Toddler Wooden Picture Book

Toddler wooden word book

My Little Button is really into books and her vocabulary seems to be growing by the day. To help her learn, I made her her own wooden picture book full of all her favourite things right now. I took inspiration from here in the construction of the book and found once the wood was cut to size the assembling of the book was simple.

What you’ll need:

  • Twelve 5 x 5 inch plywood squares (4mm thick)
  • Sandpaper
  • Photos printed on photo paper, to measure 5 x 5 inches
  • White duct tape
  • Permanent spray adhesive
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Craft knife

toddler board book DIY

1. Sand down your plywood squares so there are no rough edges. Before printing your photos, you may want to add text to the images. I used the free editing website picmonkey. Once you have your photos and board ready it’s time to assemble the book.

toddler board book DIY toddler board book DIY

2. Using duct tape, tape each page together and trim any excess tape using a craft knife.

toddler board book DIY toddler board book DIY

3. Duct tape the spine to bind all the pages together.

toddler board book DIY toddler board book DIY

toddler board book DIY

4. Using permanent spray adhesive, spray the back of each photo making sure you get into the edges. Leave the glue until it goes tacky (I left it about 30 seconds) and then place it onto your board. Wait for the glue to set before turning over to the next double page.

toddler board book DIY

5. Once the inside pages are dry, attach the front and back covers as above.

toddler board book DIY

6. Using a sharp craft knife, trim any excess paper off each of the boards. I then very gently used sandpaper on each of the edges to remove any excess glue.

toddler board book DIY toddler board book DIY

7. Paint the edges of the book (not the spine) using acrylic paint.

toddler board book DIY

I found this book very satisfying to make – and hopefully it will act as a great reminder of what my Little Button liked at this age. Best of all, she actually squealed when she saw herself on the front cover!
~ Laura xx ~

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