Make Your Own Coloring Book

Coloring is a fun and cathartic activity. Adult coloring books are all the rage right now but kids have been loving the fun forever. A new coloring book and a fresh box of crayons light up a child’s face like Christmas Day. Instead of rushing out to buy a fresh one, here is a tutorial to make your own coloring book. This is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or your friends).

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Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

 

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Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Materials

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 1

Use your book to measure the cover paper by tracing around it with a pencil.

Tip:

  • If your paper has a “right-side” up, make sure your book is aligned accordingly when measuring.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 2

Cut out the traced cover.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 3

Place a strip of double-sided tape on the left edge of the cut out paper.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 4

Attach the cover paper to the front of your booklet by aligning the tape with the bound edge and pressing it firmly.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 5

Pull back the paper as pictured above.

Tip:

  • Keep it out of your way by placing a pair of scissors on the edge.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 6

Next, place more double-sided tape on the cover of the book.

Tip:

  • The best way to do this for maximum secureness is to cover the edges with strips of tape and create an “x” with tape in the center.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 7

Carefully smooth the cover paper over the tape.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 8

Next, measure the paper for your back cover on your second sheet of 12×12 paper. Again, do this by placing your book on it and tracing with your pencil.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 9

Cut out your back cover.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 10

Again, place tape on the side of the cover paper. This time, place it on the right side.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 11

Attach the cover to the back of the book.

Step 12

Pull back the paper as before.

Step 13

Place your tape on the back cover of the book a you did in step 6 above.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 14

Again, carefully smooth paper back over the cover.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 15

On one of your cut pieces of 12×12 paper scraps, measure a pocket for the inside cover of your book. See the picture above for reference.

Step 16

Cut out the paper for the pocket.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 17

Next, place double-sides tape on the sides and bottom of the paper.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 18

Attach the paper pocket to the inside of the front cover of your book.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 19

Stamp the front of each blank page in your book. These can be themed to fit the recipient’s tastes. They can also be as easy or as intricate as you would like. The stamps you choose and the patterns you create with them will determine this.

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

 

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 20 (Optional)

Add some stickers to the pocket in the front.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

You can play up this coloring book in so many different ways. It’s awesome! You can even create more adult coloring books by creating intricate stampscapes or complex patterns. If you are feeling extra ambitious and creative, you can skip the scrapbook paper altogether. Instead, illustrate a custom cover with your own original design. Check out the other sweet papercrafts to keep the stamping fun going.

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
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  • My kids would have so much fun doing this! I need to go get us some stamps. Thanks for joining the Family Joy Link Party!

    • Thanks, Samantha! You can find stamps for $1 at Michaels. That’s a great and inexpensive way to stock up for a kids’ craft!

  • Kim~madeinaday

    This is adorable and great thinking to use stamps!! Sharing on Twitter #MM
    Kim

    • Thanks, Kim! I love crafts that are customizable to your tastes. 🙂