How to Make a Mini-Book

How to Make a Mini Book - making a mini accordion book isn't that difficult. I'll show how to make one today @littlegirldesigns.com

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True story. When I was dating the guy who is now my husband, I took a leap of faith early in our relationship and gave him a mini-book I had made. You might think that could hardly be considered a leap of faith but honestly, for a creative person who still struggles at times in sharing her creations with people, it was a risk. He could have looked at me like I was a crazy person. He could have laughed and smooshed it into his pocket. It could have been an awkward end to our relationship.

But it wasn’t. He loved it.

I’m not saying a mini-book will open the doors for love in your life like it did for me, but it is sure to make someone’s day. I mean, how many people give and get mini-books these days? Not nearly enough.

The best thing about making mini-books is you most likely already have all of the supplies you need on hand. So, let’s get going and make one!

How To Make A Mini-Book Tutorial @littlegirldesigns.com

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How To Make A Mini-Book

You will need:

One piece of paper
Scissors
Pens, pencils, paint (as needed)
Scraps of paper, fabric, images from magazines, etc.
Glue stick

I drew out the instructions above because it is much easier to show you how to make one than to write out steps!

How to Make a Mini Book - making a mini accordion book isn't that difficult. I'll show how to make one today @littlegirldesigns.com

I usually make the mini-book first, then I go page by page and decorate them. Let your imagination go with this project. You can take two tiny pieces of card stock or even cardboard and glue them to the front and back pages to make a cover for your mini-book. Take out old magazines and cut out words, quotes, or bits of images to glue onto the pages. I like to draw images on another piece of paper, cut them out, and place them over images from magazines. You can write a tiny story, write encouraging thoughts or quotes on each page, or experiment with different colors and textures. Honestly, the sky is the limit. The only requirement is that you have fun!

We ended up making mini-books of photos from our wedding for our moms which was so fun. Making those allowed us some time to put together real photo books for them, and they had a little something to show their friends!

I’d love to know—have you ever made or received a mini-book?

Since you’re here, you might also be interested in how to make encouragement cards (includes a free printable),  how to get back into letter-writing with some fun prompts, and how to make write me back cards (it is such a fun gift idea!)

If you would like more craft project inspiration, click here to go to my Craft Projects page. I update it frequently with new ideas that are simple to make and easy on your budget.

Have a lovely {and creative} day!

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44 thoughts on “How to Make a Mini-Book

  1. help! i followed the directions but the mini-book did not turn out like
    an actual book – was it supposed to fold several times normally and
    then take a turn and go a different way…? no matter what i tried, it did
    not look like your finished diagram with one page following another in a
    straight line. love the idea, tho – and your example with the art and quote is
    just precious.
    (i ended up just cutting the strips up and taping them so it would be one straight
    accordian-style line of pages like your diagram)

    1. Oh no! I’m sorry about that. One of these days I need to make a little video to show how you fold on the corner because it folds into itself and feels a little backwards but works. I just made another one with that diagram and it worked but a video would help. (on the to-do list!) I’m glad you were able to salvage it. Have fun working on your mini book! :)

  2. What a totally cute idea! I will keep this in mind for my next anniversary which is in a few weeks. Since it is little my husband can tuck it away in his pocket and keep it with him or in his wallet.

  3. This is just a gorgeous little book! What a lovely idea – and there are so many possibilities! I can just see some lovely little quote books making their way to a few people I know!

    All the best,

    Eliza.

    1. Fun! They’ll love these. They are a big hit with my nieces. They like to illustrate them and write tiny stories. Very sweet. :)

  4. I make little books for my kids on a regular basis. My son calls them his “notebooks”. This looks fun, and gives you more pages than any of the books I’ve made so far. I’m going to give it a shot!

  5. This is such a cute idea. I think this would be a great project to do with my daughter, too! Thanks for sharing! Visiting from the Lou Lou Girls’ Fabulous Party! -Kate @The Organized Dream

    1. I think they would–my nieces love making these as much as I do. They like to write and illustrate miniature stories in them. :)

  6. Jennie – Thanks for sharing such a great idea! I had not heard of these before but my girls would fall in love with these. They already craft like crazy so they will be excited for something new. Love it!
    Would you consider sharing this post over on Simpy Inspired Wednesday’s at simplifiedlife.net? Would love to see you there to share these great ideas!
    Blessings,
    ~Victoria

    1. Thanks! I love making these for gifts. I made blank ones (and included supplies for decorating) for my nieces for Christmas and they loved making their own mini books! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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