See how easy it is to make a custom kids foam book with this easy tutorial.
I was browsing through the old Houseful of Handmade (the blog that my sisters and mom did breifly a few years ago) and thought I should share this great project. I am also in need of making more.
This book is used often (yes I still have it 4 1/2 years later) and it still is in good shape! The pages don’t line up perfectly, and there are some bite marks (why do toddlers always bite foam books???), but the pages are still together and looking good.
Here is the tutorial for making your own kids foam book (please forgive the dark pictures, I craft late in the evenings when the kids go to sleep).
You will need a 2 9×12 inch sheets of the thicker foam, some labels say 6 mm, but just get sturdy foam that doesn’t bend when held up (you may beed more if you want to have more pages in your book or larger pages). You’ll also need full sheet permanent labels for your printer. Make sure to get the permanent adhesive labels so that they stick and never come off.
Then it is time to create your book. I used Photoshop to do it. Each set of pages will measure 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 (you can put two sets of pages on each printer label sheet). My book has a total of 8 inside pages (4 sets), and a front and back cover. For this same amount of pages you need 2 foam sheets and 3 label sheets. Here are the images of my books for some ideas:
After finishing your story and adding pictures, go ahead and print the pages onto your label sheets.
Then its time to cut the foam. You need to cut the sheets in quarters.
Next you need to cut the printed labels. Only cut these in half, you will leave the two pages attached in the middle (see below).
Then fold the printed label in half so the printed part is in the middle. The seam that you make will be how you line up the pages when you stick it to the foam.
I like to have my corners curved. This helps keep the sharp edge from coming unglued to the book. I just did a quick curve with the scissors while the printed label was folded in half.
Now put two pieces of cut foam next to each other. Line up the center seam of the label with the cut in between the two sheets of foam. Then stick it down!
Continue to do that to all the pages. You will need to use the other cut pieces of foam to keep the pages level when you are sticking down new sheets.
After you get all the inside pages stuck to the foam in order, you will start to see your completed book, but you are not done yet. It is time to add the cover. Start by measuring your book’s spine.
When you create the cover you will need the back of the book (4.25×5.5) and the spine (mine was 1 3/8 which is 1.375×5.5) and then the cover (4.25×5.5). This will all be one continuous printed label. Because it will be wider than your 8 1/2 x 11 sheet, you will have to print it landscape and then cut off the excess. Here is my cover and spine design.
After printing the cover label, cut off the excess. From the excess cut a piece of label that is the exact size of the spine (mine was 1 3/8 x 5 1/2). Make creases in the cover label around the spine. This time with the printed part on the outside.
Take the back off the label over the spine area and the back off the extra piece. Stick the extra piece to the back of the cover under the spine section. You do not want the spine to stick to the book so we are just covering up the sticky part there.
Then line the spine up with the rest of the book and carefully stick the cover to the front and the back to the back.
And you’re done. You now have a personalized foam book for your kids.
What do you think? I am excited to try it again, this time I am seeing princesses and pink for my daughter.