Now that our book is starting to look like a book, I’m sure you are excited to get to the final product! The next step is to bind your signature’s together to create the body of your book. This step can be super easy or super complicated. I chose the easy route and went with binding using duct tape!
- Duct Tape
- Binder Clips (optional)
The first step is to cut your duct tape to the exact length or a little shorter of the spine of your pages. If your tape ends up longer than the spine, no worries, just trim away the excess. My duct tape role was brand new, so I trimmed the uneven edges on one end to make for a smoother application.
There are two ways to apply the tape to your signatures. The first is to lay half of the tape on the front of the signatures, and then fold over, adhering it to the back of the pages as tightly as possible. The second option is to lay the tape over the spines of the signatures, roughly in the middle, and then fold and tighten over the front and back. I found that laying the tape on the front of the signatures and folding it over worked best with my pages as they weren’t as uniform, and it allowed more control over ensuring the spines stuck to the tape. I also used binder clips to hold the pages together while I adhered the tape, but this step is optional.
Once your tape is on, you can be done, or you can place binder clips over the tape to help secure the tape further. I chose to place binder clips over the tape overnight to give the tape some assistance adhering to my pages and they aren’t as smooth as printer paper, and some of the wrinkles made the tape look like it may not have the best longevity.
And that’s it! You now have your signatures attached and are at the final stage of putting your book together!
Implementing as an activity in your library:
- This method is great because it allows children to participate in this step of building their book! (minus the use of scissors, which depending on age should be monitored)
- The process of using duct tape is also fast and therefore, can be combined with the next step of book making during a library activity!
- If someone wishes to not have a hard cover for their book, this can be the last step in book making! Having a variety of duct tape colors or patterns can allow for one more outlet of creativity in the creation of these masterpieces.