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Charlotte, North Carolina, US
2009
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Eco Cereal Box Book

To make this book using a small cereal box I followed the instructions on the book Eco Books by Terry Taylor. This book is available for purchase from Amazon. I checked out a copy of this book at my Library.

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Instructions

  • How to bind a cereal box book. Eco Cereal Box Book - Step 1
    Step 1

    Dismantle the cereal box. Trim the flaps using a paper cutter. You will use the front and back and one of the sides. The smallest side will be the spine of the book.

  • How to bind a cereal box book. Eco Cereal Box Book - Step 2
    Step 2

    Make a punch template out of paper using the smaller side which will be used as the spine. Draw 4 parallel lines and 4 horizontal lines on this punch template. You will using the awl to punch small holes at each intersection.

  • How to bind a cereal box book. Eco Cereal Box Book - Step 3
    Step 3

    Position the punch template you created on the short side of the box.

  • How to bind a cereal box book. Eco Cereal Box Book - Step 4
    Step 4

    Place the box on top of the mouse pad and punch through each intersection using the awl. You can use clips to keep the template from shifting.

  • How to bind a cereal box book. Eco Cereal Box Book - Step 5
    Step 5

    Use a variety of papers and cut them to measure twice the width of the cover and the height minus 1/4 inch in each direction. Make 4 stacks containing 6 pieces of paper and fold in half. Crease well using a bone folder. These are the signatures.

  • How to bind a cereal box book. Eco Cereal Box Book - Step 6
    Step 6

    Use the punch template you used to punch the holes on the shorter side of the box to mark 4 dots on the middle crease of one of the sheets. You will use this as the template to punch the holes on the paper using the awl.

  • How to bind a cereal box book. Eco Cereal Box Book - Step 7
    Step 7

    The yellow pages of the phone book works well to punch the holes on the six pages of paper. Punch all 4 stacks of paper which contain 6 pieces of paper that have been folded in half.

  • How to bind a cereal box book. Eco Cereal Box Book - Step 8
    Step 8

    Cut a piece of linen thread which measures about 8 times the height of the book. To sew the 4 stacks of paper (also called signatures) you will be using the long stitch binding technique. At the beginning leave a tail.

  • How to bind a cereal box book. Eco Cereal Box Book - Step 9
    Step 9

    As you sew the signatures to the spine, you should have two long stitches on the middle of the sheets.

  • How to bind a cereal box book. Eco Cereal Box Book - Step 10
    Step 10

    As you sew the signatures, the stitches on the outside look longer. Tighten the thread as you sew.

  • How to bind a cereal box book. Eco Cereal Box Book - Step 11
    Step 11

    The 4 lines of stitches on the outside of the box.

  • How to bind a cereal box book. Eco Cereal Box Book - Step 12
    Step 12

    Notice that the holes on the top and bottom section are used to connect each signature and will look like two short lines. Once all the signatures are sewn tie a square not to the beginning tail.

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ShanWow
ShanWow · Cleveland, Ohio, US · 5 projects
Thank you for a tutorial!!! Great idea, I'm going to make one & turn it into a cookbook for my new kitchen =]
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Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North Holland, NL · 108 projects
wooow this is a lovely idea, a smart way of recycling, thanks for the great how to and sharing.;-D
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SuperCool and Really Trendy
SuperCool and Really Trendy · Bradford, England, GB · 60 projects
You lucky so...and so!Lucky Charms cereal!I love the tut just as much 2!
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