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Paper Projects: A Folding Book

If you, like me, have very few craft items on hand, you can still make a homemade book. The book I’m going to show you today is made with just a few simple items. You will need paper, some kind of ribbon or string, an empty pasteboard box (cereal box type), glue, and scissors. In lieu of scissors I’m using my paper cutter, but scissors will work just as well.

The first thing you need to do is cut your paper so it is square. A simple 8.5″ X 8.5″ will do. Next you’re going to cut your box so you have two 4.25″ X 4.25″ squares. These will be your book cover.

Next, we’re on to folding the paper. Start by bringing one corner of your firs sheet of paper to the opposite corner and folding it into a triangle.

Next, you’ll want to unfold your paper so the crease is facing up.

Then you’ll want to fold your paper in half one way, unfold it and refold it in half the other way. This will create a paper with 4 equal squares, two of them having a crease down the middle.

Now comes the trickiest part. You’re going to bring together the two points that have diagonal creases in them (seen above.) This should form a folded square of paper that is 4.25″ X 4.25″. If you’ve done origami before, you should be familiar with this folding technique. When you’re finished, it should look like this:

Repeat this folding technique with each square piece of paper you have until they are all folded. Once you have them all folded, you are going to glue them together , placing ne on top of another, with their openings all facing the same direction.

Next you’ll cut a piece of ribbon long enough to wrap around the outside of your stack diagonally and have room left to tie it into a bow. You’ll want to glue this ribbon to the outside of your stack, folding the end around the corner with no openings.

Then you can glue on your pasteboard squares to make your cover, and you’re done!

Now you have a book whose pages fold out one at a time that you can decorate or use to keep your biggest secrets.

Happy writing!

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