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Make A Book From Recycled Materials!

Click here to watch August’s Second Sunday From Home program where we join Clean Ocean Access to learn more about recycling here in Newport. See below for instructions on how to make a book out of recycled materials to celebrate National Book Lovers’ Day on August 9!


  1. Thin cardboard (such as a cereal box)
  2. Blank paper, or scrap paper
  3. Rubber bands
  4. Ruler
  5. Scissors
  6. Crayons (to decorate)



  1. Cut cardboard to the desired size of the book (remember that it should be the width of both the front and the back!).
  2. Fold the cover in half.
  3. Using the ruler, measure your blank paper to the size of the cover you have just cut out, making sure that it is either the same size or smaller.
  4. Fold the paper in half. About 5-8 sheets at a time generally works best for folding.
  5. Align the paper with the cover and slip a rubber band around the center, running along the center crease, to attach the paper to the cover.
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 to create more pages in your book if you would like. Each additional “packet” of paper should go behind the one before it, and affixed with its own rubber band running along the center crease.
  7. Once you have attached all your paper, you can use your scraps or other craft supplies found around your house to decorate your cover!
  8. Then, grab a pencil and start writing!


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