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100 Days of Play: Making Mini Books With Kids

Mini Circle Book Project to MAke with Your Kids • Artchoo.com

Mini Circle Book Project to Make with Your Kids 

Books are such fun art projects for kids. Making them is a project in itself, and then filling them up is a whole different adventure. My Sketchbook Cover Ideas post was one of my most popular so far, so it’s apparent many of you like book projects for kids, too!

This one is celebrating Spring with some bright colors and playful dots. I love dots. A lot.

Materials:

  • Watercolor paper
  • Acrylic paints
  • Office stickers
  • Printer paper or drawing paper
  • Hole punch (single)
  • Embroidery thread
  • Beads

Here’s what you do:

Grab a piece of watercolor paper and stick office dot stickers all over it.

Using acrylic paints, (you can use watercolors instead; the acrylics are just nice and bright) paint half of the paper one color and half another. We used green and yellow because they are Springariffic.

Making Mini Circle Books with Kids • Artchoo.com

Peel the dots off and trace a bowl or something round on the back of the paper on each color.

Cut out the circles, and these are your covers for your book.

Tracing a bowl • Artchoo.com

Use the same bowl to cut out a small stack of printer paper. Holding the stack in between the two covers, use a hole punch to press into the edge of the stack. Unless you are super strong, you probably won’t punch through, but the indentations left in the paper will show you where to punch through a few pieces at a time.

Tie your embroidery thread through the hole, looping it through twice. Double knot.

Fastening the mini cirlce book • Artchoo.com

Tie your beads on and snip off the leftover thread.

We used a metal ruler to hold on top of each cover to bend it back. This creases it somewhat and makes the book easier to open.

Creasing to make a book cover easier to open • Artchoo.com

Boom! Sketch or write to your heart’s content

tiny circle book • Artchoo.com

For more inspiration, check out all of these amazing acrylic painting techniques and inspiration.

What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.

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  1. What a really cool idea; you are so creative! Now why didn’t I think of that?! By the way, thanks for stoppin’ by my site and leaving a comment on my Boston post. I would have replied but you are marked as no-reply :o( As for the Borders Cafe, I’m actually not too sure if it’s still there! But I do agree about MIT and Harvard Campuses (they are gorgeous). I used to be at the MIT campus a lot when my mom worked for them. I would go in a lot and help her. Her boss was a sweetie pie! It was just a beautiful part of town!

  2. What a fun and simple little book! My kids love little things like this. Thanks for a fun idea, and a great activity to share for our 100 Days of Play! Thanks for being a part of our fun. I’ve got you scheduled to post over at SunScholars soon, and I’ve shared you everywhere I am 🙂

  3. Fun! My kids love notebooks. I love the polkadots. Also it would be interesting to see what they draw on the round pages!

  4. How did you know I’ve been thinking about a book making craft but had no idea how to do it? This looks so perfect for the summer! I love the 100 Ideas of Play series too!

  5. I love this, it’s adorable. It reminds me of the time I used to make mini books when I was a kid. Sticker books, actually. My sister and I would wax the inside of the card paper we used. I have no idea how we learned to do that. 🙂

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