Making tiny books for creative play PLUS Axel Scheffler original for £2

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The girls wanted some books for their Sylvanian families to play with so I recently made these:



Each is about 2cm tall. I used the thin strip-like post-it note pads (like these) to create the pages, adding a little extra PVA glue at the binding edge. Book covers were made out of origami paper.


This got me thinking about mini books, and soon I discovered this mini bookcase for a dollshouse, and this detailed tutorial for making tiny books to go in your bookcase.

But then I saw this: An entire toy library to play with! I don’t know about you, but I definitely want one 🙂

Melanie at Library Mice made these fab books from cereal boxes and printed the book covers from the web:


And whilst I’m talking about mini-books, a popular activity at the school sessions I run is making a pocket library, using matchboxes and book cover images cut from publishers’ catalogues.

A pocket library being read by some playmobil!
A pocket library being read by some playmobil!

You can find full details in this old post of mine.

For even more ideas you could check out my Mini Books pinterest board.

And before leaving all things tiny, what about taking home an original Axel Scheffler illustration for a teeny-tiny price? For just £2 you could own the original of this fabulous illustration:


All you need to do is buy an online raffle ticket (for £2) in aid of the charity Farms for City Children and you’ll be entered into the lucky draw.

You can find out more about the raffle here (please note it is only open to UK and Eire residents), and buy your raffle tickets here! You’ve got until June 3 to buy your ticket (I’ve already bought mine) 🙂

10 Responses

  1. Zoe

    Thanks Barbara, that’s kind of you to say. I do like making stuff, but mostly my ideas are way beyond my abilities!!

    • Zoe

      That sounds lovely Catherine – you could make mini versions of her favourite books!

  2. Zoe

    Hi Catherine, Thanks – make yourself a set! Who says they need to be for Baby 😉

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