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The 26 Most Anticipated Books of 2022

how to make a big giant book

We’ve already told you what’s new and exciting when it comes to movies , TV shows and video games in 2022. And since there’s a lot of 2022 ahead of us, let’s take an updated look at our selection of some of the year’s most anticipated books so that you keep adding titles to your “Want to Read” shelf on Goodreads. 

Since thrillers, mysteries, romance, YA offerings and science-fiction tend to be readers pleasers, we’ve included a bunch of those, as well as some historical fiction, memoirs and poetry.

Fiction Books That Have Already Debuted in 2022

how to make a big giant book

Fiona and Jane by Jean Chen Ho (January 4, 2022). The Taiwan-born and Southern California-raised Jean Chen Ho writes her debut novel with this tale of two young Taiwanese-American women and friends who grow up in Los Angeles and float in and out of each other’s lives when Fiona moves to New York. 

Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan (January 11, 2022). Another debut novel on this list is from the Malaysia-born Sue Lynn Tan, who studied in London and France and lives in Hong Kong. The YA fantasy novel, which is the first part of a duology, tells the story of Xingyin. Her mother has been hiding her after she stole the elixir of immortality and was exiled. But when her magic manifests and is discovered, Xingyin needs to leave her mother and embark on a dangerous quest to save her. 

To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara (January 11, 2022). After the heartbreaking A Little Life , Hawaiian author Hanya Yanagihara returns with this novel that spans three centuries and is set in an alternate version of America in 1893, 1993 and 2093. The book offers “three different versions of the American experiment, about lovers, family, loss and the elusive promise of utopia,” according to Penguin Random House’s synopsis.

Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover (January 18, 2022). Bestselling romance author Colleen Hoover returns with this story about Kenna, a woman who’s been in prison for five years and goes back home trying to reunite with her 4-year-old daughter. The task proves difficult, and her only link to her daughter is Ledger, a local bar owner. As the connection between the two of them grows stronger, Kenna must find a path to atone for her past.

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson (February 1, 2022). This historical fiction debut novel by Charmaine Wilkerson follows two siblings as their mother dies in present-day California, leaving them an unusual inheritance: a traditional Caribbean black cake made from a family recipe and a voice recording in which she talks about the past. The siblings could find their way back to each other, and to their mom, with this family history.

House of Sky and Breath (Crescent City #2) by Sarah J. Maas (February 15, 2022). You can always count on the prolific Sarah J. Maas to keep delivering 700-plus-page volumes every year. While she’s still at work with her A Court of Thorns and Roses long series, Maas returns now to Crescent City for a second installment in which Bryce and Hunt are trying to get back to normal after saving the city. But, of course, war is always looming.

Gwendy’s Final Task by Stephen King (February 15, 2022). And while we’re talking about prolific authors, let’s mention one of the most illustrious ones. Master of horror — and of posting cute photos of his doggie on Twitter — Stephen King proves once again in 2022 how much of a non-procrastinator he is. In his new novel, Gwendy is a novelist and rising political star confronted by her past. At 12, a stranger gave her a mysterious box. It offered treats but also destruction: None of its seven-colored buttons should be pushed. 

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley (February 22, 2022). After the success of The Guest List — it received the Goodreads Choice Award in Mystery & Thriller last year — Lucy Foley returns with a new puzzle. Broke and alone, Jess asks her half-brother Ben if she could crash at his place for a bit. But when she gets to his Paris apartment, not only is Ben not there, but the place seems way nicer than what he could have afforded. With her brother missing, Jess starts questioning what may have happened and tries to find answers among the building’s neighbors. 

Gallant by V.E. Schwab (March 1, 2022). After the bestselling success of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue , V.E./Victoria Schwab returns with another fantasy proposal good for adults and YA audiences alike. In Gallant , Olivia only has her mother’s journal as a memento of her past. When she’s invited to Gallant, she feels at home there, even if no one was expecting her and half-formed ghouls are haunting the place. She wants to uncover what secrets the place holds.

