Sunday, January 20, 2013

"Out to Lunch" Books

I was kicking around some unique book ideas this fall and here are a few  I came up with.

Now I know it's not the healthiest example but what kid doesn't like french fries once and a while!

When you pull the fries out you have the pages of your book connected by a chain.

This is a sandwich book, which could easily be a hamburger, taco, or even a wrap (that could be a scroll book).

Let's start with the french fry book.


- corrugated cardboard
- yellow and red liquid tempera or acrylic
- disk tempera paint
- container template
- cardstock or manila tag
- yellow and white paper
- printed text from the computer or hand written
- glue
- ball and chain connector (you can find these at the Hardware store)


Using the template trace the container shape onto a piece of manila tag or cardstock.

Cut out.

Using disk tempera paint some yellow stripes on the inside of the container shape.

Paint the other side red.

Set aside to dry

Take your corrugated cardboard and cut into long rectangles.  Make them all slightly different lengths.

Paint both sides with the yellow liquid tempera or acrylic.

Set aside to dry.

Type out your story/poem on the computer or hand letter.

Paint with yellow disk tempera.

Cut your sentences out and glue onto the fries.

Poke a hole in the bottom of each fry with an awl.  Thread a chain thru the fries in the order of the story or poem.

I collect these ball and chains.  It seems every new pair of pants, shirt, etc seems to have one of these to attach the brand tag.  It is very easy to recycle these.

Attach a label to the front of your container.  This is your title.

Crease the fold lines with a bone folder or ruler.

Put some glue on the side seams.  Fold the container together.

Your container should look like this.

Place your fries chain side first into the container.

The sandwich book is made up of pages that represent the layers.

You need a piece of paper for each layer.

Cut a double page for the layer.  You can see my lettuce page here.  It is one large page folded.

Your double page doesn't necessarily have to have the same shape on both sides.  I could have cut a lettuce slice on one side and then a cheese slice on the other.  Just maintain that fold so you can staple it all together.

Put all the layers together and then staple, glue, or even sew along the middle fold.

Here is another of these layered books I have made with Grade 3 that shows the layers of the earth.

and last year I showed you this heart book that is a similar layered book.

Hope you enjoy the book projects and I'll see you next time.


  1. Love these books ... great projects to know about when kids are coming to visit, and just for me to play with.

  2. Wow! These are great! My students love anything to do with food, so this might be something I should show them :)

  3. So much fun! Love the sandwich book...we are about to start a semester of botany and I think i could work in a fun book project like this using flowers...thanks for sharing

  4. I wondered what your paint technique was for making the earth book.

    1. Hi Jessica,
      It's just disk tempera and a little pastel resist.

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    Thanks for a great idea!