Make A Mini Art Museum Book

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How to make a mini art museum book •

Summer art camp for Fen has come and gone this year, and one of my favorite things she made was a sort of side project for the kids to work on if they were finished with their main projects. They would make little blank books and fill them with artworks cut from art magazines.

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Fen loved doing this and showed me how to make one. We even took a special trip to the bookstore to buy a copy of Art In America, just to cut up.

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Here’s how you make a mini art museum book from a single piece of paper.

1. Take a piece of paper and fold it the short way.



2. Fold it again in the same direction, taking care to crease your folds.



3. Fold the two short ends in to meet each other.



4. Open the paper up and cut it in from the folded edge, along the middle crease, to the middle.



5. Pinch it open as shown…




…and fold it together to form the book pages. I know this makes no sense, so I made a video! Of course, I watch it and all I notice are my veiny hands and man-voice, but I think it shows pretty well how to make the book.




  1. 07/08/2013 / 10:07 am

    I would just slap a couple of pieces of paper together and staple the seam, but your way is magical.

  2. 07/08/2013 / 5:55 pm

    Thanks for the video. I needed it. The middle part is tricky!

    • 07/09/2013 / 3:37 pm

      It is tricky. Sometimes you just need visuals, especially when it comes to manipulating paper in weird ways…

  3. 07/15/2013 / 9:14 am

    Thank you (AGAIN) for helping to fill our summer with fun things to do!!!! And special thanks for the video…. I needed that!

  4. 07/15/2013 / 10:29 am

    I like these folded books for printables too because it’s easy one sided printing. I love the idea of marking an art scrapbook! How cool for kids to be aware of current artists!

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