DIY with Bookhou: Perfect Bound

perfectbound project - finished project 1
I wanted to do a project using some vintage wallpaper I had kicking around. If you like, this project is also good for recycling and reusing some other types of papers. This project is fun and fast and makes great gifts or for your own use.

perfectbound project - what you need

what you need:
-paper for the cover (I used wallpaper - you can experiment with different weights and thickness)
-small piece of craft paper (2.5 x 5 in.) for the spine
-recycled bond paper for the inside of the book (cut to 4 x 5 in.) approx 60 sheets
-cutting mat
-exacto knife
-two large clips
-two pieces of thin wood 1 x 6 in.
-white glue

step 1:
after your paper has been cut to size stack the papers together with the covers on the outside - place the two pieces of wood on the outside and place a clip on the top. It is important that the edge that you place glue on is very flat - any pieces of paper not on the edge will not get glued.

perfectbound project - step 1

step 2:
place another clip on the side and proceed to brush the glue on the edge of the book.
it's good to let it dry in between layers - I put on four layers. You can rotate the position of the clips.

perfectbound project - step 2

step 3
once the glue is dry (around 5-10 minutes) you can remove the clips and the wood and you can take the kraft paper and place it over the spine and position it where you want it to go - crease the edges to mark you spot.

perfectbound project - step 3

step 4
place glue on the inside of the folds of the kraft paper.

perfectbound project - step 4

step 5
place it on the spine starting from one edge of the paper - once the kraft paper is glued to the spine - rub the entire edge with your fingers.

perfectbound project - step 5

done - enjoy - make lots for yourself or as gifts.

By Arounna Khounnoraj of bookhou

Jan Halvarson


Bumpkin Hill said...

Thanks so much for this tutorial, what a great idea, it looks lovely. Catherine x

Brittan said...

This is a great tutorial! I love hand made books, I can't wait to have some time to make my own!!!

Monika - Twoja Asystentka said...

great tutorial, i will try to do something like that!

MagicMarkingsArt said...

I've been looking for a good bookbinding tutorial to try - this is my favorite and I look forward to making one. Thank you!!

The domestic novice said...

Great tutorial - thanks so much for sharing.

Linz said...

ok, hands down, this is the best DYI project i've seen in all the blogs i've read so far. thank you!!!

Unknown said...

Funny, I just did this yesterday!
This is actually the first project I'm going to do with my middle schoolers this year.

luluvillage said...

That's wonderful!- you made it look very easy and doable, thank you!

See Me Everywhere said...

GORGEOUS! I love making notebooks!! You can put in some awesome recycled paper or scrapbooking paper inbetween as well.


Sammy said...

Lovely, thank you so much for sharing.


Laia Jufresa said...

my i-ching and all the friend to whom I read it will really appreciate that I found your awesome tutorial, thank you!!

Bethany @ The Paper Pony said...

I am becoming obsessed with little notebooks! I LOVE the cute wallpaper you used! Great project!

SJ said...

Beautiful! Great way to use up old scraps of wallpaper i have lying around :) Check out my blog at for some other diy projects using recycled materials! Great idea, thanks! :)

noomiy said...

I'll make it for sure! :) Thanks for instruction... :)

Sarah said...

I've been working on perfecting my recycled paper, and now I know how to turn it into something awesome. Thanks so much^^


brittany said...

I have an obsession with handmade notebooks and journals. I'll definitely have to give this a try!

Peggy said...

Thanks for the great tutorial! I love paper, small notebooks, and always have bits of paper of laying about!!!

Craft-Pile said...

I HAVE to try this! Thank you!

angie said...

oh I am excited to have found your blog! going to try this soon!

Anonymous said...

so cute....great blog!!

abbie at play said...

wow it looks so great! and so easy!!! but without sewing or other, does it not fall apart?

Siar said...

Thanks very much for the detailed tutorials. I can't wait to create a book of my own!

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Melanie said...

Beautiful! I love your choice of print!