The Recovery Agent by Janet Evanovich (March 22, 2022). After the success of the Stephanie Plum and Wicked series, bestselling author Janet Evanovich launches a promising new series. Gabriela Rose is a recovery agent hired by people and companies who want to recover all kinds of valuable things. But when she’s forced to work for her own family, Gabriela ends up in the jungles of Peru looking for the Ring of Solomon and the lost treasure of Cortez. The main problem is that her ex-husband, Rafer, is the one who has the map that could take her to the treasure. 

Time Is a Mother by Ocean Vuong (April 5, 2022). After his heart-wrenching epistolary novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous , the Vietnamese-American Ocean Vuong goes back to his origins with this poetry collection in which he searches for life after his mother’s death. “Vuong contends with personal loss, the meaning of family, and the cost of being the product of an American war in America,” reads the book’s synopsis.

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel (April 5, 2022). If you, too, read Emily St. John Mandel’s post-apocalyptic and hopeful tale Station Eleven during the early months of the pandemic, you may want to know more about the Canadian author’s upcoming science-fiction work. In Sea of Tranquility , a detective in the black-skied Night City is hired to investigate an anomaly in the North American wilderness. He’ll discover a series of lives upended there. 

2022’s Most Anticipated Fiction Books

how to make a big giant book

Blind Spot by Paula Hawkins (April 14, 2022). After Paula Hawkins’ latest novel made it to Ask Media Group’s mystery-themed book club last year , we couldn’t leave her new work behind. Best friends Edie, Jake and Ryan see their world torn apart when Jake is brutally murdered and Ryan accused of it. Edie is devastated and alone, living in the remote house she shared with Jake. The problem is that somebody is watching…

Book Lovers by Emily Henry (May 3, 2022). Master of contemporary romance novels Emily Henry — she’s the author of the aptly titled Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation — returns with this story about Nora, a literary agent whose life is books. When Nora decides to go away on vacation with her sister Libby, she keeps bumping into Charlie, a bookish editor she’s known for years who has never piqued her interest.

I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston (May 3, 2022). After One Last Stop and Red, White & Royal Blue, LGBTQ+ romance royal Casey McQuiston returns with this YA novel. In I Kissed Shara Wheeler , Chloe is vying for the valedictorian title at high school when her main rival, prom queen Shara Wheeler, kisses her and then proceeds to vanish. Chloe is not the only person Shara’s kissed. The three kissed-ones try to untangle the clues Shara’s left behind and find her.

The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-García (July 19, 2022). After Mexican Gothic and Velvet Was the Night , the Mexican-Canadian author Silvia Moreno-García returns to Gothic horror ingredients with this reimagining of The Island of Doctor Moreau set in 19th-century Mexico. 

We Deserve Monuments by Jas Hammonds (November 29, 2022). Here’s yet another YA offering with crossover appeal for any age with this debut novel by Jas Hammonds. Avery is a 17 year old forced to leave her life in D.C. and live at her terminally ill grandmother’s home in a small Southern town. She copes with her mother and grandmother’s constant arguments by finding friendship in Simone, her next-door neighbor, and Jade, the daughter of the town’s prominent family. The novel explores the racist history of the town and how it’s marked its residents while dedicating time to the coming of age of Avery and the romance that blossoms with Simone.

Memoirs and Nonfiction Books That Have Already Debuted in 2022

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Putting the Rabbit in the Hat by Brian Cox (January 18, 2022). Craving some more behind-the-scenes Succession drama after the controversial New Yorker profile on Jeremy Strong ? Maybe try this Brian Cox memoir. The actor who plays the patriarch and media mogul Logan Roy in the HBO hit recounts here his working-class childhood in Scotland all the way to his days on the Emmy-winning TV show about a very dysfunctional family.

