Make your own Pocket Book

Take inspiration from nature voyage through found paper imagery/ephemera/paints and create a miniature portable world.

This activity is inspired by sixteenth century Wunderkammer (cabinet of curiosity) and Assemble Art.

Step by step

Step 1

Draw around the bottom of your box onto a thin strip of card – this will show you the size your book needs to be to fit inside the box. Then fold the card into equal squares/rectangles of this size using the concertina method (i.e. fold one way, turn the paper over, then fold the other way). Doublecheck that the card fits inside the box before moving onto step 2!

Step 2

Decorate both sides of the strip of card using paints, pens, collected cuttings from magazines, and anything else you can find around the house to bring your story book to life. Make sure to leave the back ‘page’ blank so that you can glue it into the box.

Step 3

Leave your strip of card to dry. Next, you can decorate your box, thinking about what the name of your story is and what is the first image you’d like your reader to see.

Step 4

Finally refold your card and glue and glue the back ‘page’ (which you haven’t decorated) into the box. And there you have it, your very own pocket book!

This activity was designed by Francesca Centioni Dene, the founder of Little Artists London, an organisation of professional artist educators who deliver fun, creative art workshops for families, children, teenagers, adults, and in schools.

“WE SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGE PARTICIPANTS TO PUSH BOUNDARIES THROUGH PRACTICE BASED WORKSHOPS WHICH ARE A BALANCE OF MAKING AND THINKING.”

Francesca Centioni Dene

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