Handmade Window Books

By Esther K. Smith, November 2008

The countdown to the holidays begins—celebrate the season (and astonish your friends!) by creating your own limited editions. With an assortment of paper and pictures and a couple of tools, you can make an instant book—or a dozen instant books, since they’re one-sided and, thanks to copy machines, easy to duplicate. This version, with its Advent calendar–like windows, lends itself to all sorts of surprises. Feature pictures of your favorite dogs, dog-park friends or whatever strikes your fancy—these little books can be personalized any way you like. Once you let your imagination off-leash, there’s no telling what you’ll come up with. Illustrator Laura Carmelita Belmont and I designed the pattern you see here.


For the basic folding pattern, please see the November/December 2008 issue of Bark, pp. 64-65, or How to Make Books.


More projects and patterns can be found in How to Make Books by Esther K. Smith. Copyright © 2007. Published by Potter Craft, a division of Random House, Inc.

Article first appeared in The Bark, Issue 51: Nov/Dec 2008

"Dog Days of December" book illustration by Laura Carmelita Belmont
Photograph by Mark Compton

Esther K. Smith creates collaborative letterpress limited edition and artist books at Purgatory Pie Press and teaches at Cooper Union and the School of Visual Arts in New York.