The Lonely Hunter: Why the Search for Love Is Broken by Aimée Lutkin (February 8, 2022). The 30-something single writer Aimée Lutkin found herself surrounded by couples at a party. After being asked about her love life and arguing being alone could be the endgame, the author went on a search to try to answer some fundamental questions: Why is there so much pressure to be in a relationship? Why is everyone so uncomfortable around single people? Why does it seem like your real life can’t start until you meet The One? And is it possible to be single without being lonely? 

We Should All Be Feminists: A Guided Journal by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (March 1, 2022). After her 2014 essay “We Should All Be Feminists” , adapted from her TEDx Talk, Nigerian author and feminist icon Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie revisits her work with this Guided Journal . The journal is meant to encourage readers to define feminism in their own voices and tell their stories, as well as featuring prompts, quotes and important events in the history of feminism.

Burning Questions: Essays and Occasional Pieces 2004–2021 by Margaret Atwood (March 1, 2022). Why do people tell stories? What do zombies have to do with authoritarianism? How can we live on our planet? How much of yourself can you give away without evaporating? The Handmaid’s Tale author and feminist icon Margaret Atwood penned this series of essays trying to find the answers to these and other burning questions.

All the White Friends I Couldn’t Keep: Hope–And Hard Pills to Swallow–About Fighting for Black Lives by André Henry (March 22, 2022). “In this personal and thought-provoking book, Henry explores how the historical divides between Black people and non-Black people are expressed through our most mundane interactions, and why this struggle won’t be resolved through civil discourse, diversity hires, interracial relationships, or education,” reads Penguin Random House’s synopsis of this work by musician and writer André Henry.

2022’s Most Anticipated Memoirs and Nonfiction Books

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Finding Me: A Memoir by Viola Davis (April 26, 2022). Actress and producer Viola Davis gets personal with this memoir that covers her childhood days coming of age in Rhode Island and spans to her present day. The Academy Award-winning Black actress has not only dominated TV but has also managed to transition into an incredibly prestigious film career.

Paradise Falls: The True Story of an Environmental Catastrophe by Keith O’Brien (April 12, 2022). Journalist Keith O’Brien’s work of narrative reportage tells the story of Lois Gibbs and Luella Kenny, two mothers who, in the 1970s, exposed a toxic waste dumping site that was causing a public health crisis and polluting their neighborhood in Niagara Falls. It was uncovered that the city’s largest employer, Hooker Chemical, had been disposing of thousands of tons of toxic waste in the town’s canal.

Bi: The Hidden Culture, History, and Science of Bisexuality by Julia Shaw (June 28, 2022): Psychologist Julia Shaw takes a scientific approach to sexuality with this exploration of bisexuality. Shaw, who is bisexual herself, explores the complexities of the human sexual experience both from a personal and scientific perspective and writes about the invisibility of bisexuals in our society.

Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation by Linda Villarosa (June 14, 2022). Linda Villarosa’s 2018 New York Times article “Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis” exposed the flagrant racial disparities in the U.S. healthcare system when it comes to childbirth. With her new work, the author exposes the reasons why Black people in America “live sicker and die quicker” compared to white people.


how to make a big giant book

Giant Party Prop Book


Introduction: Giant Party Prop Book

Giant Party Prop Book

Every year the Panhellenic Alumnae women of Kansas City host a brunch and auction to raise scholarship funds for collegiate sorority women. This year, the theme of the brunch was Alice in Wonderland. Because I knew the Instructables Party Challenge was coming up, I offered to make a giant book photo prop....what we won't do for an Instructables entry idea...

This is an ultra light and super cheap book that measures about 4 feet (1.2m) tall by 6 feet (1.8m) wide.

A giant book would be a great party prop for book-themed parties (a huge, magical Harry Potter book?!), fairytale-themed proms, or even a children's book baby shower!

