DIY MINI HALLOWEEN DOODLE BOOKS WITH FREE PRINTABLES


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These mini Halloween doodle books are fun for budding artists, super easy to put together and a great way to entertain kids of any age! They were inspired by our Summer Doodle Books.

Inspired by some of our favorite October things, there are 9 illustrated mini pages to be colored-in or drawn-on, 9 different book cover options, and a sheet of blank mini pages. You can make it into a festive mini doodle book for on-the-go doodling, or just print it out, cut it apart and use it as a fun sugar-free treat!

Supplies:

• A few sheets of 8.5×11 heavy cardstock
• Scissors or a paper cutter
• A hole punch (I used a 1/8″ hole punch – one size smaller than standard)
• A blunt needle and embroidery floss, ribbon, hinged snap rings, etc. to bind your mini book

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Optional:

• A sheet of acetate or a plastic sheet protector to make front/back covers or dry-erase pages
Color cardstocks, construction paper, or tracing paper for additional pages

Instructions:

Step 1: Print the desired template pages on a heavy cardstock (make sure to choose borderless printing).

Step 2: Using the guide lines, cut apart the mini book pages with scissors or a paper cutter.

Step 3: Pick your pages and a cover, then use a hole punch to make your hole/s for binding. I’ve found that a 1/8″ size hole punch makes a perfect size hole – just big enough to comfortably thread with floss or ribbon.

Step 4: Lay out your pages and thread a kid-safe, blunt needle with a piece of embroidery floss that’s about 12″ long (you’ll trim most of it off, but it makes it easier to tie to have a lot of extra!). Thread the needle through the pages, from the back to front – leaving a little extra at the back to use to tie-off. Circle through the hole a few times and tie-off at the back – keeping it nice and loose so the pages can easily be turned and will lay flat. If you’d rather not use a needle and floss, a small hinged snap ring works well also – it also makes it super easy to replace or add more pages!

There is a little something for everyone in this little book. Coloring pages, unfinished drawings (a great prompt for kids who want to get creative) and blank pages for the young artist who wants the freedom to draw anything they want!

More fun things to do with your mini books:

• Don’t have the time or supplies to bind? No worries! Just cut apart the pages and clip together or throw into an envelope to save for on-the-go coloring.
• These are perfect for a Halloween party! Print out multiple copies, precut some colorful cardstock pages and set out in stacks. Kids love picking their own pages and assembling themselves, and its a great favor for them to take home.
• A set of 3 or 4 coloring pages make the BEST classroom candy-free treats! Tie up with some crayons for the win!

Check out more fun Halloween printables and non-candy favors.

Amanda Eldridge is the Managing Director and Lead Designer at barley & birch. Driven by carbs, coffee and a passion for cultivating imagination, she aims to help families discover their creative potential and be inspired to generally make the world a better place through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy and community. When not tinkering with ideas, designs and projects for barley & birch, Amanda enjoys working as a modern art curator and managing her own small design business. Beyond work, you’ll likely find her playing mom to Thor – her ginormous Golden Retriever, reading a new book, or traveling anywhere she can. For more fun projects and printables, you can explore the barley & birch blog or follow b&b on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

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