Project Create: Day 16 (Mini-Book)

The mini-book bound with some raffia. It is 2 1/4 X 1 3/4 in.

Today my son and I made mini-books, an idea I’ve had since I saw this post at Florence & Freddie. Someday I am going to make a mini-book with the domino cover (because that is awesome!) but we did not have any dominos, so we used items we had on hand, a coffee bag and some paper plates.

This project was just fun, fun, fun….so many ways to get creative. I copied a poem into mine, one of my favorites by Mary Oliver.  A little book like this would be an awesome gift for someone with a letter or poem written inside just for them.  And at 2 1/2 x 1 3/4 it is small enough to carry in a pocket. I think I will be making more of these soon.

For this project we played with: a coffee bag, paper plates, maps, modge podge, acrylics, spray ink, rice paper, raffia, rollerball pen.

 The Journey by Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew

what you had to do, and began,

though the voices around you

kept shouting

their bad advice–

though the whole house

began to tremble

and you felt the old tug

at your ankles.

“Mend my life!”

each voice cried.

But you didn’t stop.

You knew what you had to do,

though the wind pried

with its stiff fingers

at the very foundations,

though their melancholy

was terrible.

It was already late

enough, and a wild night,

and the road full of fallen

branches and stones.

But little by little,

as you left their voices behind,

the stars began to burn

through the sheets of clouds,

and there was a new voice

which you slowly

recognized as your own,

that kept you company

as you strode deeper and deeper

into the world,

determined to do

the only thing you could do–

determined to save

the only life you could save.


  1. Oh Wow! What a fantastic project! Love everything about it. So pleased you had so much fun making this. These little books can become addictive. Thank you for so generously putting a link back to my blog.
    Kind regards Florence x

    1. Yes, they are addictive. I’m already planning more. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. What a great look at how you made this little book, thanks!

    BTW, you’re it! I got tagged in a game of blog tag, and you’re it…you can see the post about the game over our blog and find out the details. No obligation to play, but I do hope you’ll join in the fun. And what a fun way to share with everyone how much I love your blog.
    xoxo MotherDana

    1. Thanks for tagging me! I enjoyed answering and putting together my own list of questions (which was harder than I thought it would be!)

      1. You’re so welcome, I’m glad you had fun with it! I had the same battle with writing questions 🙂 I am so enjoying watching your projects!
        xoxo MotherDana

  3. […] coffee bag (the kind you fill with beans at the grocery store.) I used this same type of bag for a mini-book a few weeks ago. As I have probably mentioned WAY too many times, I absolutely love taking […]

  4. […] I love projects that turn what something that might be destined for the trash into art (like this tiny book, or these paper beads.) Plus, I had this adorable mini-charm I made from precious metal clay […]

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