How to Bind a Book With Rubber Bands

Bind your own books with a colorful rubber band and a dowel rod. The perfect project for children, papermaking enthusiasts, artists and those who love to journal, binding your handmade books with a rubber band and dowel rod is a fast but unique way to bind your pages. Simply punch two holes, string your rubber band, slip in the dowel rod and your simple bookbinding is done.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Hole punch
  • Rubber band
  • Dowel rod


    • 1

      Assemble your book pages between a front and back cover.

    • 2

      Punch two holes through all pages, one at the top left and one at the bottom left. Take care not to punch the holes too close to the edge.

    • 3

      Loop a thick rubber band of slightly shorter length than the distance between the two holes around the top of a thin dowel rod. The dowel should be approximately the length of the book pages. Thread the other end of the rubber band from front to back through the top hole.

    • 4

      Lay the dowel down along the left side of the book and bring the rubber band through the bottom hole from back to front and loop that end around the bottom end of the dowel.

Tips & Warnings

  • For a more colorful binding, use two or three rubber bands of different colors.
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