Custom Coloring Books

C Book Crayons

My first born is about to turn 2.  This year has flown by.  I really wanted to throw a party, but with so many other events and preparing for Baby #2, we decided to nix the b-day party and go to Disneyland at the end of the month instead! Let’s be honest, she’ll have way more fun riding rides and seeing Minnie Mouse…

But, since I still had to do something for her and her little friends, I decided to make cupcakes for our Life Group that meets during the week, and do a little impromptu early birthday singing.

Along with the cupcakes, I made these super fun and simple party favors:


I absolutely love this idea and how the books turned out! What made them super special was that all the coloring pages were actual pictures of all the kids in the group!  It’s so fun to color your friend’s hair green!

C Book Collage

There are a lot of tutorials out there for this kind of thing using various softwares and methods (some that can even make a coloring page for you!).  I used Photoshop.


  • Open a new doc with the picture you want to turn into a coloring page
  • Double check and make sure your colors are set to black and white (the squares in the bottom left of your toolbar)
  • The go to the “Filter” menu and click on “Filter Gallery” and then click “Sketch”
  • Select the option “Photocopy”
  • You will have slide bars where you can change the detail and darkness of the picture
  • To clean up or erase unwanted black splotches (like on the face, clothes, or background), take your paint brush, set to white, and brush over what you don’t want.
  • Boom.  Custom coloring page.

(After that, I created a new 8.5×11 doc and copied over the picture on one half, and added the kid’s name and fun shapes on the other half)

coloring pages

To assemble:

  • Print out your coloring pages. Again, I used 8.5×11 paper, one half of the page with the kid’s name and some shapes, the other half with the picture of the kid.  That way I could just fold the pages down the middle.

(I didn’t have time to double side the coloring pages, but feel free to get as fancy as you want)

  • I folded each page in half, and stacked them together to form a book.
  • Made a simple cover page
  • Hole-punched two holes on the folded sides and tied them all together with butcher’s twine
  • Then I tied on a couple crayons with each book.

They are so fun, and the kids (and parents) loved to see themselves and all their buddies! (and scribble on their faces, of course)

(I might have made another coloring page of grandpa’s face for my daughter to color for his birthday present from her! So easy and he loved it! And my daughter loved coloring Papa’s beard!)

Happy early birthday, my sweetie-bug! Can’t believe you are almost 2!!




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