Picture of Cardboard Props: Antique Book/ Magic Spell Book (Papier Mache)
Okay, so on my props list I saw that I had to make a magic book for one of the sketches, I was considering just buying an old worn book and modding it, like in that FANTASTIC Harry Potter book mod... But then I realized I had ALREADY made a book some years ago... and it must be in my black hole of a bedroom... Luckily I hadn't chucked it out... and what luck it was in perfectly usable condition, it just needed a lick of paint!

This prop is great for LARP or for school plays

Since I constructed this book maybe about 4 years ago now, I was a little... stuck, as I knew it would make a GREAT Instructable.. But I had no pictures of how I put it together.... so if you can suffer my diagrams done in paint, I think we should get along great!

Let me know if you have any problems


NB: I think the original idea for the book came from watching Artattack, or SmArt or something when i was a kid So, thanks to Tony Heart or Neil Buchannan whichever gave me the idea when i was like 9 ;)

Step 1: Ingredients!

Picture of Ingredients!
So, as I cast my mind back i shall attempt to give you a list of what you will need

* Cardboard- anything froma  cerial box to a cardboard crate will work!
* Knife/ Scissors
* Glue- Pva all the way for this one! You'll need loads of it later when you papier mache it
* Unused (hehe) Toilet roll
* Newspaper
* Paints
* Ruler
* Pen/Pencil
* Time: This one hopefully shouldn't take you over 4 years, but it is abit f a time consuming one!

~*~ NB: Key

Red line on diagram = Fold / Score line

Green dotted Line= Cut out line ~*~

nice tutorial, i'm going to use this to bind my book!
can it be done with cardboard and paint and some glue?

Biggsy (author)  rickythemaniac5 years ago
Hiya Ricky, Yeah you can do it with just carboard and such, but if you use corrougated (sp?) card you are likelly going to get some unsigtly rough edges. I would suggest perhaps gluing paper over all the edges so that when you come to paint your cardboard book, that it will look like a bound book and not a cardboard book... If you look at some of my other instuctabled that i have made from Card, you can see the edges look rough and unfinished... a way to get round it is using a glue gun to create a smooth edge to all corners etc..

It's upto you, The papier mache works really well as it gives a faux fabric look

let me know how it gets on