A Tall Tale

Fairy Tales are a neglected genre in our library. With the movie based on Jack and the Beanstalk coming out, it seemed like a perfect time to feature them. Plus, my library assistant was ready to try out an idea that had been rambling around in her mind for a while – making a giant fake book with a giant beanstalk growing out of its pages up to the ceiling.

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The first part of the process was building a giant book. I believe this is a prop we can use over and over again so luckily my assistant and her hubby made it sturdy.  Here is a tutorial she wrote:


The first step is to cut out your front and back covers and book spine. We used old wood paneling found in the garage, and cut them into two 18″ by 24″ pieces. The spine was 4″ by 24″.

IMG_3210Cover the panels with the fabric of your choice. I found a fake leather piece of fabric in the remnant bin – score!

IMG_3211IMG_3215IMG_3214Lay the three pieces together then place another piece of fabric, right side down and slightly longer that the length, to span across all three pieces. Attach with staples, and fold down the top and bottom edges where the right side of fabric will be seen. Next, it’s time to cover the wood, and staples with a nice clean piece of poster board. We used a spray clue to stick to the wood and leather. Time to move into the garage for that.

IMG_3219IMG_3220IMG_3222IMG_3224Once the book cover was made, then the issue of pages presented.

IMG_3225 I originally wanted to display the book open with laminated sheets of white paper attached to it somehow, and then my giant beanstalk was going to be “growing” right out of the pages. Couldn’t figure that one out. We decided instead to use a big block of styrofoam, also found in the garage, and display the book standing up.


A few lines drawn on with a sharpie was good enough to depict the pages. A book title was taped on and then it was time to build the beanstalk.

IMG_3233IMG_5854The beanstalk was easy. Just twisted up some long sheets of green paper, cut out some leaves (I laminated them to keep them from ripping), taped them, and then taped the stock up to the ceiling.




4 thoughts on “A Tall Tale

  1. Genius! I’ve been looking for an instructable to make a giant faux book. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Very helpful! I want to make an Amped Up Version of the Bible for VBS because the stories of the Bible are soooo big! The spine had me stuck, so this was most helpful. Thank you so much!

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