Easy & No Fuss Bookbinding with Glue Tutorial

Bookbinding with glue is a quick and easy way to turn loose sheets into booklets, notepads and more. Here’s a tutorial how to get this done so you can start a lot of creative projects:

  • recipe booklet
  • diary/journal
  • planner (sign up for FreeFLOW now and you’ll get access to the free printable planner pages I used in this tutorial)
  • memorabilia booklet
  • old beloved letters booklet
  • manuscripts
  • gift card album
  • and many more

You need

  • A Book Press (see below how to make one)
  • Bookbinding Glue or PVA glue
  • Brush
  • Your pages (single sheets) (sign up to FreeFLOW to download the pages to make your own planner)

Take a look at our resources page for all our favorite tools and materials you will love too.

The Book Press

It helps keeping all the sheets together nice and tight while glueing.

I’m very lucky to have a dad who has a drill (more like five actually) and lots of wood leftovers. He made me this one:

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Jennifer from Sea Lemon has an awesome tutorial how to make a book press using cheap cutting boards:

Making the book

1. Stack the sheets neatly

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I printed the small planner pages double sided and cut the pages in half. Make sure to really line them up perfectly.

2. Put the sheets neatly in the book press as far as possible without moving. Make sure the stack of sheets is still 1/4 – 1/2 inch (0.5 – 1 cm) visible.

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3. Put a thin coat of glue on the side of the pages. Take your time to make sure all the pages get some glue. I prefer a bookbinding glue that dries up clear.

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4. When dry, apply one or two extra coats (leave to dry in between layers).

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5. When dry, that’s it, you’re done. Yes, it’s THAT easy.

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You can now glue the pages into a ready made cover or leave them as is.

Enjoy and lots of love! XOXO

Tinne

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