Domino Mini Book

by Kim Rippere

Dominoes are the covers of this mini accordion book.


  • Domino, regular size game piece
  • Modeling paste or other dimensional medium (Liquitex Light Modeling Paste used here)
  • Gesso (TriArt Clear Gesso used here)
  • Acrylic paint (Tattered Angels Olive High Impact Paint used here)
  • Glitter (Wow brand used here)
  • Acrylic sealer ( Aleene’s Spray Acrylic Sealer used here)
  • Patterned paper (Canvas Corp Brands - Farmhouse Christmas: Snowflakes Reverse on Kraft used here)
  • Cord or ribbon, 12 inches (Canvas Corp Brands Waxed Cotton Cord used here)
  • Dome studs (Canvas Corp Brand used here)
  • Glue (Aleene’s Tacky Glue used here)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (used here: Canvas Corp Brands Damask Printed Burlap, Farmhouse Christmas Patchwork on Kraft, Canvas Corp Brands Apothecary Labels - Blank and rubon letters; Tattered Angels Chalkboard – Mantis, flat back gem)


  1. Step 1

    Prepare the surfaces of two dominoes by brushing two coats of modeling paste over the dot side of the dominoes.

  2. Apply one coat of gesso on all sides.

    For an alternate method for coloring your dominoes, see our Altered Game Pieces tutorial here.

  3. Step 2

    Apply acrylic paint to all sides.

    For the most part, this ends up being covered. No need for perfection, just provide background color in case some area peeks through.

  4. Step 3

    Decorate edges (glitter used for sample – microbeads, metallic paint or tape could also be used.)

    Seal the dominoes on all sides with an acrylic sealer or varnish.

  5. Step 4

    Decide which domino is the front of the book and embellish the cover. If desired, embellish the back cover.

    Fabric, decoupage, die cuts, or papers could be used for this step (burlap used here).

  6. Step 5

    Cut the paper insert to 3" x 12" and score at 1 1/2" along the length of the paper.

    Score vertically every 3/4".

    Fold along the 1 1/2" score, and fold accordion-style along the 3/4" score lines. Crease well.

    These measurements may need to be adjusted according to the size of your dominoes.

  7. Step 6

    Adhere the insides together with tape or glue. Fold as before and crease all score lines.

  8. Step 7

    Color the edges with ink pad or markers.

  9. Embellish the insert as desired, using stickers, stamping, die cuts, decoupage, etc. The front and back can be decorated.

    One side of the end flaps will be glued to the domino; make sure the embellishments will be visible.

  10. Step 8

    Cut 12 inches of cording. Color with spray mists if desired. Finish ends with simple knots or jewelry findings.

  11. Step 9

    Adhere the closure on the inside of the front domino cover.

  12. Adhere the ends of the accordion folded pages to the front and back domino, over the closure.

  13. Step 10

    Clamp the project until dry.

  14. Step 11

    Attach dome studs for feet, or other embellishments along the sides as desired.

  15. Step 12

    Complete the project.

  16. NOTES:
    --The pages in the book may be any length.
    --The back of the pages may also be decorated.
    --Thicker embellishments create a thicker book. If you are using a closure make sure it is big enough to close the book.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Domino Mini Book. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

What a darling project! Could even be used as an ornament on a tree. Thanks for the great tutorial.
Meg McAlister  |  Tue Nov 10, 2015 at 3:52 AM
OM! I love this so much, Kim! I've made these before but never so fancy smancy as yours! Now I'm itching to find my dominoes smile
KellyJean Gettelfinger  |  Tue Nov 10, 2015 at 9:03 AM
My DH will have my head if I use a good domino from our set so I will run up to the thrift store to look for some! LOL can't wait to try.
muscrat  |  Tue Nov 10, 2015 at 10:51 AM

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