Using the appropriate pegboard for your project, arrange the beads to create your design. It might help to use a piece of paper to sketch out or cut out a pattern. If you are making a book, be sure to leave open spaces for ribbon, jute or book rings. When the design is as desired, follow package directions to fuse the beads together. Create a second piece if you are making a fused bead back for your book.
Trace the fused creation on mat board. Use craft knife to cut out design just inside the traced lines. Use that piece to trace a back of the book out of mat board. Punch holes to line up with the holes in the fused piece. Use permanent glue to adhere the fused piece to the corresponding mat board pieces. Allow drying.
The contents of the book can be handwritten or computer generated. Create a pattern for the inside pages of your book. If handwriting or cutting and pasting the contents, cut the number of pages needed from cardstock. Computer generated content should be cut after being printed. Punch holes for the jute, ribbon or book rings.
To give an aged look to pages, sponge ink along the edges. Add any details such as the “apple seeds’ used in the example.
Use jute, ribbon or book rings to create a binding for the book. Be sure to keep it loose enough that the pages are easy to turn.
If desired, create a bag or holder for your book. A burlap bag was decorated and recycled for the example as an object lesson to show another way to recycle materials as Johnny Appleseed recycled coffee bags as clothing.