Mini Book Ornament and Haiku

Posted by on Dec 7, 2012 in Creative Exercises, Haiku My Heart, My techniques, Tutorial | 28 comments

I have been making book ornaments for about 15 years. I love books, love the holidays and what is not to love about combining the two? This year was special because I got to decorated them with papers I made with my new stencils.

I started with a saturated piece of paste paper.

Added a layer of Silks (acrylic glazes) using my stencils.

I kept adding layers until I was satisfied. Love that.

Did a few more papers.

And a few more.

For this project you need:

2 pieces decorative paper 3″ x 3″
2 pieces mat board 2.5″ x 2.5″
1 piece colored paper for text block 2.25 x 18″
1 piece of ribbon, lightweight, 24″
Beads with large holes
Stencils (Mine are preferred, of course!)
Writing tool. I used a Micron pen.


Cover the mat board with the paper you just made.

Cut the paper a bit away from the corners

Fold the edges and glue

Fold the ribbon in half, and tie it in a knot at the top, making a 3″ loop. Put a strip of glue down the middle of each of the cover boards.

Glue the ribbon to the boards

Fold your text sheet into 8 panels, an accordion fold. On my text block, I wrote words that come to mind for me this season.

I made another one and had my family members write things they were grateful for in 2012. I think we will do this every year. My son was grateful for girls. My daughter is grateful for German boyfriends.


Glue the text block into the covers, on top of the ribbon. Just glue the first panel and the last.

String beads on the bottom of the ribbon, leaving enough room to tie the books at the bottom to keep them closed.

Then hang ’em up!

I will leave you with this holiday Haiku.

Fill my heart and mind
With true purpose, joy, light
And let me share all.

For More Haiku My Heart

Love to all of you,





  1. These are beautiful!

    • High praise from someone whose work I so admire! Thanks Ingrid!

  2. What a wonderful ornament you have created! I love your idea of writing down what you are/were grateful for during the year.

    Your haiku is as beautiful as your ornament!

    • What a lovely thing to say. Thank you Delphyne.

  3. Art with real Heart 🙂

  4. I love books …especially accordian style, and loved the tutorial. Special words tucked inside these beautiful decorations. I also love your stencils! Thanks

    • So glad you love the stencils Kim!

  5. Gorgeous–love the ornaments and your haiku.

  6. Beautiful little gifties ! And a sweet celebration haiku !
    Happy Friday and happy Creating !

  7. So Incredibly Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How did you make the stars on the covers of your book ornaments?

    • They are stickers, vintage paper stars from Germany. So glad you like!

  8. These are the kind of ornaments that become family treasures!

  9. Wow! These ar (A Creative Harbor) ~ aka ‘artmusedog’ e so beautiful ~ and representative of your faith ~ a treasure ~ (A Creative Harbor) ~ aka ‘artmusedog’

  10. Hi Jill – I love this activity — great to do with older kids. I put your link on my Facebook page so my FB friends could see your great idea.

  11. Do you sell those stencils, love them love the whole idea of the books. I did some with my Art classes I teach and we put the element of Art in one and Principals of Design in the other and they had to work in their own designs to illustrate both.
    The turned out great! But thanks for sharing your books to be grateful! Anne

  12. Beautiful idea,
    lovely little books
    and a haiku prayer♥

  13. The best sort of joy and light – the sort that is reflect back and shared with all.

  14. Excellent texture for the book covers… will plan do this project with my nephew and his girlfriend…

  15. I am speechless in the face of such beauty.

    Last Night’s Tea Flowers

  16. You make it look so simple, and so elegant! I am going to *GULP* try this with my sixth graders.

  17. Oh, thank you so much for the lovely post 🙂 I just made two and I am now addicted! lol I am making them for an upcoming challenge and I hope it is ok to link your blog to my post. It will be next week…
    best, jane

  18. These are beautiful. Thank you for the detailed instructions.

  19. love. Love. LOVE.

  20. You always do such special and meaningful art! Love these Jill!
    Happy Holidays, Sanna

  21. So sweet Jill! Thanks for sharing.

  22. I love these little books Jill!

  23. Oh these are lovely! What a great idea! I see you have been very busy…

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