I've been hardbinding books, but I thought an easy paperback would be fun. Lucky for me, I found this excellent site that shows a really, really easy method. No sewing or anything. <3 I am so happy with this!
Five minutes to do, not counting drying time. Did I mention easy?
Pick a desired size for the book. I like 5.5 by 4.25, or a quarter of a standard 8.5 x 11 piece.
I cut regular copy paper in half, and then folded each piece until I had a stack about the size I wanted.
I just got a bone folder. Excellent if you plan on doing a lot of paper craft. And fairly cheap too!
I chose a blue color for the first and last pages to give a bit of contrast to the orange/yellow cover I'm going to put on this one. Cut it the exact size of the rest of the paper.
This isn't a step you need to follow, but I think it adds something to the finished piece!
For the next step I use two pieces of thin and smooth particle board, binders clips, and E-6000 glue. You can use paint sticks to help hold the book together instead of the small pieces of board. 5 minute epoxy also works great instead of E-6000, but I'm trying to use up the last of it and it works fine. Any flexible bond glue will work great.
Here is everything set up. It takes a little bit to get just the right amount of paper to stick out of the edge.
Once you get here, put the glue on. I like a little bit of water on the edge first, and then the glue. This is actually my brother's book. Instead of blue, he chose a green!
And the hardest part of the whole thing:
Wait. Wait a long time... :(
While waiting, decide what you will use for the cover. Cardstock works great, and comes in pretty colors. Yesh. Cut the cardstock to the height of the book, leaving it long enough to wrap around the front and back and spine. I just usually leave it all on there and only cut the cover after it's glued on.
Using the book as the measuring guide, score the cardstock and fold.
Use the book to figure out the width of the spine. Score the cardstock and fold.
Glue! And then wait again.
Take an exacto knife and cut down the cover piece after the piece is dry. You can also even up the edges with a really sharp blade or guillotine cutter. Be careful!!
Your book is pretty much done! Give it a bit of time to dry. It's usable, but the spine is just not at full strength.
Make many, many books. Especially if your brother writes Zelda fan fiction. Help him out and make him feel proud of his writing! (Without actually having to read all 15 chapters... *Shifty eyes*... if he gets an account, I'll have to erase that bit)