After an exploration into the history of zines, you’re ready to make a zine of your own. Before starting your zine, identify the topic or topics you want to focus on. Maybe your zine is all images and no text – or vice versa?

Ask yourself what you're aiming to achieve through your zine. The answer to this question will help you to determine how you're going to want it to look, what materials you’ll want to use,

Zine Design

One of the most important things to think about when creating and putting together your zine is its design. While there is no real right or wrong in the art of zine making, having some kind of structure is helpful.

Layout: how will you incorporate printed images, drawings and text into your zine?

Images: how will you make your zine look interesting? Will you layer images and text? Use collage? Personal drawings? Both?

Mark making: Will you use handwriting, computer, stamps (or maybe something else entirely) when getting your message out? Brainstorm ways to make marks—Use a typewriter, computer, rubber stamps, handwriting.



  • White Computer Paper
  • Cover options
    • Kraft paper
    • Construction paper
    • Decorative paper
    • Washi paper


  • Long Arm Stapler
  • Needle and Thread

Drawing Utensils

  • Colored pencils
  • Pens
  • Markers
  • Stencils
  • Stamps
  • Watercolor

Collaging Materials to collect from:

  • Magazines
  • Books
  • Maps
  • Sheet music
  • Newspapers
  • stamps
  • Catalogues
  • Decorative papers


  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Tape
  • Stencils