Monday, January 20, 2014

How To Make 18 Inch Doll Books {Delightfully Creative}

A few days ago, I posted the Harry Potter Miniatures I made for my niece's American Girl doll. Want to know how to make the books? It's easy and inexpensive-you can use recycled materials. This won't give you a professional quality bound book, but it will be great for a plastic doll!

What You Need:
  • Paper cut to size (The book will be 2-3 inches long and 1-2 inches wide-I did varying heights. So, you will want to cut the pages as double pages you can fold in the middle and make signatures with-so each cut should measure approximately 4-6 inches by 1-2 inches).
  • Cardboard (I recycled a diet coke box)
  • Material for cover-fabric scraps, paper, or leather
  • Scissors
  • Craft Glue
 How To Make the Cover

 1. Cut a piece of cardboard slightly larger than your inside papers. Then, cut whichever material you are using slightly larger than the cardboard (I used fabric in these photos). Cut the cardboard into two equal halves and glue on the wrong side of the fabric, leaving space around the cardboard. There should be a gap in the middle where there is no cardboard.

2. Fold the fabric over the ends of the cardboard and glue down. Allow it to dry.

3. If you are using a printed out cover too, like I did, flip the cover over so the right side of the fabric is up. Glue the cover on to the middle of the fabric.

4. Allow glue to dry and then fold the cover over in the middle (should be easy because there should be a gap of no cardboard).

How To Bind:

1. Fold the paper into signatures (sets for binding). To make thicker signatures, you can make a strip of paper and fold it accordion style.

2. Glue the signatures together by place a thin layer of glue on each crease. 

3.Glue each signature in the middle, layering them on top of each other.

4. Allow to dry for at least 30 minutes-you will then have the pages for your book.

5-6. Place glue on the back binding of your signatures and glue it to the cover in the gap.

7-8. Allow glue to dry and you have a book for your doll!

Delightfully Creating,

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