Staple Binding: How to Make a Book at Home

Hello friends! Today I’ll show you How to make a book at home with a step by step video tutorial that uses Staple Binding. So pull out some paper and get ready to craft!

I’ve shared an easy Glue Book Binding method before, but today’s Staple Binding is quicker as you need no glue or needle! I use a regular stapler to quickly bind these books. So let me show you how to bind a book with staples!

Make sure to also explore How to Make a Zine, How To Make A Sketchbook Out Of An Old Book, Book Making with String,

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Staple Binding Supplies:

Below, I have tried to list all of the craft supplies I pulled out to create this project. Affiliate links have been used. Which means that if you make a purchase I might earn a small commission. This money helps run and maintain this blog, thank you!

To make a book you’ll need:  A glass cutting mat, some sheets of paper, a stapler, a dish towel, a bone folder, a retractable or exact knife, a ruler and a sheet of cardstock.

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how to bind a book with staples:

To make these books today I used regular printer paper and a stapler that I have owned for year! I have seen a long reach stapler that is used for book making, but with my technique you don’t really need that.

So how to you staple a booklet with a normal stapler you ask?

The key to Staple Binding is that you make sure you use a glass mat underneath the papers. Then place something soft with a slight give- like a folded dish towel and press down firmly. This will always give great results!

You do not need to pierce holes or anything here- simple add staples in a straight line and be done.

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To trim the book edge, I use a ruler and an utility knife. I’d never tried this method before and boy was I amazed at how neat the result is! I am addicted to this technique now- so easy and so satisfying! Again, see it in action in the video here.

How to Trim a Smooth Book Edge

The final books measure about 4.25 by 5.5 inches in size, they are called an A6 sized book. This size is a cute size for a journal or notebook and perfect to carry around in your purse.


In my blog post last week, I showed 6 Simple and Easy ways to decorate a Notebook – these are quick ideas that I am sure you will enjoy! Some only need a pen!

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Staple Binding is one of the best ways to make a bunch of books quickly. There is no time wasted piercing the papers or waiting for glue to dry! You simply cut the papers, staple, trim and be done. If you need to make a bunch of books or booklets for a presentation or as gifts this is a technique that will not fail you.

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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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