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

Posted on | May 1, 2013 | 10 Comments

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) :-)

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10 Responses to “Making tiny books for creative play PLUS Axel Scheffler original for £2”

  1. Barbara Mojica
    May 1st, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

    These books are absolutely gorgeous! You are so talented.

  2. Zoe
    May 1st, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

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

  3. Stephanie
    May 1st, 2013 @ 6:47 pm

    Those are adorable!

  4. Zoe
    May 1st, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

    Thanks Stephanie :-)

  5. Angela Mitchell
    May 2nd, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    Lovely. Absolutely lovely!

  6. Catherine
    May 2nd, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

    Thanks Zoe – another awesome idea :) You’ve got me inspired to make little books for the dolls house my daughter is getting for her birthday.
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  7. Zoe
    May 2nd, 2013 @ 3:38 pm

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

  8. Catherine Prescott
    May 3rd, 2013 @ 10:43 pm

    Oh, these are just delightful! Baby would destroy them instantly, but in a few years’ time…
    Catherine Prescott recently posted..How much pampering do new mums deserve?

  9. Zoe
    May 4th, 2013 @ 7:11 am

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

  10. Catherine Prescott
    May 8th, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

    You know, I think I will! So cute…
    Catherine Prescott recently posted..A sweet surprise

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