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Zines for Teens

Get creative and make your very own zine.

What is a Zine?

Zines (short for magazine or fanzine) are self-published works that often incorporate both borrowed and handmade elements created through a mix of journaling, scrapbook, and collaging techniques to create an entirely new work.

Zines typically have a niche focus, which means you can decide to make yours about anything you like - choose one topic, or pick a few. They can also be storybooks.

Big, small, folded, sewn, glued, the great thing about zines is that there is no wrong way to make yours, so just settle in and let your creativity flow, and experiment.


Materials Needed For This Project

  • Paper in as many different colours and textures as you like
  • Scissors
  • Glue/ tape
  • Something to write/draw with - depending on what is available to you, this can be:
    • Markers
    • Pencils
    • Pens
    • Pencil crayons
    • Fine tip Sharpies


  • Cardstock
  • Tracing paper
  • Stapler
  • Single hole punch
  • Needle and thread for binding you zine
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • Stamps
  • Ink pads
  • Stencils
  • Stickers
  • Old or damaged magazines and books

Further Information & Inspiration

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Folding vs Binding

There are many different ways to create the pamphlet effect of your zine, but a couple of the most used techniques involve either folding or binder your pages together.

Page 2 of this Library of Congress resource provides a great step by step for a simple pamphlet stitch, which is a great place to start if you're interested in trying a stitched binding for your zine.

If you're interested in starting with a folded zine, then this WikiHow tutorial is very helpful. It also provides some tips for choosing art styles and orienting your zine.


Once you've decided on the the style and topic of the zine you want to make, you're ready to start!

Gather together all your materials and start drawing, collaging, and scrapbooking. You can find inspiration anywhere: old books, flyers, magazines, photos, cards, Pinterest, Instragram... anything that inspires you is fair game, so keep your eyes open and have fun!