We made an online order of our favorite vegan shake mix and it came wrapped in copious amounts of brown paper.
Why do they do that?
I guess it definitely beats bubble wrap… still, I was left with a wad of brown paper to figure out what to do with.
I also have several boxes saved — one was this little bandaid box from yesteryear – time for an upcycle craft.
You can use any little box you have as long as it has a good spine.
Start by measuring the front panel of the box, length and width.
Trim your inner book pages to be the same height and double the width of the box (so you can fold them in half)
I did about 7 pages per signature (booklet)
I cut some magazine pages too, but I didn’t end up using them.
ext, open your box using the side seam, cut any flaps off so that you’re just left with a front cover, a back cover, and a spine.
Measure your front panel and cut 4 pieces of paper about 1/4 of an inch bigger than that measurement (this will be front, back, and inside panels)
Measure the spine and double it, cut two spines (inside and outside)
Crease your spines – I do this by holding the paper up to the box and folding the box over top of it to show me where the line is, and then creasing down with a bone folder. That crease is essential if you want your book to open and shut.
Now it’s time to cover the book. There are many ways to cover a book, this is the quickest, simplest way.
I use decoupage glue, any glue will work.
Start with your outside covers. Do not overlap the bend, put your paper just up to it.
Then, glue on your spine.
Trim off any excess (remember, we cut the panels a little bit big to allow for repositioning, mismeasuring, etc.
Repeat the steps for the inside of your book.
Now, tie all of your signatures together – I do this by using my bookbinding tool from we R memory keepers, but you could do this without punching anything at all, just with a needle and thread.
Double your thread and start from inside the signature, go through all of the pages, leaving a long tail inside.
Go into the next hole (or if you didn’t poke holes, just push through all of the pages a little way down in the book) double knot the two strings and cut off the needle. I like texture and strings so I leave my tails long and attached.
Finally, you’ll find a lot of people who punch holes in their spine and hold their signatures in the book through a complicated system and that’s not my jam.
Anything that complicates my creativity gets two thumbs down for me AND this isn’t some heirloom so there’s no need to invest three days into it (but if it’s your thing, go right ahead)
just cut elastic and tie it around my spine and then insert my signatures. 2 minutes and it’s done.