How to make a zine

a guide to making your very own awesome zine

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Making a zine can be a simple and inexpensive process. Here are the basic steps to create a zine:

Decide on a topic:

Your zine can be about anything that interests you. It can be a collection of artwork, writing, poetry, photography or a combination of all.

Create content:

You can use your own artwork, writing or photography, or include contributions from friends or other artists.

Determine the size and layout:

You can use standard paper sizes like 8.5x11 inches or create a smaller, more unique size. Decide on the layout of your zine, including how many pages it will have and how the content will be arranged. Use software like Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, or Microsoft Publisher, or even a simple word processor like Microsoft Word to design the layout.

Print and fold:

Once you have your content and layout ready, print it out on your home printer or at a print shop. Then fold the pages in half, this is called a "folded zine."

(Optional) Staple or Sew:

To make your zine look more professional, you can staple or sew the pages together. This is called a "stapled zine" or a "perfect bound zine" respectively.


You can distribute your zine by handing it out to friends, selling it at zine fairs or independent bookstores, or by mailing it to zine distros (distributors).

(Optional) Repeat:

You can make as many copies of your zine as you want and distribute it widely.

It's also worth mentioning that you don't have to stick to the traditional paper format and the steps above can be adapted to create digital zines or those that use other materials like fabric or even food.