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How-Tuesday: Flag Book Cookbook

Aug 24, 2010

by Julie Schneider

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Truly, three of my favorite things in life include making books, eating food, and sharing recipes. The project for this week’s How-Tuesday is a delicious concoction composed of all three of these elements.

I’m happy to welcome artist, author, and collector of postcards Esther K. Smith back to the blog with a tutorial from her latest book, The Paper Bride.  Esther will also be joining us in person at Craft Night on Monday, September 13 for a real life bookbinding lesson and potluck at the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn, NY.

Bookbinder Hedi Kyle invented this amazing and very easy structure in the 1970s for a Center for Book Arts exhibit at the Elaine Benson Gallery in South Hampton, Long Island. Gary Frost, a bookbinder/historian named it the flag book. I sometimes call it “flip flap” after its lively sound and action.

The cookbook potluck bridal shower can be fun for people who cook — or people who can do creative things with the idea of recipes. A community cookbook we contributed to had a joke recipe for BBQ Elephant to serve 500 — ingredients: 1 elephant, 200 gallons of BBQ sauce.

Your shower invitation might advise guests to cook their favorite secret family recipe for the potluck. They can bring the food in kitchen items that will serve as gifts. If the bride needs a set of dishes — particularly a set of vintage dishes — those could even be used for the potluck.

Include a card for the recipe when you send the invitation, and perhaps a few extras in case someone makes a mistake. Tell guests to only write on one side, or make a clear margin so that they don’t write where you will need to attach the card to the book. You can do this with a piece of peel ’n’ stick double-stick tape.

You can purchase The Paper Bride right here on Etsy!

 

Materials:
Recipe cards — use index cards or cut your own from card stock
Heavy, foldable paper
Cover — raw book-binding board or museum board, or recycle old book covers, boxes, etc.
Double-stick tape or bookbinding paste or glue
Bone folder
Scissors
Decorative end papers (optional)

Directions:

1. Think about how many cards you will be including in this book before you begin — try making a quick dummy book from scrap paper to learn the form and try out some sizes and ideas. Your book will need an extra fold in the front and one in the back to attach to the cover.

2. Fold a narrow accordion from heavy, foldable paper. Make it tall enough to accommodate two to three recipe cards.

3. Make covers from plain board, or cover the board with book cloth or paper. If you are recycling, a cut-up box can continue the theme. Cut your cover boards big enough to accommodate the height of the narrow accordion plus the width of your cards (once they are attached).

4. Lay out your finished recipe cards on the accordion so that they look interesting and don’t bump when opened, alternating sides of the accordion and glue as shown.

5. Glue the accordion to the covers, burnishing well (as always!).

6. Cut decorative end sheets a bit smaller than the covered board and glue to hide bare board and raw edges of cloth.

7. Weight carefully and let dry overnight. If you are using a wet glue or paste, change waste sheets as necessary to absorb moisture.

Thank you to Esther K. Smith and the good folks at Potter Craft for sharing this project with us.
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The Paper Bride.

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67 comments

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 9 years ago

    I love tutorials! Thanks for sharing :)

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 9 years ago

    How wonderful. Thank you for this!

  • CatchTheEye

    CatchTheEye said 9 years ago

    This is a fantastic idea!

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 9 years ago

    This is so crafty and could really work for anything. I love this idea! Thank you for sharing!

  • EncourageCreations

    EncourageCreations said 9 years ago

    Great Share! love it.

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 9 years ago

    I love everything about this post. Wonderful and meaningful ideas.

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques said 9 years ago

    Love it!!! Thank you for sharing your great ideas.

  • buysomelove

    buysomelove said 9 years ago

    I LOVE it! Thanks for sharing fun tutorials! I should totally try this out with my son.

  • roseglen

    roseglen said 9 years ago

    I like the liquid shower variation

  • tstepien

    tstepien said 9 years ago

    Love the pyrex bowls!