Step 1: Book Covers Pt. 1

Book Covers Pt. 1

The first thing to decide when making a giant book is... how big do I want it.... or more importantly, do I have a big enough vehicle to tote this thing to its destination? Something to keep in mind is, what will the book be used for? That will help you decide how large you want to make it. This prop was going to be the background for pictures, so after assuming the easel height, we could guess the size of our book. I also knew I couldn't fit the 4'x8' foam board in my SUV, so we had to cut it in half right off the bat. Since we weren't at home, we had to do a quick cut with a utility knife. This isn't ideal as the foam "sheds" everywhere and the cut isn't smoothed and sealed; however, this was fine to do on the straight lines, and it was just a pre-cut anyways. we ended up with two (2) 4'x4' foam board squares.

Book cover sides are usually not square, so we knew we would need to do more trimming. We liked the book 4 feet tall, so we decided each page would be 3 feet wide. I also knew that after we cut off the extra foot, we would have enough foam to build the six (6) 3D page supports. If you make your book bigger, make sure you have enough foam board to make 6+ supports.

To cut the foam board, I measured a foot off one edge in multiple places, laid a long board on the marks, and made my cuts with the hot knife, gliding the knife against the wood for support and making sure to keep the knife as perpendicular to the foam as possible.

Hot Knife: To make the knife, I cut the shape of a knife out of an old sheet of copper (great heat conductor) with a dremmel. I grabbed the end with vice grips (pliers would work as well) and heated the knife up with a propane torch for about 15 seconds. If you use this method, make sure you work in a ventilated area and don't breathe in the foam fumes! Another option is to make a hot knife out of a soldering iron like in this Instructable , but who doesn't like the idea of a giant copper knife? Amirite? Lastly, c ommercial hot wire styrofoam cutters are also a great, probably safer, option.

Step 2: Open-Page Curved 3D Support Template

Open-Page Curved 3D Support Template

The best part of this book is that it looks like the pages are 3D. To create this look, we need curved foam supports underneath the paper pages. I took a 3 foot piece of thick poster board (the width of my book cover) and marked our design constraints. I knew I didn't want the page edges to go to the edge of the cover (width), the top hump shouldn't exceed 3 inches (depth), and the page edges needed a realistic slope. The steeper the slope, the wider our page will; the more gradual (wider) the slope, the skinnier the page will be. Since we wanted big artwork on the page, we want a wider page to work on, meaning the slope had to be decently steep. Another thing to remember is the artwork doesn't go all the way to the center of the book. You have to save a couple inches for the inside spine.

The best tip I have for drawing a template is to open a real book and study the way it lays open.

To explain this with math : I have a 3 foot wide cover - 36 inches. I want 3 inches of cover showing behind the pages, so my page is down to 33 inches. The inner spine area takes up another 4 inches, so we now have 29 inches to work with for the page top and page edges. If I have a 4 inch wide page edge slope, then I am left with 25 inches of page width to put artwork on. Does this look natural? Does there need to be "more pages showing"? If so, I would add in another inch for the slope, so it's more gradual, but I would lose 1 inch on the top. Play around until you find what looks natural to you.

After sketching out a design, we traced the final in sharpie, and cut it out with a utility knife. We then smoothed out the template by lightly sanding with sandpaper.

Something important to note that worked out well for us: I accidentally made my template tip to tip, 36 inches. This doesn't mean it was 36 inches wide, but with all the curves, it measured 36". You can measure the curves by guiding a string along the edges and then measuring the string. This measurement worked out perfectly because the butcher paper used to make the pages is 36" wide, so I didn't have to cut it or piece it together.

Step 3: 3D Foam Supports

3D Foam Supports

So the easy straight foam cuts are over, and it is time for some freehand cutting. The thing to keep in mind is, the very thing you need to cut through the foam is going to be your worst enemy. That big hunk of copper you chose for its thermal properties can easily melt through a part of the foam you don't want to melt through. I recommend until you are comfortable your method of foam cutting, leave a little extra foam around the edges of your cut. Remember, you can always trim something if it is too big. It's a real hassle to add material back.

