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!
- Cardstock (for the cover): 9cm X 17cm
- Construction paper (for the pages): 9X12 in
- Ribbon: 1/8mm works well.
- Glue stick
Let’s get started.
1. Position your construction paper like this. Measure and draw a line at 3 inches mark.
2. Fold the page to the 3 inches mark. You made a first crease.
3. Fold the page to the 3 inch crease. Your paper now has 2 creases.
4. Fold the paper in half like this. This is the result.
5. Fold the bottom to the middle crease. This is the result.
6. Fold the top to the middle crease. This is the result.
6. Position your paper like this. Fold the two sides to the middle.
7. This is the result. Squeeze the paper so the middle crease does a mountain fold. The result should be a “W”.
8. Here’s another view of the accordion fold you should have now.
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.
10. Cut each line (do not cut the last square!!!). This is the result.
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?)
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.
13. Take your cover (9X17cm). Measure a ribbon 3 times the lenght of the book (3X17cm).
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).
15. Now glue the other flap. Your book is finished!
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:
Sakura Days Japan Fair Bookmaking workshop.