We show you how to make your own Story Book. Have fun designing and creating your very own book. Fun for children of all ages!

With thanks to Amy, from England, who sent in this great homemade story book idea. Let’s take a look at it…

What did you do?

Me & my son made a story book together, made from recycled cardboard, I got him to choose what theme he wanted it to be.


Step 1: Re use unwanted cardboard, cut out a rectangle shape big enough for the book cover A4 size.

Step 2: Glue white pages of A4 paper into the book page by page with a hot glue gun ( you can also use a stapler).

Step 3: Print out the characters you want to use for the story book.

Step 4: stick patterned/ coloured card/paper onto the front cover to make it more colourful.

Step 5: Cut out and stick the characters on the front cover.

Step 6: Get your child to write out the title on a little piece of cut out card and stick that onto the front cover.

Step 7: Get your child to either write or type down their story.

Step 8: Then print and stick the story into the pages. You Can also add your own drawings and pictures (unless your child’s written the story in the pages already then you’ve completed it & don’t need to print anything).

Step 9: Read & enjoy your story.

The characters that got chosen as they’re lovely and bright.

A photo of a homemade book under construction

Do you have any other projects planned?

I am thinking of making a scrap book with my son so he can put loads of memories adventures of what we get up to outside, We are going to walk along the beach and look at the things we find and when we get home I’m going to get my son make the scrap book and print pictures of our adventure and get him to write explain what things we saw and what we did and get him to add drawings too.

Tell the Housebound With Kids community a bit about yourself…

Hi, I’m Amy I’m 27 years old, I have a partner called James, Our child is called Lewis he is 6 years old.
Lewis has a favourite teddy bear called banana bear.
We have a Kitten & a hamster.
We live in England ( Thanet-Kent ).
We love to do arts & crafts very much.

Do you have any tips for other parents?

Arts & crafts, baking, board games, Reading & writing is a great way to enjoy being at home.

Another thing that is enjoyable for kids is treasure hunts, I write down clues on pieces of small paper and hide it around the apartment and when he reads it out, it has a clue for the next piece of paper(clue) at the end of the treasure hunt there is either a little sweet treat or a chocolate bar you could even use chocolate coins! (A bit like finding treasure).

What are your family’s favourite board game(s)/card game(s)?

Monopoly & frustration is one of our favourites.
(We even made our own monopoly out of re used cardboard at one point).

What are your children’s favourite books?

My child’s favourite book is Peter rabbit & Goosebumps.

What toys would you recommend to other parents?

The toys that I would recommend is Racing cars the bigger ones, My child loves to race them around the floor.
I would also recommend Lego you can make anything you want, my son made Robot wars characters out of Lego & many more other things.

Has this website and community helped you?

It’s helped me by seeing loads of lovely ideas that you didn’t think about until you see it in posts.

A photo of a homemade book