You may have read about the little one sheet DIY pocket books I learned to make from John Reinhart in a past post. I thought this would be a good time for a refresher.

These are fun to make, a cheap and effective giveaway and the perfect way to celebrate Poem In Your Pocket Day on April 26. I’m making a batch right now to pin on random bulletin boards, slip in books and (per Reinhart tradition) under ashtrays.

One folded, sheet of paper—no glue or staples needed—and you can have a tiny chapbook to pass out. Here’s a video to show how to fold them and an Instructable explaining the template. You can also read the original post I did on these back in 2017 here.

I have used these as giveaways at readings, in place of business cards, pasted on the front of greeting cards, and as random acts of poetry. What ways can you think to use these?

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher, and author with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She co-publishes Space and Time magazine with author husband Ryan Aussie Smith. For more information visit
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