๐Ÿ–Œ DIY Miniature Books ๐Ÿ“š

Hi! It’s Heather from Thicketworks and
today I’m going to share with you my process for making do-it-yourself
miniature books! These little beauties are fully functional and have marbled
endpapers. I’ve prepared a set of free downloadable printables so that if you
want to replicate this project you can do so easily. The mini book covers should
be printed on cardstock, but the mini book endpapers should be printed on
regular printer paper. Print one copy of the book covers and two of the mini book
endpapers. In addition you’ll want to print scads of the mini book pages on
regular printer paper. I recommend at least 10 copies. You can print this
project with either a laser or an inkjet printer – either way I recommend that you
coat the mini book covers with a good-quality clear spray sealer before
cutting them out. Once the spray sealer has dried it’s time to begin cutting.
Each row holds three book covers; so you’ll be cutting vertically and
horizontally in order to separate each of those rows into the three covers. In
total you can create 18 mini books from this one printable! Next, we need to cut
out the tiny marbled endpapers to complement the covers. Each tiny book
requires two matched endpapers, so once you’ve cut all these beauties set them
aside we’ll be coming back to work with those a little later. Now, of course, you
don’t have to have a paper trimmer in order to successfully complete creating
your mini books – but because we’re doing so many intricate precision cuts, I
really love using my paper trimmer for this. Especially since I can load up like
five sheets at a time and cut them in bulk – it’s a huge time-saver! You’ll want
to cut a lot of these mini pages for your books. This stack of book pages
represents 15 sheets individually printed and cut out, and that’s just
about enough to complete 10 books. Set the book pages aside for now – we’ll be returning to create text blocks from them in just a few minutes. For now, let’s
continue preparing our book covers. I’m using a straight edge and a ballpoint
stylus to help create creases on either side of the spine. Now, as you bend these
you’re going to see that the toner or the ink from your inkjet printer may
begin to crack and allow some of the white cardstock to show through – that’s
not a problem, and we’ll take care of it a little later on in the process. To give
the spines slightly more dimension you may want to roll them against a bamboo
skewer – that helps create that characteristic rounded shape. At this
stage I like to add some rubber stamping using metallic embossing powders. You can totally do this later on in the process as well, but frankly it’s a lot easier if
you do your embossing before we add the text blocks and endpapers. Heat embossing is such a fun way to add interest and diversity to these little book covers.
Next, let’s focus on creating the text blocks. Gather a group of mini book pages and test them to see if they will fill the spine of your chosen book – and then
place a single page facedown on the top of your text block. Hold the pages
together with a binder clip and apply a good-quality PVA along the spine. Set it aside to dry thoroughly. While the text blocks are
curing you can touch up those areas that reveal white cardstock with a simple
brown acrylic craft paint. I find that a single shade of brown works well with
all of these book covers – there’s no need to use more than one tint. Next, it’s time to adhere the endpapers to the book covers. Apply PVA glue along either the front or
the back cover and then align one of the endpapers against that glue. Press it in
place and then fold it back so that the fold matches the crease at the edge of
the spine. Fit the text block into place and then apply PVA glue to the upper
most page. Press everything together and now you’ve glued one half of your text
block to one of your endpapers. Repeat the same process on the other cover.
Congratulations – you’ve just created a “perfect bound” mini book! Very cool. Once
the adhesive has had a chance to set up for a few minutes, take a pair of very
sharp micro tipped scissors and trim away the excess endpapers along the
outer or fore edge of each page and also along the top and the bottom of each
page. This trimming can be a little tedious, but it goes relatively quickly…
and with a sharp pair of micro tip snips like this it’s actually really fast and
very easy to do. That’s fundamentally all there is to this method: you’ve created a
“perfect bound” text block and you’ve enclosed it within marbled endpapers
and it’s all surrounded by your custom mini book covers – so cute! To help these
tiny volumes retain their shape and to open and close properly it’s a good idea
to place a nice solid weight on top and allow them to cure overnight.
Once your miniature books have cured overnight you can consider what other
decorative treatments you’d like to give to the covers. I’m going to be adding
some simple embossing with clear embossing powder to give a more
dimensional feel to this little mini book cover. I’m using a very finely
granulated clear embossing powder rather than something thick and heavy like
Ultra Thick Embossing Powder to maintain the delicate scale of this project. I
just love that subtle effect: so pretty! You can use the same type of embossing
powder to create a sort of faux leather texture on your book covers as well.
Apply a single layer of the embossing powder and heat it up and you’ll be left
with a nice nubby leather like texture – very cool. I love the look of gilded
spine ridges on antique volumes, so I’m going to create a faux version using a
rubber stamp that has a simple line pattern and gold embossing powder.
This simulates those little raised gilded ridges and adds just one more
touch of authenticity and vintage charm to these little volumes. Embellishing the
covers is so much fun…and it’s super easy to add a “gilded” edge with just a
touch of gold embossing powder. Next I’m reaching for some Dresden Trim…now, by
trimming down these intricate designs you can isolate perfectly scaled
embellishments for the corners of your books if you so desire. Dresden is so
easy to work with. I love that you can isolate components and let your
imagination go wild! There are so many ways to use Dresden trim – not just with
mini books, but in all types of mixed media work. This tiny strip of metallic
Dresden is exactly the final touch this volume needed. Once it’s dry,
I’ll just clip that back to size. Now, the Dresden is beautiful – but it’s really too
shiny to be in keeping with these aged and vintage volumes. A quick layer of
brown craft paint just added and then quickly wiped back with a fingertip
helps everything harmonize. I had some of these incredibly delicate brass
stampings left over from a previous project, and they work perfectly on the
front of this volume just embedded in some PVA glue. To intensify the depth of
color and to seal and protect the front and spine and back of each of these
little volumes, I’m adding a layer of Triple Thick Gloss Glaze and allowing
that to cure. There are so many ways to make miniature books! This is just one among literally hundreds, but it’s one that I adore. The
combination of the “perfect binding”, the marbled endpapers and the personalized
covers results in tiny volumes that have the look and feel of well-loved vintage
books! Perfect for stocking a lilliputian library! I hope that you found some of
these techniques and ideas useful or at least interesting. Thank you so much for
hanging out with me today! Until next time…Bye!

