31 Days Of Decorating With (Re) Purpose- Tutorial Mini Box Book


My friend Ebbie taught me about making mini “books” out of AOL boxes. Remember they used to come in the mail all the time with discs? See if you can’t rustle one up. I think any small box would do…

I had a few pictures of my Mom and her parents in the early 1950’s. This was simple to make and achieves a personal touch to decorate your home. It uses up “stuff”, showcases a single memory and   is pretty near to a perfect project.

This is a beginner level piece–

1. Lightly sand, then paint the edges of the box 2. Cover the edges, front, and back with scrapbook paper. I used Modge Podge and it worked great, make sure to smooth out the bubbles as you work with a flat object. A brayer or old gift card will work   3. Repeat with the insides


***Easier Than It Looks Alert—-I wanted to make a single pop out page. I folded a small rectangular sheet of cardstock, and glued one end to the inside of the box. Look closely at the folds, there are two about 1/4″ apart to allow for the page to lift up and not lie flat.  Then I glued paper and pictures on the inside bottom of the box, to cover the fold.

I finished with a small paper flap glued to the edge of the pop up page to form a tab for easy lifting.

I enjoy making these mini books, a basket of them placed in your home makes fun and intimate conversation starters.


About christasterken

Committed to a life of purpose. Learning to live abundantly. Embracing creativity. Questioning. Delighting in the comforts of home and family. Determining not to settle only for how things are, but how they could be. Writing is part of who I am, so I trust In God who gave the gift to show me how I can serve Him through it. That is my life…one word at a time. Psalm 89:11a“Teach me your way , O Lord, and I will walk in your truth”

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