Handmade book for a three year old – by Lindsay Zier-Vogel

photo book 1 - covers

One of my very favourite gifts when I was a kid was the board book my mom made me of all of the things my three-year-old self could do – swing, colour, kick soccer balls…so when my favourite three-year-old had a birthday recently, I decided that it was time to make him a “Rudi can…” book of his own.

photo book 2 - pages

I printed out photos, glued them onto coloured cardstock and in my very best printing wrote out descriptions under each picture. I then got the pages laminated (because if there’s one thing three-year-olds aren’t it’s easy on books!)

photo book 3 - pagesphoto book 4 - cover

For the cover, I cut some chiyogami into triangles, added a ribbon and stamped out “Rudi is three” in the corner.

photo book 5 - binding

To bind it all together, I used some brown linen tape (my new favourite thing!) and Chicago screws to hold all of the pages together.

photo book 6 - linen tape binding

Listening to my favourite three-year-old read his very own book to himself has been one of the highlights of my year so far!!

photo book 7 - rudi reading

Lindsay Zier-Vogel
writer, arts educator, book maker


2 Responses to “Handmade book for a three year old – by Lindsay Zier-Vogel”

  1. Faith says:

    I love this idea! Might have to try and make one for my soon-to-be three year old…


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