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!
* 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
* 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 ~*~
Step 2: Come in and Make Yourself a Tome...
First grab yourself a nice big rectangle of cardboard, and mark where you would like the spine to be, remember big old books are generally rather chunky, and i made mine to fit a ream of paper. Score/Fold where you would like the spine to sit. Making sure that the Front of the book and the back of the book are equal sizes.
Step 3: My Book It Has 4 Corners... 4 Corners Has My Book!
Step 4: Spine Time!
Step 5: Banding...things... Whatever They Are
Once i had cut out the rectangles I glued them in place with the good old PVA and left them to dry.
Step 6: Buckle!
As you can see from my drawing I cut out two rectangles (one with a rounded end) , one to form the strap, the other to form the buckle.
To make the buckle section, you are going to want to fould/score four lines... ( i know sorry i have missed that out in my picture.... but you get the idea... you want to make a sort of n shape, roughly wide enough so that your strap will fit into it
The strap only needs scoring/ folding twice, so that when you want to lock the book, it will be able to bend arround the pages and 'lock' into place
Glue them in place... Make sure they line up, else they wont fit together
Step 7: It's Like Being Five Again!
cut/shread newspaper into strips... and with the aid of PVA glue (some people mix it with water... but i dont) cover the entire peice untill you can't see any cardboard... THEN add shets of toilet roll... repete this process maybe four or five times, so you have a layer of loo roll and a layer of newspaper ontop of a layer of loo roll etc..
I also did the insides of the book... Don't ask why... it is a fair way back!
Step 8: Fin.
With this one i just painted it a mucky brown colour, painted the fixings gold, and dry brushed black over the top... simple as...
What you can also do if you are that way inclined... by gluing one of the straight edges of a ream of paper together you can easilly fill this book with pages to write on.... Recycled paper looks better than the acid white coppier stuff... Or you can age white paper by soaking it for a few seconds (and leaving it to dry) in either black tea or coffee... Its up to you... But thats the end of my book ...