Friday, October 28, 2016

Mini Matchbox Books & Bookshelf

I wanted to post this yesterday but lots of birthday activities kept me away from home most of the day.  So here it is a day late.  

Matchbox Mini Albums - These are the size of a standard box of matches - approx. 2" x 1 1/2".

Cover - 

Cut a piece of cardstock 2"x 4 1/4"
Score at 1 1/2"; 2"; 3 1/2" and 4"
adhere the 1/4" flap to the inside of the 1 1/2" panel to create the box.

I made a double mat for the front of each box and added one of the mini literature postage stamp from the lite kit.

Mats are as follows -
Large mat 1 1/4"x 1 3/4"
Small mat 1" x 1 1/2"

Next the mini accordion albums -

Cover - 2 x 3 5/8"
Score at 1/8"; 1 5/8; 2"; 3 1/3"
Glue the (2) 1/8" flaps to the inside of the book.  

Inside accordion album -

Cut a strip of cardstock 2" x 12"
Score every 1 1/4"
Fold and adhere to the inside of the book cover.

Insert the book into the matchbox cover.
Repeat 11 more times!

And you'll end up with your own mini library!

Next - the book shelf!

Cut (2) pieces of book board 2" x 7 3/4" for the uprights;
cut (4) pieces of book board 1 3/4" x 3" for the shelves.

Glue the shelf pieces to the uprights with book binding glue. 
TIP: I held it all together with a pair of rubber bands while the glue dries.

Glue a piece of book board to the back of the shelves.

I used the Sizzix Pediments die (3 - glued together).
As luck would have it I just had to shave a small bit off of each end to get it to fit perfectly.

After all of the glue was dry all that's left is to paint it as desired.

Each shelf will hold 5 of the tiny books.

Hope you have fun if you give it a try!!


  1. You make this look so easy! I'd swear that was a little wooden bookshelf. Thanks for sharing such detailed instructions. What a terrific display!

  2. So much fun! Thank you for the tutorial!

  3. I agree, you made it look very easy! The tiny books are just darling! TFS!

  4. Thanks Roni. I am going to make at least two of these and give one to my daughter who is turning 40 and loves miniature stuff. great instructions!

  5. I saw this on the previous post and thought
    it was wonderful. Thanks for sharing
    the instructions.

  6. Love it. may have to give it a try once all my things get to my new house


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