Handmade Books

I love handmade books especially those that are a bit different in their construction where the book itself is a work of art as well as having interesting content. Last June I went on a holiday to the Island of Santorini and was fascinated by the small bookshop in OER. I regretted not buying some very small books made like matchbooks housed in a handmade matchbox. so once I got home I ordered some from HERE.

Small books from Santorini
Small books made to look like matchbooks.

Another picture of the matchbooks
Another picture of the matchbooks

This inspired me to try out some different ways of hand makingĀ  books. I tried out a very small match box to house my story of ‘Boris the Spider’. This was made by folding and cutting an A5 piece of paper. I also constructed some concertina books stuck inside a large matchbox. The stories inside these boxes were written by children.

Books housed in matchboxes

Books housed in matchboxes
Showing the inside of Sam the Lion.
Showing the inside of Sam the Lion.
Showing the inide of The Talking Sheep
Showing the inside of The Talking Sheep

Moving on from matchboxes I have experimented with different methods of construction using up pieces of wrapping paper and off cuts of cardboard.

Three books made from card and scraps of paper.

Open books to show how they are constructed
Open books to show how they are constructed

I have used these as story books or special occasion cards with photos inserted.

As well as experimenting with constructing handmadeĀ  books I have covered bought books with fabric and embroidery to make them become a one off special gift.

Three fabric covered books.
Three fabric covered books.

Instructions for making the cover for the one covered in denim from some worn out jeans can be found here Angel Eden Blog .

Book cover made from old jeans.
Book cover made from old jeans.

With the children’s stories we have used different formats to display they’re work.

A selection of children's handmade books.
A selection of children’s handmade books.

Producing books in this way does make story writing a more interesting occupation.

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