Start by tracing one of the supports on the foam. Its best to only trace one at a time, as I went a little wild on some of my cuts and would have cut into another support if I had drawn them all out at the beginning. Next heat up your knife with the torch. Again less is more here; it's better to stop cutting and reheat your knife then to melt a hole in your project. I started on the flat bottom of the support, being very careful on the radiused portion where the support connects to the "spine" of the book. Go slow and make numerous small cuts. Reheat your knife as needed, and cut the top of your support. I found the best results was when we made one continuous cut. For the sharp corners I would stab into the material, pull out and pierce again at the other angle to get crisp clean corners.

As I mentioned, for our size book, six supports were needed; if you go bigger you may consider making more. After all six supports were cut, we made two groups of three and lined them up to see how much difference there was in size. If you've been super precise in your cuts they should be very similar. However, if you're like me, some cuts were off by a half inch. I used the smallest support as a pattern, traced along the edges, and trimmed the bigger supports down. Will a half inch of extra make a difference? Yes, always yes. Do your best to get these accurate now, as it'll make the whole book look so much more realistic when its all done, and it will be way easier to glue. Remember, not all six of the supports have to match perfectly, just the three supports on each individual side. Who says the book is opened exactly dead center anyways?

Some tips I learned as I went:

Never stop moving that hot knife. If you're done with a cut, pull your knife out so you don't melt something. If you have some jagged edges, you can heat up your knife and press the flat edge to it to clean it up. Don't be afraid to stop and readjust, especially if you're working by yourself. Lastly, make sure you don't have to twist or hold the knife in a weird angle to make your cuts.

Step 4: Book Covers Pt. 2

Book Covers Pt. 2

To make the book cover, we wanted to use the donated butcher paper we had (thank you teachers!). Since the paper is only 3 feet wide, we had to piece the paper together if we wanted to wrap it around a 3 foot wide page. Because of the amount of blue and white paper I had, I also had to piece different colors together. I figured that hardback books often have two different colors underneath the dust cover (think Harry Potter books), so I went with a large blue strip and a skinny white strip as the inner bind. I cut the paper into the following dimensions:

We then used packing tape to connect the sheets together. The tape will be on the INSIDE of the cover, closest to the 3D foam supports, so make sure if your paper has uglies on it, you face it up when taping. It is helpful to have someone hold the sheets together while you tape.

Before we wrap the paper around the 3' x 4' foam board, we need to remove the shiny silver paper on the foam. This, now bare, side will be face up when wrapping so the supports have something to glue onto in the next step.

Basically we are wrapping the foam board like a present that didn't have enough paper to cover it. (If you've done this, you know exactly what I'm talking about...). After placing the board, bare side up, on the paper, I folded opposite sides inwards and taped them down (yes, packing tape sticks well on the foam!), and then folded the other edges up as pictured - like a present.

Side Tip : Your cat will want to sit on the book while you work on the floor. Wait, this isn't a tip.... Just a fact.

Step 5: Attach 3D Page Supports

Attach 3D Page Supports

After wrapping your covers it's time to glue on the supports. We did some research on glue, and the easiest/fastest to use was Gorilla Glue. We used the white drying formula so any accidental seepage would be coverable. Gorilla Glue expands as it dries so this is a product that must be clamped into place; if you can't clamp (like in this case), you use weights. We first placed our supports in roughly the right spots and found a bunch of lumber to "clamp" (weigh down) down in place. A dry run with no glue is definitely needed as time is of the essence once glue is applied. We wanted to make sure the supports wouldn't crumple or topple over from the weight of the lumber.

We removed all the weight from our test clamp and started placing the supports in the correct spots. The next step was trimming away small sections of paper so the foam support can glue to the foam cover, rather than to wobbly butcher paper; this also creates better adhesion. When each support was in place, we lightly traced around where the support touched the cover. We removed the supports and drew rectangles about 1/8" to 1/4" smaller than the outline of the supports. We want to cut the paper a little short to insure it stays tucked and flat under the support. On the long strips, we left a little connector piece in the middle to keep the paper connected so everything stays flat.

