DIY | Hole Punch Books

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Here’s the first in a series of DIY book making ideas intended to help parents and early learning settings support children in creating their own books.


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Paper
  • Hole Punch
  • Rubber Bands
  • Sticks, Wooden Dowels, Pencils, or Craft Sticks


There are three simple steps to make these nifty books:


Start by folding a couple sheets of paper in half and make a nice crease.


Next, punch a couple holes along the fold. I’m using an old-timey punch that must weigh 5 pounds, but a tiny hand held hole punch will work just fine.


Finally, slip a rubber band through the holes and secure it with a stick. There’s no real non-awkward way to do this as you can tell from the gif below, but with a bit of practice it gets pretty easy.


You can avoid wrestling with a rubber band with a simple piece of string:

You can also avoid the folding and simply punch holes along the edge of full sheets of paper:


Here are a couple ideas for using these books:

  • Make blank books available around the play setting for kids to use as needed in their play.
  • Let kids dictate their stories to you and then draw illustrations for their books.
  • Let kids work together to create collaborative books.
  • Let kids create their own versions of stories or books they enjoy.
  • Create a book making station. With a bit of direct instruction, an interested child can put their own books together.
  • Create picture books featuring children’s drawings, images you’ve printed, or photos cut from magazines or catalogs.
  • You can also use this method to turn collections of children’s paper-based art work into books–portfolios of their creations.


This is a simple way to put books in the hands of children and spark their creative instincts. I’d love to see what you create if you give this idea a try. You can post photos in the comments section below.

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After nearly 30 years working in early learning programs, Tasha now devotes her time to making Explorations Early Learning and Playvolution HQ work, quilting, and taking care of her pet duck, Tape.

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