Making your own book at home couldn’t be easier when you use a DIY Hot Glue Book Binding. I try this technique today in my video and I am impressed with how easily (and quickly!) this book comes together!
All of my tutorials are pretty easy and simple to follow. My most popular YouTube video is my first handmade book and I love that book idea still! I’ve tried bookbinding methods like staple binding, book binding with string and even binding a book with glue! Recycled Cereal Box Notebook, Envelope Book,I still have tons of ideas that I want to try so make sure you come back and check them out!
Today I am making and sharing a really fun DIY Hot Glue Book Binding tutorial. I am calling it “My Happy project”- to write down one thing that made me happy each day. And of course, me being me decided to make a book of it!
BOOK BINDING YOUTUBE VIDEO:
This was an experiment, I was honestly curious if Book Making with Hot glue was even possible. The process is SO simple you simply must give it a try!
- Adtech Mini Lo Low Temp Hot Glue Gun Combo Pack
- Recollections Cardstock Paper, Brights 8.5″ X 11″
- Recollections Cardstock Paper, 8 1/2″ X 11″ Purple Passion
- Recollections Cardstock Paper, 8 1/2 X 11 Pink Buttons
- Recollections Cardstock Paper, 8 1/2″ X 11″ in Feathered Greens
- Recollections Cardstock Paper, 8 1/2″ X 11″ Cape Cod Blues
- Tonic Studio’s Usa Inc Advantage V-Blade Paper Trimmer
- Clippings Stickers by Tim Holtz Idea-ology
- Paper Sander Block
- That typewriter embellishment/sticker
STEP BY STEP BOOK BINDING TUTORIAL:
I chose to make the inside pages of this book all colorful and rainbow like. But you could make this book in any color of your choice! I would recommend that you use cardstock for the pages – the ones I use are of a 65lb quality here. You want to trim all of your pages to the same size and then fold them in half each. Keeping your pages all the same size is very important while Book Binding.
Hold all the pages together with a few strong binder clips and then go to town with the hot glue! Slowly and carefully apply an even amount of hot glue all along the book spine. The slower you apply the glue the better. And make sure to keep your fingers safe and don’t burn them!
The final result is a joyful little book. The DIY Hot Glue Book Binding comes together so quickly and that makes this a super satisfying book to make. I had so much fun making this book and then decorating the cover.
I think the idea of writing down something you are thankful for each day is a great practice. I have done this before, but usually just for the month of November and it always brought so much positivity into my life.
This project is a great way to focus on the small things in life that make us happy but we take for granted. And you need not go and make a book of it- you can write down a thought on a piece of paper each day and fill a jar, or you could write it down on your phone or jot down something in your planner each day. Make this project yours and enjoy it!
This book has already proved to be such a success in my house! It started out as a book where I wrote down something from each day that made me happy. But quickly, within a few days, this became a family project.
Now every day, before bedtime, one of us – My husband, my daughters or I write about what made him/her happy that day. And I cannot tell you how happy that makes my heart.
I love making handmade books and the best part is that they always turn out super cute! Sometimes just personalizing a book cover can also make it special. And always remember, a handmade journal makes a great gift!
Let me know if you have any questions about this DIY Hot Glue Book Binding and we can chat more in the comments!
Hi I’m Smitha! I live in Minnesota with my husband and two daughters. You’ll always find me painting florals in my sketchbook. And I love the sheer joy of making something with just my hands! But my bigger love is capturing it all on camera Read more.
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