How-to: Make a January Tunnel Book

The Travelling Bookbinder: How-to: Make a January Tunnel Book: Hero image

When the first month of the year seems to last for ever, here are instructions for how to make a January tunnel book to get you through! A sweet and simple project that takes a very short time to make – and you only need a strip of paper and a needle!

The Travelling Bookbinder: How-to: Make a January Tunnel Book: You'll need

You’ll need:

  • A strip of thick soft paper. I’ve used Khadi handmade cotton rag paper
  • A needle (or something similar to make holes with)
  • Glassine envelope for presentation (optional)
The Travelling Bookbinder: How-to: Make a January Tunnel Book: Fold

Fold the strip in to four – a very simple concertina.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How-to: Make a January Tunnel Book: Mark 1st circle

On the first page, prick a small circle with the needle.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How-to: Make a January Tunnel Book: Perforate

Then prick holes in between the others, until the fibres separate and you can push the tiny shape out of the paper.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How-to: Make a January Tunnel Book: 2nd circle

Then move on to the second page. Lightly mark where the hole on the first page shows through to the second.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How-to: Make a January Tunnel Book: 2nd circle detail

And again prick more and more holes, so that the perforated circle can be removed.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How-to: Make a January Tunnel Book: 2nd circle done

I like keeping the leftover bits…

The Travelling Bookbinder: How-to: Make a January Tunnel Book: And number 3

Here’s the beginning of the third hole in the tunnel!

The Travelling Bookbinder: How-to: Make a January Tunnel Book: 3rd hole complete

THIRD hole perforated and removed.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How-to: Make a January Tunnel Book: Laast page

For the fourth and final page – a heart! Prick a few holes to form the shape, and then fill in along the lines.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How-to: Make a January Tunnel Book: Heart pricked

My heart is defined!

The Travelling Bookbinder: How-to: Make a January Tunnel Book: Last page done

Love at the end of the tunnel!

The Travelling Bookbinder: How-to: Make a January Tunnel Book: Finished sequence

A simple, satisfying, evocative sequence.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How-to: Make a January Tunnel Book: Love

Reads well against the light.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How-to: Make a January Tunnel Book: Close up

I love the depth and texture created by the uneven pricked edge and the cotton-rich paper.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How-to: Make a January Tunnel Book: In glassine envelope

Keep your January Tunnel Book in a glassine envelope to keep it safe, as a reminder that there IS a way through.

Inspired by the Rag & Pulp: Book Review, this project uses paper in its most elemental form.

Please share your creations on the socials, tagging The Travelling Bookbinder and #januarytunnelbook

Maybe this idea will become a Valentine or Galantine?!

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