Hello again, and welcome to the October edition of Geeks and Crafts! This month, I’ll show you how to make a miniature zine out of one sheet of paper. Although some of you might not be familiar with them, zines are quintessentially geek-girl-y. The first zines were places for fans, especially female fans, of things like sci-fi to share their thoughts and fan-works. The most commonly believed origin story of slash fan fiction is that it came out of Kirk/Spock stories printed in Star Trek fanzines! So follow along to create your very own tiny zine and become a part of a true geek girl legacy.

You only need three things to make this:

  • one sheet of paper (I used plain printer paper)
  • scissors
  • a bone folder (optional)

One-Sheet Mini-Zine Supplies

Step 1: Fold the paper in half longways. Crease well and unfold.

One-Sheet Mini-Zine Step 1

Step 2: Fold the paper in half short-ways. Crease well and unfold.

One-Sheet Mini-Zine Step 2

Step 3: Flip over the paper and fold each short end into the middle crease you made it step 2. Crease well and unfold.

One-Sheet Mini-Zine Step 3

Step 4: Refold as in step 2 and cut in from the folded side to the center along the crease you made in step 1. Unfold.

One-Sheet Mini-Zine Step 4

Step 5: Refold as in step 1, the push in the ends so the parts in the middle separate, as indicated by the arrows. You should see your pages form.

One-Sheet Mini-Zine Step 5

Step 6: Close the zine as indicated by the arrows to make it into a little book consisting of front and back covers and 6 inside pages.

One-Sheet Mini-Zine Step 6

Step 7: Decorate it! The easiest way to do this is to number the pages, unfold it, fill it up, and then fold it back together.

Finished One-Sheet Mini-Zine

Some ideas for what to put in your zine:

  • Make an “about me” book for a new (or old) pen pal!
  • Label each page with a day of the week and write down to-do lists or do a daily doodle.
  • Stick in tiny photos and make a little scrapbook.
  • Personally, I plan on making a couple of mini-zines to include in the next few letters I send to my own pen pals! I’m not sure what they’ll be about yet, though. Any suggestions?

    As usual, please let me know if you make something with this tutorial! I would love to see your geek-girl crafting skills! And I’ll see you next month for another edition of Geeks and Crafts!