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The beauty of a screw post bound book is that it is extremely easy to change or update. I chose to use screw post binding for my portfolio so I only have to switch out pages when I need to update it. This instructable shows how to create the covers and assemble your book.
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Step 1: Materials and Tools

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You should be able to find everything you need at art supply stores like Blick or Paper Source. I estimate the cost of everything was around $80.


  • 2 book binding boards – at least 1/4" bigger on each side than your interior pages
  • linen tape
  • 2 screw posts
  • bookcloth – I would get 2 sheets/rolls, but it depends on the size of your book
  • 2 sheets of decorative inside cover paper
  • PVA glue
  • methyl cellulose (optional) – helps keep PVA from drying too quickly
  • wax paper
  • scrap paper – covers your work area so you can get your deposit back on your apartment later :)
  • several heavy books – keeps your covers from warping while they dry


  • cutting mat
  • ruler
  • utility/x-acto knife – the board is heavy-duty stuff. even with a utility knife, you'll need to make several repetitive cuts.
  • glue brush
  • bone folder
  • pencil
  • adjustable 3-hole punch
  • some sort of book board hole punch or drill
  • awl

Step 2: Preparation

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Figure out what size you want your pages to be. Anything over 8.5"x11" is large format printing, and will increase your cost. I think the details of your work will get lost or your layout will feel cramped in that small of a book, however. Many thanks to my friend Ben who graciously printed my pages for free.

My final page size was something like 13.75"x11". I left a 1.75" margin on the right side to accommodate the binding, so my printable area was 12"x11".

Use an adjustable 3-hole punch to figure out where your screw posts are going to be. This will be trial and error, depending on your hole punch. I unscrewed all but one punch and used that to punch two holes by flipping the paper.
audioeternal made it!1 year ago

I only spent ~$40 to make mine, and if I spend another $10, I can make another, provided I buy more book cloth. (size was 10"x13").

The trick is buying online (free shipping if possible) and utilizing resources to your advantage, if you are on a budget (butter knife handle instead of bone folder, lol).

This was a fantastic tutorial! Nice job!


This is a great tutorial and you can get most any screwpost size and color at

rmuydinov1 year ago
Nice tutorial, but if it costs $80 to make this yourself, isn't it easier to just buy one at at a similar price?
pupuccachu (author) 3 years ago
Yes, but you should keep in mind that printing may not be exact. So either take it to a printer and tell them the exact dimensions of your page and where it needs to be scored and hole-punched, or print it yourself on oversized paper with guides for cutting and scoring.

To add or remove pages, you just need to unscrew the screw posts and take off the cover. You can only add as many pages as your screw post is long, though.
it is possible to print the pages later and add them hey??
ilau14 years ago
was wondering if your scored all the pages in the book for easier flipping? Was wondering if this makes it easier because my professor suggested this but I never tried scoring all the pages. Should not be necessary if the paper is under 100# text right?
pupuccachu (author)  ilau14 years ago
I did score all my pages. I find it's easier to flip/more consistent when you score it (I used the back edge of my exacto).

Your mileage may vary, but I would recommend scoring with a book this size no matter what the paper weight.
ymmik5 years ago
so good to find these instructions, doing a fine arts degree and this is my first assignment. Really helpful thanks!!!
pheenix425 years ago
Very nice!  With the addition of a couple of steps, this is what we use at my job for binding a thesis book for a grad student...Good instructions!