The Most Public Librarian Post Ever

Confession time: I’m a Harry Potter nerd. I’m also a former public librarian, so this post is very, very public librarian-ish!

Over Thanksgiving break, I decided to try to make my own Harry Potter book ornaments. They turned out quite well, actually, and a few of my friends from my book club asked me to post instructions and how I did it, so here it is!

I still need to make the rest of the series and will upload screen shots of each step as I make my next one. For now, I recorded text directions for my little creation.

My first step was going onto the interwebs and finding book covers to print. These have part of the title removed. I’m assuming to try to cover their rears from copyright infringement, but it really still is copyright infringement. Just sayin’. I found this particular set of cover art on Pinterest (HERE), dumped the image into my publishing software and shrunk it down just a bit. Here’s a PDF (book covers page) .  After this, I used that as a guide to create pages. Here’s that PDF (book ornament pages). I made the pages slightly smaller than the book cover so it would be like a real book in that sense.

You will need:

  • color printer
  • printer paper
  • cardstock (I used medium brown)
  • craft glue good for paper use – something that bonds quickly. I used this: 
  • twine
  • ruler
  • pen/paper
  • scissors
  • wine, whiskey, tea, or another choice beverage for reinforcement when you get frustrated…because you will.
  • possibly some snacks, if you’re the snack-while-crafting type

 

 

  1. Print both the covers and pages (you’ll need a LOT of pages).
  2. Cut around covers, leaving a margin around each one.
  3. Glue covers onto cardstock, making sure you completely coat the backside of the paper.
  4. Cut out pages and fold them in half, matching the short sides.
  5. This is where things get interesting: each book will be a little bit different thickness, but they will all be the same width and length. The cover art in this file provides more art than what would show on a book. This is the part of a book jacket that would tuck inside the book and have summaries and author info. In this case, it’s best to cut it flush where you would want your cover to be.
    1. For each of the covers, you’ll need to measure the front and back cover to about 29 mm and leave the width of spine you desire for each book. Use your “margin” to mark with a pen.
    2. I used the same spine width for the first three books in the series and roughly doubled the spine width for the subsequent books. In these illustrations, you can actually see shading for some of the spine widths.
  6. Cut out each book cover like so:
    1. Cut each book cover from the others, leaving a margin.
    2. Mark your back edge, spine width, and front edge using a pen and ruler. Remember the back and front should be about 29 mm wide.
    3. Trim the back and front edges first.
    4. Lay the book cover on a flat surface (I used a table, because, well, that seemed obvious).
    5. Line up your ruler on one side of the spine marks and bend the cover up to create a crease. 
    6. Pick up the cover and using the crease as a guide, fold and sharpen to create one edge of the book spine. 
    7. Repeat 4-6 for the other edge of the book spine.
  7. Measure out a desired length of twine, loop, and glue into one of the folded pages. I simply put the two ends of the twine together and glued them along the entire height of the page for good security. 
  8. Glue pages together, allowing time for glue to set. For volume, I only glued the outsides of the pages together, leaving the inside of each page unglued so it opens. For the first HP book, I used about 20 folded pages. 
  9. Glue twine pages into the book cover, covering the inside of the spine and the inside of the each cover with glue. Then, glue the rest of your pages on top of the twine page, covering the spine and inside front cover with glue. 
  10. Place the entire book under something heavy for all the glue to set (a real book, perhaps?).

If you have questions about any particular step in this process, please feel free to leave a comment!

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