Whatever glue you choose, follow the recommended instructions needed for application. For Gorilla Glue, this entails applying glue to one side (the cover) and then water to the other side (the supports). Gorilla Glue has a pretty long working time, and that time doesn't start until water comes into contact with the glue, but be deliberate with your actions and don't dally. Once all the supports for one cover are glued and in place, carefully apply your clamping material.

Don't run into the table you're gluing on, while you're trying to clean up your work area before being done for the night. After that, definitely don't watch in horror as your heavy weights/lumber topple and your supports get glue on surfaces where glue is not meant to be. And then don't rage about the injustice of it all while scrambling to get it re-set up while yelling to your significant other to come-help-please-quick!! I might've freaked out like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland... But not to worry... The excess glue wipes up with just a little water and didn't leave any residue behind.

Step 6: Pages


The next step is to create the pages/page edges. Instead of having a page top and another strip of paper attached to the slopes to create the page edges, we made it all in one sheet, which is comprised of thick poster paper taped together and covered with a large sheet of butcher paper. The poster board gives the page the stiffness to not bow or fall in between the foam supports, and the butcher paper gives it a smooth - book-page-like - look.

To create this giant sheet, I start by measuring the entire section it needs to cover. This includes the top of the top foam support down to the bottom of the bottom foam support and the the inner edge to the outer page edge slopes.

Our page & edges needed to be 36”x 44”.

We took poster paper and constructed a 36” x 44” area, cutting down poster board or scotch taping together where necessary. I then thinly modge podged (glued) over the poster board in small sections and rolled the butcher paper on top, smoothing along the way. The was not the prettiest way to attach paper to poster board, as the modge podge bubbled in some areas, but I used what I had. If I made another book, I would consider using a spray adhesive.

Now before you fill the pages with artwork, make sure you accommodate for the page edges. Let’s say my slope is 5 inches. While working on the right page, I can’t center my artwork until I’ve marked off 5 inches from the right side. You can actually draw a line to show where the page edges will begin. When adding artwork, it will look super funny and off center, but will look great once page lines are added.

The way you add artwork and/or text is up to you. It’s really helpful to use a projector if you find pictures online that you like or need help tracing a book font. I used a light pencil to draw my art and text.

When filling in text, it’s helpful to trace out the words in a thick sharpie before painting in the letters; the process goes much quicker and looks sharper. If I had a skinny black paint pen, then would’ve been ideal.

The next step is to make the page edges “look like page edges”. Since this prop is for photos, the lines need to be more obvious, farther apart, and more child-like. I took a long clear ruler and drew pencil lines .25” apart all the way up the left and right edges of the book. Afterwards, I folded the paper on the inner most line so the page had definition from the page edges. This also provides structure.

Step 7: Page Braces, Edge Finish, and Page Construction

Page Braces, Edge Finish, and Page Construction

Before attaching the pages, it's important to add simple poster board cross beam supports on top of the 3D foam supports. While everything is really light, the page still likes to fall in between the 3D foam supports. To combat this, I cut two pieces of poster board (two for each side of the book), gorilla glued them in the middle, and weighed them down while they dried.

Just in case someone saw the top or bottom of the book edges, I used the poster board support template to cut out 4 poster paper blanks that cover the foam supports. After making sure they were flipped in the right direction, I drew .25” lines on them as well. Since they probably wouldn’t be seen, I did not make sure they were perfect....as you can tell.

To adhere the top and bottom covers onto the foam supports, I tried tape, Modge Podge, and rubber cement. For a quick event where no one will touch the book, modge podge or glue might work "good enough", but rubber cement held on the best. I just ran out and had to improvise with other adhesives.

