As the weather cools (at least, I assume it’s getting cooler in places that aren’t Houston) and the kiddos get ready to go back to school, I thought a back to school series of miniature accessories would be fun!
To that end, here’s a tutorial on making a miniature composition book with real working pages! Use it to decorate desks or fill backpacks, or make a stack of them to toss around and make a miniature scene look especially studious. 🙂
This little book is so easy and takes less than an hour to assemble (drying time included).
What You’ll Need to Make a Miniature Composition Book:
- Patterned scrapbook paper – 2 pieces cut to the size you want your composition book (mine is 3/4″x1″)
- Plain white paper cut to size – enough sheets to fill out your book to the desired thickness
- Cardstock for binding – cut to 1/2″ wider than the thickness of your composition book
- Paper cut to size for your label (mine is 1/4″x1/2″)
- Glue – I used wood glue, a plain glue stick, and a crafter’s glue
- Permanent Marker
- Bone folder or butter knife
- Binder clip
How to Make a Miniature Composition Book:
- Stack the pages of your composition book, placing your patterned scrapbook paper on the top and bottom, right sides out. Dip the left edge of the book into a small amount of wood glue. Use your binder clip to hold in place (making sure to avoid the glue).
- Let sit for at least 30 minutes, then carefully remove the binder clip.
- Use your bone folder or butter knife to make crisp folds in the cardstock for the binding. (I used white cardstock and then colored it with a permanent marker because I liked the matte and slightly uneven texture it gave the binding.) Use the crafters glue to glue in place.
- Carefully outline the label of your composition book with your permanent marker, then use the glue stick to glue to the front cover.
- Et voila! For something so quick and easy, I think this little book adds so much character to any miniature scene. (If you’re curious, I found the pencil and ruler beads in the picture below in the sale aisle at Michaels a couple of months ago, and just carefully snipped off the jump rings.)