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A homemade flipbook – the perfect family-friendly DIY!


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Preparation time 20 min + 1 night

A Family Affair

I’m a lucky girl – my children love books. They also love me (thank God!), pictures and crafts. I’ve decided to mix all of these passions together to create a special little something for them to peruse when they get bored: a picture book of Mommy sending them some love.

This easy-peasy project is a definite upgrade from the matchstick man flipbooks I made as a young girl. My kids had so much fun making their booklet! They helped me choose the pictures and assemble the final product. Grab a snack and treat your children to an arts and crafts session!

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The Material

White cardboard
White glue or “Modpodge” glue
Paintbrush
Washi tape (or regular tape)
Scissors
Clip
Camera
Tripod
Computer
Printer

The Steps

  1. First, find a simple storyline around which to build your flipbook. For example, I simply selected pictures of myself blowing a kiss to the camera in front of a light-coloured background. I snapped the pictures in about 15 minutes, placing my camera on a tripod and using the self-timer mode. You can also use pictures of your kids playing around and having fun. Make sure to use the burst mode!

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  2. Then, I downloaded all the files on to my computer and laid them out using a word-processing software (like Microsoft Word). I used 8 images per sheet, to get a smaller book that my children could handle easily and then printed them. With a red felt pen, I added little hearts to some of the pictures to add a bit of feeling and texture.

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  3. Then, carefully cut the images to size and arrange them in the right order in a pile. This will soon become your picture book!

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  4. Tie the photos together with a piece of scotch tape running from the top of the first picture to the bottom of the last one. In this case, I made a cover page with a piece of white cardboard and I used Washi tape to make the book look pretty, but I could have simply used clear tape and stuck it directly to the first and last pictures.

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  5. Take out all of the pictures from the middle of the book. Using a brush, apply glue to the center of the tape. I recommend using a thick coat of glue to make sure that all of the pictures are strongly tied to the binding.

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  6. Then, put the middle pictures back in the book, pressing firmly on the middle of our book cover. Firmly secure the book with the clip and let dry overnight.

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  7. Voilà! Your very own homemade picture-flipbook.

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Tips & Tricks

Aim to have about 30 pictures for your flipbook. If you only have 15 pictures, print two copies of each to add heft to the book.

Choose a cardboard that’s not too rigid, so that small hands will be able to handle the book with ease!

Thanks to our collaborator

Ruban Cassette

Elisabeth Simard, self-taught photographer and Mom blogger, shares her work, her inspirations, her thoughts, and daily snippets of life with her sons and her husband on her blog, Ruban Cassette.

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