The last step is to attach the page to the supports. (Laying the page on the supports and it fitting perfectly was the most satisfying thing I have ever seen.) The most important thing to have lined up is the page's inner crease to the top support slope corners - in other words, align the outer edges first as opposed to the inside of the book. Since the inner edge is partially hidden, it can be a bit off.

While one of us held down one side of the page in place, the other lifted the opposite half and placed Gorilla Glue down the three supports. To secure the page and make sure it didn’t move while drying, we placed small nails into each of the supports. We then repeated the other side of the page.

Step 8: Book Construction and Setup

Book Construction and Setup

Unless your event is on site, you will not want to completely construct the book until you have arrived at your destination (unless you have a big vehicle). This book is 6’ x 4’ all together, so keep that in mind! Our event was at a country club, and the book pages are VERY LIGHT, so it was no problem stacking them on each other in the back of an SUV.

Once at the venue, we white-duct-taped the back seams together. Since the book was against a wall, no one would see the back anyways, but we made sure to use a tape color the same as the paper. The Dollar Store is a good place to get a small amount of colored duct tape.

To ensure the book was tall enough for photos, we placed it on two easels (one easel for each page). You could either leave the base bare or add a table cloth underneath like we did.

Lastly, I felt the left page was a tad bare, so I hot glued on a few 3D foam flowers to fit in with the theme.

This photo prop was a hit and used for hundreds of pictures!

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That is a great idea for holidays and party idea. Thank you


Cool idea. Thanks for sharing the build :)

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Building a giant book.

When I pulled the box off of the new mattress we bought a few weeks ago, I noticed that the cardboard was shaped like a giant book. An idea popped into my head for an image and so I decided to build a prop from the box that was used to deliver my new comfortable sleepy spot.

I’ll be shooting the concept next weekend and will share the image once it’s all complete. In the meantime, I thought I’d show you how the book was made.

I wanted it to look vintaged, so I set off on the great big internet to source inspiration. Click here to see one of my references.

The text will be added in post along with some finishing touches, but here’s the finished book:

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I bought fake brown leather for the material covering the edges as the cover and lining. It had a bit of a shine so it was sanded down with steel wool and then black washed.


I cut off a piece from an extra 6′ seamless paper backdrop to make the main two page spread. Using a tea/water solution, I wiped down the page many many times with a cloth to vintage the giant sheet of paper. Measuring out the span of the two pages, the additional length was cut off and into thin slices to make up the pages on either side of the main spread. They were run thru more tea water to add more curling to the page edges. Using a gold stamp pad, I gold leafed the edges of the paper (not noticeable, but I know it’s there) The additional filler pages were taped together at the back and then behind the main pages on either side.


In the center of the pages I added hemp rope as the gutter, which helps to separate the pages. I wanted the top page to curl in a little, I’ll have to fill that space in with a blank page in post. Other then that, I just needed to pose real cool beside it to show you the scale.

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Very cool – and super creative use of an everyday item.

Thank you! I’m excited to shoot the concept and share the results. Hope you’ll stop by again to see it in context.

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DIY Giant Storybook Tutorial for a Princess Party

How to make a giant princess book for your party decorations..

Princess Party: DIY Giant Storybook Tutorial.  Here’s an easy tutorial for making a large storybook prop or backdrop for your princess party.  This easy project gives you everything you need to create a fun book prop for your party.

Looking for more  princess party ideas ?  Check out this  princess party , this  Disney inspired princess party , these  princess party games , this  Frozen princess party , these  princess dress ideas  and this  princess crown tutorial !

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My daughter was adamant that she wanted “HER princesses” to be the theme of her party. She is very opinionated about parties, especially her own.  I guess it comes with the territory when you have a party planning mom:)  


☑️ This Disney Princess Party Kit is the perfect set to get your party planning headed in the right direction!  

In trying to create the perfect princess party palooza for her, I really wanted to focus on something unique.  

