I want to share an easy end-of-school-year autograph book project that I did with my son's kindergarten class. To make the books, the kids "sewed" a stack of paper and cardboard together and knotted it on the outside. Then they decorated the cover with markers.
Since I needed to make 24, I wanted to use inexpensive supplies. Recycled corrugated cardboard boxes made perfect rigid bookcovers. If possible, cut against the corrugated lines, so that they run vertically on your book cover. This will make it really easy to fold. I folded twice in the very center to make a spine for the book. All I had to buy was some copier paper, Velcro, and a few plastic needles for the kids to use to sew their books together. I cut the copier paper in half the long way. This took a little while but it helps to do a small stack at a time. If you have a paper trimmer it goes even faster.
Take a look at the photos in this gallery below for some pictures of the process...
The kids really enjoyed it! They collected their friend’s signatures and doodles and they learned a little about (very simple) bookbinding.