100 thoughts on “๐Ÿ–Œ DIY Miniature Books ๐Ÿ“š

  1. My, my…now I need mini books in my life! Iโ€™m an avid papercrafter and have everything required to make these ridiculously cute little books. So generous of you to provide the printouts, thanks!

  2. It appears there is no end to your imagination and creativity!! These tiny books are spectacular! And thank you for your generosity in sharing the print outs! I just got a printer, to replace the one in storage so Iโ€™m gonna print these out and give it a try. You inspire me so very much, Iโ€™ve learned so much from you. You gave me some great advice not long ago abt using what I have to come up with less expensive options for making the stuff I love. Iโ€™ve been doing just that so thank you very much for sharing your wisdom with me. You are a delight to watch…and your explanations answer any questions before they can even be asked! Thank you for sharing your skill & talent with us. It is very much appreciated! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿค—

  3. So deliciously cute ! At least, I can make an art journal that I can finish ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank for the tip on the sealant, have to find some.

  4. AWESOME!!!!ย  I LOVE books, they were my first love, from the time that I was old enough to read. I remember making trips to the library and checking out as many as they would let meย check out at one time. Taking them home and reading them and going back for more…ย  These days, Amazon, delivers them to my house…ย  I have so many books, I'm running out of space, but, I'm pretty sure, I'll be able to find space for a few of these little beauties..ย  and besides.. I know, there is at least one spooky story hiding amongst the pages… ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Hi Heather, thank you so much for this DIV. I love this mini Books . Thanks for the printables. I will try this.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  6. omg you totally melted my heart with this!! A. I love making books and junk journals and B. miniatures are my fave!! Ive done a few here and there, am so excited to use your digitals to make these here!! omg!! soooo pretty!!!! tfs xoxo ana

  7. Wow!!!! Heather is fantastic work, I love it thank you very much for sharing ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ˜Š

  8. Heather, you blow my mind! You have extraordinary talent and creativity. Your work is far beyond anything else I've seen. Thank you for sharing and thank you so much for the free downloadable printables. You rock!

  9. Wow~~!! It really looks real. I think you are a real artist! It is really great. I want to follow your idea and skill for my channel. I had to press like!! Subscribed! See you again.

  10. OMG Super adorable!!! Totally going to have to print these up and try and make them lol! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  11. Ok, Iโ€™m going to have to mimic the one you did in red๐Ÿ˜ You are beyond amazing my friend!!! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป Oh, and I could listen to your voice for hours๐Ÿ˜˜

  12. Love them all. Have you thought about using them as Christmas tree ornaments? that would be cool on a Victorian type tree ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I absolutely love these mini books Heather!! You never cease to inspire me! I've beeb wanting to make a journal but maybe ill start here 1st once I get my lide back on track!!! Love you sweetie hope your having a blessed week! Xoxo๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’“โค๐Ÿค โ›Ÿ๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ’จ

  14. I love this Heather…I was just looking at making some miniature books for my friends as little gifts and wow did you come through! You are always coming up with rocking projects. I too could listen to your voice all day long, because you are
    so calm and you make me calm too…so thank you for an awesome tutorial and the gifts of your creative mind!! Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh and yes, I just love all that teensy tiny print..I just love it all!

  15. Amazing! These are so clever and perfectly mimic the kind of book I cherish. Your video is perfectly paced, contains all the details and none of the wasting time chatting that so many you tubers include. It is a pleasure to both watch you create and listen to your fluid voice convince me I can do this, too. And, from past experience with your tutorials, I can. You lay it out for anyone to be able to succeed. Thank you for adding so much creative inspiration to my life.

  16. Just amazing again! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and talent with all of us out here โค๏ธ

  17. So absolutely gorgeous and adorable! You outdo yourself with each new video. Thank you so much for the free printables…off to start my mini library.