  • poplovedesigns

    poplovedesigns said 9 years ago

    I adore that Flag-book idea, it could be so useful for all my fabric dye recipes! Though, I'd have to be sure not to leave it in the kitchen, I don't know how well alum goes with chicken salad... <3 Andrea

  • dabbledesigns

    dabbledesigns said 9 years ago

    How fun is this! I'm totally making one! Thanks :)

  • ZenAndCoffee

    ZenAndCoffee said 9 years ago

    These are fantastic! Great ideas and I love the tutorials! Thank you for sharing! ~Wren ZenAndCoffee.etsy.com Arm Warmers & Fingerless Gloves for all seasons & styles! <3

  • ZenAndCoffee

    ZenAndCoffee said 9 years ago

    LOL poplovedesigns! That made me smile. Thanks :P ~Wren ZenAndCoffee.etsy.com Arm Warmers & Fingerless Gloves for all seasons & styles! <3

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 9 years ago

    Fabulous!!!! thanks so much for sharing - i will definitely try this!

  • CircaCeramics

    CircaCeramics said 9 years ago

    Uh-oh - I think I may try this one! Thanks for posting it :) -Nancy

  • theuniquebird

    theuniquebird said 9 years ago

    Great idea!

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 9 years ago

    Love it, Thanks for Sharing!

  • jenniferdarezzo

    jenniferdarezzo said 9 years ago

    How fun!

  • Absurdious

    Absurdious said 9 years ago

    A super cool idea. I know I will have to give it a try and make one! Yeah! for new ideas! Thanks

  • OldTimePickers

    OldTimePickers said 9 years ago

    Fun tutorial!

  • miltonandmargies

    miltonandmargies said 9 years ago

    This is adorable! My mom and I, who are both craft-obsessed, keep talking about sharing recipes. This would be the perfect project!

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane said 9 years ago

    I love this "homey" and thoughtful gift! A TRUE gift to be kept forever!! Thanks for the great idea!!

  • LeafandInk

    LeafandInk said 9 years ago

    This takes me back to remembering all of the bridal showers I have been to and even thrown for others. Giving recipes in a book form is such a great way to bring a homey feel into a new marriage. The Liquor Shower/Party is a fantastic idea! I had never heard of that one. I really like the inclusion of gifts that go with a theme shower and including vintage gifts to boot! Now I must go shopping via all the wonderful items you have shared!

  • southernladysvintage

    southernladysvintage said 9 years ago

    Love the tutorials! A wonderful gift for anyone!

  • mommylion

    mommylion said 9 years ago

    Very creative idea!! Thanks!

  • accidentalcharm

    accidentalcharm said 9 years ago

    I have always been fascinated by book making. what a fun looking project. thanks so much!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 9 years ago

    I have never seen a flag book until just now. I love it! I might take all of my (barely used) recipe cards out of the box and make a flag book with them.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 9 years ago

    Super sweet ! Thanks !

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 9 years ago

    What a clever idea!

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts said 9 years ago

    That's cool, I might give it a go.

  • homemadepop

    homemadepop said 9 years ago

    i adore everything about this article....the content, the ideas, the illustrations....fantastic.

  • StringsnTings

    StringsnTings said 9 years ago

    Super cute idea!

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 9 years ago

    Great Idea! I have recipe cards from friends with cookie recipes. Nice way to keep them all in one place.

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 9 years ago

    what a cute idea...

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 9 years ago

    excellent how to illustrations. so adorable.

  • AnodynePress

    AnodynePress said 9 years ago

    A liquid shower! Awesome! How about for a housewarming, not just for people who get married? Also, kudos to the great explaination of flag book making, which is something I've only just started to experiment with. This is one of the best breakdowns of the process I've ever seen. Thanks!

  • sewnewthings

    sewnewthings said 9 years ago

    What a great idea

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 9 years ago

    Great idea! Thanks!

