The Ziploc Book

The Ziploc Book – not only is it easy to put together in minutes, but it only requires a few items to create. And what’s even better, you probably already have all the materials in your home.

Items that you add to the pages of this book do not have to be flat, making this a really fun and unusual book format, especially for authors that like to collect, categorize and label. Think small collectibles – leaves, flowers, rocks, and small toys like Lego people.

Because the pages can be switched out and replaced, the binding can be used again and again to fill with new content.

Materials needed:

  1. Ziploc or seal-able baggies (about 5-10)
  2. Paper (card stock or index cards work best). You will need the same number of sheets of paper as baggies
  3. Stapler
  4. Ruler
  5. Scissors

The Ziploc Book

Optional Items:

  1. Decorative Duck Tape or Washi Tape to cover the staples and create a colorful bookbinding
  2. Paper cutter

The Ziploc Book

Instructions:

1. Lay the baggies on a flat surface.  Align the bottom (opposite side of the opening) of the baggies together.

The Ziploc Book

2. To create a spine for the book, staple the bottom edge of the baggies, about a 1/4 to a 1/2 inch from the bottom edge of the baggie and about 1-2 inches from the left and right side. Depending on the size of the baggie, 2-4 staples should be sufficient.

The Ziploc Book

3. Paper – Card stock paper works best for keeping the book’s shape and adding small items to the page.  For large baggies, measure and cut the paper to size – about a 1/4 inch smaller than the baggie. Don’t forget that the staples will shorten the width of the book.

The Ziploc Book
The Ziploc Book

For small Ziploc baggies, insert index cards (3X5 or 4X6)
After writing and attaching items to the paper, place paper inside the Ziploc and zip it up.

The Ziploc Book
The Ziploc Book

Optional Steps:
1. Variation – Use decorative card stock for the background, add plain or lined paper for the center of the page for text or added items.
2. Use decorative Duck tape to thicken and reinforce the spine. Or add a strip of Washi tape over the staples to create a decorative binding that covers the staples.
The Ziploc Book
The Ziploc Book

Washi tape works for binding the smaller books.
The Ziploc Book

Materials for a smaller Ziploc book
The Ziploc Book

Bookmakers can be very creative because any size seal-able baggies can be used to make this book, from tiny, snack size to the oversized storage bags.  Get your creative juices flowing, imagine all the ways you can use this book. Go to the Lemonade Book Club to see how we used the Ziploc Book on a nature hike.

Have fun and show us how you filled your Ziploc Book!

The Ziploc Book

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