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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!





  • 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!


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.

How to make handmade paper without a blender

0 IMG_4237After cutting out the petals for my cherry blossom zine, I had lots of pink paper scraps left so I decided to make handmade paper at home using the a small deckle and mould that came with a greeting cards making kit.

On the web, it seemed lots of people are using a blender to make the pulp, but my friends warned me that wet paper can ruin the blades of your blender: they suggested I buy a second-hand blender just for the purpose of making paper.

However, as someone pointed out, people have been making paper for thousands of years (way before blenders were invented!), so I researched further and it seems there’s a way to make paper without a blender: you just have to soak it longer.

How to make paper at home without a blender

What you’ll need:

  • scrap paper (construction paper, photocopy paer, newspaper, junk mail)
  • small bucket or bowl to soak the paper
  • decker and mould (you can create your own, or use the following alternatives: a tupperwear lid covered with plastic, or use two sieve to make round paper)
  • shallow pan
  • pieces of felt (or paper towels or absorbant fabric)
  • sponge

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Day 1

1. Take paper scraps (I used regular pink photocopy paper) and shred it in pieces of 3.5cm (1 inch) by hand. Don’t cut it with scissors, it won’t work as well. Yes, it takes a long time.

2. Put the scraps of paper in a small bucket. Fill the bucket with cold water (enough to cover the paper) and soak overnight.

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 Day 2

The next day, you’ll find the paper is starting to break down, but there’s still big chunks in it.

3. Throughout the day, mix with your hands or use a whisk to break down the pulp more. (Somebody on YouTube was putting the mixture in a water bottle with marbles and shaking it to break the pulp).

When the pulp is soft and there are no big chunks left, you are ready to make paper. The finished mixture should have the consistency of oatmeal. (Because you are not using a blender, the mixture will be thick).

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4.  Pour some pulp in your mould. (My mixture was thick enough I could just transfer it by hand). Make sure to fill the corners and the surface evenly.  At this stage, you can add sparkles or leaves or flowers to the paper surface for a nice effect.

5. Let the water drip.

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6.  Remove the deckle.

7. Prepare to transfer from your deckle onto a piece of felt or fabric.

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8. Transfer the pulp from the mould to the felt or fabric.

9. Cover the pulp with another piece of felt. Press a sponge to remove excess water. (Some people on the internet are using the “press” method: place your paper covered in fabric between two pieces of wood and put heavy books on top. Let the water come out for about 30 minutes).


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10. Remove the top felt.

11. Transfer the handmade paper on another piece of felt (or newspaper). Let it dry overnight (for thin paper) or two days (thick paper).  Some people say you can put the paper between two sheets of felt and iron it dry – until it stops hissing – but that didn’t work for me.


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Day 3

12. After I let the paper dry overnight, this is what it looked like: the thin paper is already dry (you can see the dry sheets are pale pink), but the thick paper will take another day to dry.


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You are ready to use your beautiful handmade paper!


All photos: Jessica Tremblay 2014