bc004 ~ Ballad of the Lost Hare Tutorial

Ballad of the Lost Hare,
by Margaret Sidney [pseud.]
Published/Created: Boston, D. Lothrop, c1882
Product No. bc001-bc004
This is a 1" dollhouse scale (1:12) DIY kit

Required tools and supplies:

  • X-acto knife and fresh blade

  • A thin metal straight-edge ruler. Make fold lines by pressing against edge of the ruler.

  • Tweezers, detailing scissors

  • Good cutting mat

  • Small black office clips

  • Fast-grab, quick-dry white craft glue that dries clear, and a glue stick

  • Small piece of aluminum foil to use as a glue pot

  • Slender artist's paint brush to apply glue



1. Cut out all pieces. DO NOT CUT FRONT AND BACK COVERS APART! Fan fold each of the three long page strips taking care that the raw edges line up perfectly. Blank sides—not printed sides—must always meet when fan-folding.




2. Use the glue stick and press two lines of glue to the length of one of the page strips. One line should be applied to each edge of the length of the strip.

3. Carefully press the blank sides to the glue to make 4 two-sided pages. PRESS ONE PAGE AT A TIME. Repeat these two steps on the other two page strips.

4. Stack the three sets of pages on each other, with care that the pages are in proper order when read as a book. Clip the black binder clip to the “natural” opening edge of the book. Use a piece of cardstock under the clip's clamp edges to ensure that the metal doesn't dent the books pages.

5. Use the artist's brush and slather a nice thick coat of quick-dry glue to the binder edges of the book's pages. Allow to dry thoroughly.

6. Take the book's cover and carefully fold the six edges of the cover. You'll want to use your metal straight-edge to start the creases to ensure straightness. Make sure the corner diagonal seams meet. This will demonstrate to you that the six edge folds have been done properly.

7. Glue the six edge folds in place using the quick-dry glue and artist's brush to apply it.

8. Paint a nice thin layer of glue to the inner leaf (the one with copyright notice), taking care to meet the glue to the edges of the piece. Align and press the piece to the inside surface of the cover's back. Repeat this step for the front cover's inner leaf.

9. Take the cover's spine piece and place against the cover. Fold down the two tabs. This gives you a good-fit indication before gluing it in place.

10. Paint a layer of glue to the blank side of the spine. Take extra care to paint glue right up to the edges. Align and press carefully in place. Don't bend the cover until you are sure that the glue is absolutely dry.

11.  This photo displays the two spine tabs being glued into place.


12.  Position the straight-edge against the fold line along one side of the spine, and then crease the spine edge. Repeat this step for the other spine edge.

13.  Remove the clip for the stack of book pages. Paint another thick coat of quick-dry glue to the spine area.

14.  Line up the glued side of the pages with the inside spine area of the cover. Make contact with the spine, but do not close the cover against the pages. Closing the cover will increase the likelihood that the cover will become glued to the first and last book pages. To avoid this problem, but maintain contact between the spine and pages, prop the book loosely between two objects. As the case is with this demonstration, two keys on the PC's keyboard have been used—the Backspace and the Cursor keypad. Allow to dry thoroughly.

15.  The final touch is to add the dust jacket. Align the text on the dust jacket's spine with the actual spine of the book and hold in place. With your other hand, press a crease along the dust jacket flap on front and back. Release and then fold completely along the two edges and finish the wrap.
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