This family travel diy autograph book craft idea was shared with us by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com.
Vacation time brings with it family travel and this year we’re headed to Walt Disney World for a little theme park fun. Wild rides and colourful parades will be part of our agenda as will meeting some of our favourite Disney characters.
In the past we’ve bought autograph books for the kids to bring but this year we decided to get crafty and make custom autograph books, with the help of Melissa & Doug’s extensive arts & craft supplies, plus a few recycled materials.
I’ve been stockpiling our cereal boxes (the ones with no printing on the inside) to use as the covers for our autograph books. Simply cut out one of the sides and fold it in half. The size of the box will determine the size of your autograph space (remembering the kids will be decorating the pages too). I like using cereal, cracker, or other type grocery boxes because they are readily available from the recycle bin and they’re easy for smaller hands to cut and fold.
With the boxes folded in half take some craft paper (we used white paper to make the art and signatures stand out more but you could use coloured paper too) and slide the stack inside so all the edges are touching the fold. The number of pages is dependent on how many autographs you want to collect. I suggest having autographs just on one side of the paper in case there is any bleed through. Once the paper is in the fold, close the cover and staple through everything. You can use scissors to trim up any edges or excess paper.
Now you have the basis for your autograph book and the fun begins.
We worked on our covers first. You might use colorful tape to embellish the cover, cover the staples and hide the cereal box print, if that’s the side showing. You can even add stickers or stamp a title on your cover.
My girls loved using Magic Velvet Stickers to create scenes or customize a page they were reserving for a specific character or princess. I loved the Mess-Free Glitter foam stickers. My oldest figured out a way of mixing colours to get a neat glitter treatment and there was no glittery mess on the table, floor or hands to clean up.
These DIY books were designed to collect autographs on our trip but they would work great as travel journals, memory keepers from a holiday with the family, even little photo albums. These books will not only store a moment in time from our family vacation but they capture a child’s current creative inspiration and skill. That makes them twice as lovely to me.
If you’re looking for other travel mementos, you might find inspiration from this list of 51 Travel Craft Ideas.