Posted: 09 Oct 2012 07:34 AM PDT
Today I want to share a tutorial for a Mini
Craft Foam Accordion Book that makes a great craft for
a group, or, made up ahead of time, they are perfect for
small gifts, party favors and stocking stuffers. They can
be customized to any theme and can be used as
books, journals, or mini photo albums.
The mini books are made using materials from the
Spangles Foamies Party Platter, part of the Creatology
line by Darice at Michael's. On the platter there are a
variety of pre-cut foam shapes that are plain or glittered
and in the center you'll find mini pom poms, sticky back
gems, and sequins. There are also foam stickers in
assorted colors that make decorating really easy.
For older kids, just set out the Foamies Party Platter,
glue, scissors and paper and they will be able to do
everything themselves. For younger kids you may want
to make the books up ahead of time and then let them
have fun decorating the covers.
Craft Foam Accordion Books
Spangles Foamies Party Platter
copy paper or cardstock
white glue or glue dots
1. My books have six panels but you can do more or less,
whatever suits you. I had to cut two different strips, one
that was 2" x 8" and one that was 2" x 6". Then glue
stick them together, overlapping one panel, to get
one six panel strip. Fold the strip accordion
(concertina) style every two inches.
To make it easier, I created a simple graph in a
word processing program :)
2. Put glue or glue dots onto the front panel of
your accordion strip, center over the front
cover and press down.
3. Put glue or glue dots on the back panel of your
accordion strip and glue down the back cover so that
it lines up with the front cover; press with a heavy
book until dry if using white glue.
4. Now decorate your cover however you like!
Use the pre-cut shapes and adhesive back stickers
or you can cut your own shapes - very easy with
regular scissors. Glue dots work the best for this
but you can use white glue too.
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