  18. Your attention to detail is outstanding and your minis are stunning. I love micro books! Thanks for the downloads – so much appreciated.

  19. Yes, yes, yes, yes! I love all things miniature and also books. Going to make lots of these. Thank you for sharing your talents.

  20. I spent a few hours on the weekend making these! They turned out great. Thank you for the downloads. http://bleulune.typepad.com/my_weblog/2018/08/a-little-book-review.html

  21. Thanks so much Heather these are just adorable. You never fail to impress me with your work. Thank you for sharing with us

  22. These books are so beautiful Heather, your talent, your patience and I love the mystery in your voice! TFS! ๐Ÿ’œโค๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š

  23. Absolutely incredible! I am a new subbed. Love for you to come by and check out my style.
    Love the video. referred by Itty Bitty Angie ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. It's my lucky day… I stumbled across YOU!!!
    Saw the mini books and had to stop my life right then and get them… I feel like a kid in a candy store and can't wait to see what else I have been missing in my life…

  25. This is just so great I've been looking for instructions for so long and finally found the perfect tutorial they look amazing can't wait to try it myself

  26. I'm going to be doing some serious video & blog stalking this weekend – all this stuff is right up my alley. As soon as I saw that little skeleton guy, I thought about using my embossing pen on him & heat embossing him all shiny & also heat embossing some of the gold details on the other books. Quite literally seconds later, there you are, heat embossing the details on your books. ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. No tengo palabras para estos maravillosos mini libros, fantรกstico trabajo… ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  28. Oh my… love these vintage books! They are gorgeous and I canโ€™t wait to use these techniques!!! Thank you so much for more inspiration!!!

  29. soooo cute! I'm loving it!
    OK, quick supply question: the sealing spray you talk about at the beginning, to protect the covers, would hair spray works or does it have to be a special sealing spray (because hair spray wouldn't be strog enough ou last long enough?) and do you apply it because adding all the embelishments? (otherwise, if you're going to add some varnish at the end to add dimension, I'm guessing you don't need to seal spray them?)
    How would you go about making pendants/necklaces out of them? would punching the spine and adding a jump ring enough? (I'm afraid the book would be too heavy…)
    Heat emboshing looks fun but I really don't want to spend money on an another tool, I have too many already, most I've used once (if ever… v.v) Would a hairdryer works, does it heat enough to emboss the powder?
    I'm in love with the blue marble paper and the lowell's poem cover, so pretty!!

  30. Wow synchronicity I can't believe this. There's another artist working on miniature books for a few of my dolls. And I had a dream last week of one of my dolls holding a super cool miniature book and then you did this video what a trip ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you so much these are gorgeous๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

  31. I some how stumbled upon your channel and now I can't stop. Also you should make something and send it to graveyardgirl she loves this kind of stuff she would love these mini books

  32. Hi Heather, I am so glad I ran across you on Pinterest. I've been wanting to make these forever, and your tutorial is fantastic.Thank you so much.
    Terri Thompson
    Treasured Notes

  33. Oh my, i near peeing my pants, i just copied you and made my first miniature book, Hubby well impressed, I love your work Heather..Thank you for all your tutorials, you such a soothing voice and no annoying music or gimmicks to your vids, love all you do and will be learning more from you xx thanks hun xx

  34. Those are absolutely exquisite !!! I just made a wee book-case, so now I need to fill it with some books…and these are perfect. They are exactly the style I'm looking for.
    Thank-you so much for sharing your skills and ideas.

  35. Wow! That was amazing! I especially love the way you explain everything so clear, smooth, precise with the perfect tempo. I canโ€™t wait to make these little beauties and check out the rest of your channel:) You have a new subscriber!

  36. Hi ! i am your new subscriber. i am keen on your hand works, so lovely! by the way, pls look at my channel. my channel is about diy dollhouses. really love this video ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. O_O oh my god, stop with this madness! ๐Ÿ™‚ so cute, so nice, lovely, magical! It was your channel that I was looking for all this time, I finally found you! ๐Ÿ˜€

  38. I have followed your videos for a long time and have seen them all. At first, I was not brave enough to leave comments, but Google's new translator is very helpful. I love these little books and wanted to thank you for making the templates downloadable. โค๐Ÿ‘ LG vom Tinchen

  39. so so pretty!!! Most beautiful miniature books I've seen. Great for dollhouse books as well, just need to reduce them a bit before I print them. Thank you!

  40. i just adore these. I cant wait to make some. Thank you so much for your generosity. I will cherish them.

  41. hello, love your work. In the video you say you have a free printable for this project but I cannot find a link.

  42. Can you show us how to make a real book into a pocket sized book? Like using a pdf of a novel we like and printing it out double sided then putting it together like an actual novel

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  44. Curious about that Dresden trim I clicked the link. Currently unavailable it said. What it will be like in the future don't know. But you got me curious enough to look as I like to use trim on my art.

  45. Well these are out of this world cool ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for making the templates available, and for all the great techniques!

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