweet. Will give this a go with the boys soon. They are always making books, but it usually involves an inordinate amount of staples.

  • Danielle Netherclift

    Gorgeous! I love your blog,with water colours made from flowers, and tiny books. Plus, I always think of Alstoneville when I read it. I used to live in East Ballina, and go to uni in Lismore,so we would pass through there each day,mand back again. Such a lovely part of the world.
    Dani @ Sand Has No Home x

    • It is a lovely part of the world Danielle. What did you do at SCU? I was there for a while doing a grad dip in psychology.

      • Danielle Netherclift

        I was studying literature,way back in the mid 1990’s. I lived there for 3 years.

  • TeganMC

    What a cute idea for craft! I loved making books when I was little.

  • oh that’s cute, my son is really into creating at the moment and would love this

  • Hugzilla

    This is so cool, I’m going to do this with my four year old! #Team IBOT

  • I am hopeless at this sort of thing, though I do remember being shown how to make a little book like this at a workshop on “Artists Books” that I went to a year or so ago.

    By the way, it was great to meet you at Problogger! xxx

    Visiting today from #teamIBOT xxx

  • Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me

    Very cute. We will definitely have to try this. I can see a father’s day book on the cards x

  • This is so cool and I already know it’s going to come in so handy!

  • Alicia-OneMotherHen

    That’s a neat little trick. Thanks for sharing it 🙂

  • That is just too cute!

  • That is so nifty!

css.php