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How to make an accordion book with cover tied by a ribbon (tutorial)

Would you like to learn how to make an accordion book with a cover  like this? Then, just follow this simple tutorial. It only takes 15 minutes to make one!

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Material

  • Cardstock (for the cover): 9cm X 17cm
  • Construction paper (for the pages): 9X12 in
  • Ribbon: 1/8mm works well.
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Rulers.

Let’s get started.

 

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1. Position your construction paper like this. Measure and draw a line at 3 inches mark.

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2. Fold the page to the 3 inches mark. You made a first crease.

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3. Fold the page to the 3 inch crease. Your paper now has 2 creases.

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4. Fold the paper in half like this. This is the result.

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5. Fold the bottom to the middle crease. This is the result.

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6. Fold the top to the middle crease. This is the result.

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6. Position your paper like this. Fold the two sides to the middle.

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7. This is the result. Squeeze the paper so the middle crease does a mountain fold. The result should be a “W”.

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8. Here’s another view of the accordion fold you should have now.

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9. Position your paper like this. Draw a thin line (illustrated here by a strip of paper) over three or the four squares in opposite direction. Here, on the first row, we are cutting square 2-4 ; on the second row, we are cutting 1-3.

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10. Cut each line (do not cut the last square!!!). This is the result.

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11. Start folding the book.  If you folded correctly. The book should fold itself.  (Now can you see why they call this a maze book?)

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12. You’ll end up with a square of paper. Hold the middle of the package. If you end up with a “bird” with two flaps like this, you folded correctly. The flaps will be the end paper of your book.

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13. Take your cover (9X17cm). Measure a ribbon 3 times the lenght of the book (3X17cm).

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14. Apply a line of glue in the centr eof the book, lenghtwise. Go to the very edge. Position your book. Glue the top page (this will be your end paper).

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15. Now glue the other flap. Your book is finished!

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16. Tie the ribbon. You are now ready to decorate your book with collage or rubber stamps. For example on how to decorate your book see this blog post:

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