Many of my friends and coworkers are excited about the warm weather settling in early this spring. It means they can get out in the garden and get a jump on planting their future harvests. I hear talk of tomatoes, pro-tips for peppers, and all sorts of other gardening chatter. But the fact remains: Some of us aren’t so lucky.
If you, like me, don’t have a gardening space, do not despair! You can still celebrate gardening season with today’s free project from Making Mini Books. With some empty seed packets and homemade wheat paste (recipe included), you can make a modern or vintage-inspired book for yourself or your favorite gardener.
It’s just one of 34 creative miniature book projects in Making Mini Books. The others are winners too: from matchbooks and pocket-sized leather journals to colorful accordion fold zines and block printed notepads. Many of them, like the project below, also utilize found objects (maps, airmail envelopes, vintage fabric, vinyl records). An invaluable illustrated Stitch Library provides the essential steps for key bindings used throughout the book, including pamphlet stitch, Japanese stab binding, long stitch, kettle stitch, and different forms of Coptic stitch.
So go ahead, download the project below and celebrate spring with a mini book!