There are tons of princess parties out there, each one special and unique.  We opted for the princess stories themselves to be the focal point of the princess party.  Each princess’ story is woven through the party decor, food, colors, etc.  

It made sense to me to have an actual storybook be the center of the table.  So we (ok, my handy, crafty husband) made a giant storybook to display.

Storybook Tutorial Materials:

Storybook Tutorial Instructions:


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If you enjoyed this storybook tutorial, be sure to check out the  Castle Tutorial ,  Crown Tutorial , and  Storybook Tutorial that coordinate with this design. Looking for more  princess party ideas ?  Check out this  princess party , this  Disney inspired princess party , these  princess party games , this  Frozen princess party , these  princess dress ideas  and this  princess crown tutorial !

Here are some helpful links for throwing a princess party:

If you love this tutorial, please pin this image to your birthday Pinterest board:

Princess Party: DIY Giant Storybook Tutorial.  Here's an easy tutorial for making a large storybook prop or backdrop piece for your princess party.  Be sure to also check out the Crown Activity,  Castle Tutorial and Poison Candied Apple tips. #diy #tutorial #birthday #princess #party #partyideas #parties

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The Printable Storybook Princess Party Collection is available in my shop:

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Trick in the Books

Giant Book Decoration Tutorial

how to make a big giant book

I’ve had this giant gap of space above my wall of classroom cabinets the last two years. I’m decorating it, one little piece at a time. This week, I decided to create a giant copy of my favorite book. It is a showstopper (…so much so that my students won’t stop staring at it, when they should be looking at me).

The Supplies

how to make a big giant book

This was one of my cheapest projects to date. I bought 3 black foam boards from Dollar Tree and a pack of 10 white poster boards from Hobby Lobby. (It only took 6 of them.) I also used my Cricut and a roll of vinyl to create the text, but looking back, I don’t think that vinyl is necessary. I also used some blue poster board to create a blue cover (also probably not necessary).

The Book Cover

how to make a big giant book

The back of the book is just 2 black foam boards glued together. You could hot glue them together so that they make a V without the spine, or you can create your own spine like I did. I simply cut off a section of the the 3rd poster board (about 2 inches thick), bent it so that it looked like the curved edge of a book spine, and hot glued both foam boards to the spine. I could almost roll the spine. The more it is bent, the more it looks like a book cover. (The edges where I glued the boards are white, but it’s an easy fix with a black Sharpie.)

how to make a big giant book

To create the pages, I hot glued the white poster boards to the front of the book cover. For the first page, hot glue the poster boards at the center of the board so the that 2 poster edges are touching. Then hot glue the other edge of the poster about an inch from the edge of the foam board. This should create a slight bubble. This creates the illusion that it is an open book.

how to make a big giant book

Glue a second layer of poster boards with one edge meeting in the middle and the other edge about two inches from the edge of the foam board. It makes an even bigger bubble and makes it look like there are multiple pages. This picture is after I glued 2 poster boards (giant book pages) to each side of my book. My bubbles on the left side aren’t noticeable in the final product.

how to make a big giant book

Now here is the tricky part. I really wanted to add a professional looking text to my book, so I decided to do vinyl.

If you would like to go the vinyl route, here is what I did:

1- I downloaded Anne of Green Gables  in its digital version from Gutenberg.org  

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2- I took screenshots of the 2 pages I wanted to use (Mac: Shift-Command-4 PC: Windows+PrtScn).

3- I uploaded the images, deleted the white background, cut the vinyl, and stuck it on the book.

If that sounds like too much $$$ and effort to you… here’s what I wish I would have done:

1- Download the digital version of the book.

2- Tape the poster boards to my white board.

3- Project the digital book onto my whiteboard.

4-Trace the words with a Sharpie.

This seems like a cheaper and easier option. Either way, you’ll need to hot glue your final pages onto your book, and then you have a finished product.

♥  Mrs. Elder

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