How-to project: Egg book

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: Egg book. Light

The symbolism of new life and bright days ahead come together in this How -To project: Egg Book. Hang in a window, or place in the centre of your dining table, surrounded by chocolate perhaps…

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: Egg book. You'll need

You’ll need:

Five pieces of thick paper (I’ve cut down a heavy sheet of watercolour into 15cm by 18cm pages or 6 inches by 7 inches)

Pencil

Scrap paper for a template

Scissors

Paint, ink, crayon or coloured pens (I’ve used Caran D’Ache Neocolor II Water-soluble wax pastels)

Glue stick

Thin ribbon (I’ve used a chartreuse cotton ribbon from Studio Carta)

Step by step:

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: Egg book. Cut egg shapes
  1. Fold your scrap paper in half vertically, and draw half an egg shape. Cut round it, then open out – this is your template. Transfer the symmetrical egg shape onto your five sheets. Carefully cut them out.
The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: Egg book. Write positive words

2. Write hopeful bright words across the middle of each egg.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: Egg book. Add colour

3. Add colour/pattern.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: Egg book. Fold in half vertically

4. Fold each egg vertically (so that the edges line up…)

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: Egg book. Glue the blank sides together

5. Cover each of the blank halves with a thin layer of glue, and join one to the next, and so on. This method of bookbinding is called ‘stiff leaving’, as each page, or ‘leaf’, is reinforced with a double thickness of paper.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: Egg book. Add a loop of ribbon

6. Before gluing the final sides together, cut a short length of ribbon.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: Egg book. Ribbon loop added

7. Glue the loop of ribbon to the top of your egg.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: Egg book. View from above

8. And then finally glue the last two sides together, to create a bookart egg with no front or back cover…as seen from above! N.B. This book is not designed to lie flat.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How to project: Egg book. Peace. Finished!

9. Here’s the finished egg book decoration. Please share how yours turn out by tagging @paperhazell on Instagram, @PaperHazell on Twitter and PaperHazell on Facebook.

Happy Spring Break!

8 thoughts on “How-to project: Egg book

  1. This is a great project. I have made similar ones.. starts etc for christmas. I forwarded this project to my niece who is 11 to make for easter, she is in vermont. they are there alone, the rest of family is here in ohio, and the others are in texas. WE havent seen them since 2019. This will give her something fun to do.. thank you so very much. I am also going to make some for my grandaughter.

    1. Dear Andrea, Great to hear you sharing egg book joy far and wide – have a good weekend! X

  2. This is so sweet! I’m so thankful Karen introduced us. I’ve been making little books like crazy and I love it. I posted them in SR. Today I hope to make some pockets with pants books 😆 and now an Easter Egg 🤩

    1. Oh Ann! Delighted to hear you’re in a book-making frenzy!And so grateful too to Karen Abend for Sketchbook Revival – what a blast!

  3. Dear Rachel.
    Your directions are wonderful. Looking forward to making an egg book so I can share with others. Enjoy this beautiful day.
    Me

  4. What a fun little book to make. Going to craft one for my husband to go along with his chocolate Easter bunny. So happy to have been introduced to you via Sketchbook Revival. Love your teaching style.

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