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I saw a book in a box project without instructions and thought I could try to make something like that.  This is completely an experiment but I like the end result so I thought I’d share.

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Because this is an experiment, I don’t have exact instructions for you.  Hopefully this is simple enough to follow.
I started with a scrap piece of mat board.  I cut two large identical rectangles for the large sides and a thin piece the same length for the spine.  For the small ends, I didn’t have quite enough mat board to make a full box.  I went with shorter sides figuring it would help to remove the book over time.

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I saw this neat trick on the Frugal Crafter – she took pieces of paper to make corners to attach mat board in the construction of a box (hopefully this will be clearer as I go on).  I took some scrap light cardstock and cut it into strips just shorter than my mat board pieces.

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I folded the pieces in half at both ends and then scored them down the middle using a fake pencil and my cutting board.

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This makes corner pieces which can be glued on two pieces of mat board to make reinforced corners.

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As you can see here they worked well – better if you trim them so they don’t overlap.

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I seem to have a shortage of pictures but I did get the box all together.  I used a little scotch tape to help with the seams until I was able to wrap the box in paper.
I should note that I used tacky glue to create the box but used double sided tape to attach the paper to the box.

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To make the book – I cut a piece of copy paper to just under the length of the box.  Then I folded it.  Once I found what worked, I cut several pages to make an accordian book.

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I attached the pages with the short pieces using double sided tape.  I didn’t attach the pages completely so that I would have an extra “page”.

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I need to finish the book part but the overall project was simple enough and rather fun.  I hope this inspires you to try and make similar projects.

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