  • TheEvesLikeUs

    TheEvesLikeUs said 9 years ago

    Great idea! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 9 years ago

    What a cool idea, I am helping host a bridal shower this week and we were short on ideas but this came at a perfect time!

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop said 9 years ago

    Thank you for this tutorial!!!

  • rayovintage

    rayovintage said 9 years ago

    What a great idea!!

  • zmedceramics

    zmedceramics said 9 years ago

    i share your passion in eating food, and sharing recipes ... i don't make books but i make dishes to go with my food! i think dishes are an important part of presentation and unique dishes certainly add a nice flavor! thanks for sharing this!

  • PurgatoryPiePressINK

    PurgatoryPiePressINK said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much everyone for your sweet comments~ Don't tell anyone but THE PAPER BRIDE is a book arts/paper-craft book in brides clothing-- These ideas can work for birthdays, family (and school) reunions, anniversaries--pot luck dinners--fancy dinner parties--pretty much anything you can imagine. The projects make great gifts--some are fun to make with kids--we made group published projects with our children's elementary school classes--including a cookbook with pastepaper endsheets. Have fun with your flagbook cookbooks--send pix so we can all see them! Love, Esther

  • sofisticata

    sofisticata said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this one!! I love tutorials and cooking! This is a great idea!!!

  • NicoAndMooMoo

    NicoAndMooMoo said 9 years ago

    This How-Tue is so fun! Now I know what to do with my rainy day... I'll get started!!! YAY

  • adessojewelry

    adessojewelry said 9 years ago

    This is a wonderful post, so unique! Thank you for sharing these instructions and other great information, inspiring all of us.

  • funkeyfinds

    funkeyfinds said 9 years ago

    oh this is a great post! xo

  • polkadotshop

    polkadotshop said 9 years ago

    I can't wait to make this! The book sounds like it has cute ideas for everyone. Thanks for sharing!

  • WingsDove

    WingsDove said 9 years ago

    Awesome - I love things for the kitchen.

  • rollinindough

    rollinindough said 9 years ago

    Pretty neat idea! I can see many applicable uses for this with my school age kids. Thanks!!

  • SouthernBelleOOAK

    SouthernBelleOOAK said 9 years ago

    This is such a fascinating idea. I have never seen a flag book until just now. Thank you for sharing this.

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 9 years ago

    I love it!!!

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 9 years ago

    I'm going to make one of these cook books for my BFF... She'll love it!

  • jibbyandjuna

    jibbyandjuna said 9 years ago

    Love the flip flap book! I can think of lots of uses for the same idea. Thanks!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 9 years ago

    Looks really cool...I totally need to do this! Thanks!

  • MissChevious

    MissChevious said 9 years ago

    That's such a fantastic idea! I was thinking about doing cookbooks with my original recipes for Christmas gifts this year but wanted to have it in a creative format. I think I just found it!

  • treasuredarling

    treasuredarling said 9 years ago

    Great idea! I should try this!

  • Maggiesangels

    Maggiesangels said 9 years ago

    I love this idea! This will be wonderful as Christmas Gifts :)

  • KathyGDesigns

    KathyGDesigns said 9 years ago

    Cool! Can't wait to try this!

  • RedTeapotDesigns

    RedTeapotDesigns said 9 years ago

    I love this idea! Too bad I just bought a recipe card book :(

  • daisychaincolumbus

    daisychaincolumbus said 9 years ago

    I am starting on this today....LOOOOOVE it! What a fabulous way to start my own family recipe book.

  • ragsbysockmonkey

    ragsbysockmonkey said 9 years ago

    OMG great wedding present! So going to make one for myself and one for my newly married friends. Thanks for this awesome idea. I also love the idea of the potluck/craft party. Maybe I'll join you via virtual chat :).

  • demdesigns

    demdesigns said 9 years ago

    What a great idea for a shower gift. Especially for the 2nd time around bride or the person who has a house set up already. Thanks for the ideas.

  • vintageprecious

    vintageprecious said 9 years ago

    How fun!

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