I recently saw the following instructable on how to fold book pages into a number and it caught my attention.  Instead of just a number I wanted to do a word or image.  I love reading and thought this would make good gifts for friends.  In particular is a couple with a huge collection of books that hosts monthly game nights.  They make everyone feel welcome and I thought this would be a great gift for them.

The instructable said to draw the image on the book; my problem is a word or image might get complicated and I am horrible at drawing.  Searching the internet  led to several images but no English instructions.  I did find this page in French and used the screenshots to recreate instructions for folding using a graphics program I had available.  It has also been posted as an instructable.

The beauty of this project is its simplicity.  The image is made by simply folding the two corners of each page.  No cutting, gluing, or special equipment needed.

**NOTE**  When trying to find instructions for book folding I found the above referenced page in French, did not see the translation.  I used the screenshots to infer the method but did not originally reference that page.  That was wrong of me and the author has my apologies.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

Ruler- I used an engineering scale with 1/10th inch markings for ease of measuring
Pencil or pen
Plastic or stiff paper for folding template
Computer with basic graphics program
How in the world can I make that!?!?
I am having trouble with this project. Anyone care to help me via email or facebook? Thanks!
Please look on Debbie Moore Designs her Cds have about 10 different designs that can be done in a few days my 1st took 3 days it's so simple you wouldn't believe
<p>I am looking for the Debbi Moore CD and it is not on her website.</p>
After much trial and error I finally made my own pattern!! Thank you for getting me started doing this awesome craft :)
<p>That's really kewl!</p>
<p>Is there any chance you could create an Instructable written by a native English speaker? It shouldn't be that difficult, but this one has so many omissions and assumptions that my laptop is about to fly through the wall.</p>
<p>Is there a difference between the positive numbers and the negative numbers?</p>
Hi ive just finished the heart book fold is there anythin i can use to make the heart red?
<p>paint the ends of the pages</p>
<p>Thank you for the instructions I can't wait to start.</p>
I highly highly highly recommend looking on Debbie Moore Designs website she has devised several computer Cd programmes which have at least ten words on its that simple I done the word love with a heart for the o in 3 days it's that simple to understand honestly it's worth it
<p>my pattern is going up in twos I.e 9,11,13 do I miss those pages and not fold</p>
I made this but I am having trouble making a hole in letters like O and A
<p>Ive never used paint.net - would anyone be able to help with the steps regarding the graphical design programme used on here? I have no idea how to use this software so I don't know how to even create the word in there in the first place.......help anyone?</p>
<p>How did you do the O like the hollow part in the middle did you cut it then fold the inside or what please respond.</p>
<p>Here you can create your own graphical pattern for free, to fold your own name. <br></p><p>http://www.orime.de/vorlagenprogramm/registrierung.php</p>
<p>i did a heart, very simple, and used a red crayon to color the space left in between the folds, if the book is placed at an angle you see a solid red heart.</p>
<p>I love people who are passionate about eco friendly paper saving!!!they're great talking points.</p>
Sorry... Can't help with that since I don't use excel :(
<p>Hi.</p><p>What does the Excel spread mean by &quot;sheets at beginning&quot;?</p>
<p>Wow very cool! Thanks for sharing!</p><p>After doing a little more research for this, as i wanted a cool gift for Valentine's Day, I discovered a website (<a href="http://www.foldedbookart.com" rel="nofollow">www.foldedbookart.com</a>) that has already made patterns to fold and also makes custom ones. I tried the one with two hearts and it looks really amazing.</p><p>Thought i'd share this with you :)</p>
Anyone have problems with the pixel count plugin for paint.net? Every time I use it, whether an image or text, about 1/4 way into the pattern it extends my measurements so I manually have to correct the two or three columns.
&nbsp; You can't copy MY TUTO and say it's yours !!<br> <br> <em>&quot;Searching the internet&nbsp; led to several images but no instructions&quot;</em>&nbsp; FALSE ! My tuto has been&nbsp;posted since February 2012...<br> <br> READERS : My tuto (the original one) <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Fold-a-Book-into-a-Word-The-original-tuto/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Fold-a-Book-into-a-Word-The-original-tuto/</a><br> On my website <a href="http://www.faitmain-faitcoeur.fr/en/" rel="nofollow">http://www.faitmain-faitcoeur.fr/en/</a>&nbsp;you can find 2 other patterns for free !<br> <br> Enjoy create !
<p>Do you know what the negative numbers are for? is that from the bottom of the page or the top and is this in cm or inches?</p>
<p>Where do you find &quot;negative numbers&quot; ?<br>Sorry, but I don't know what your are talking about....</p>
<p>On the excel spread sheet it says -1.95 to -1.75 and I didn't know what the negative numbers meant if it was maybe from the bottom up.</p>
<p>Oups, I reply to fast, you're talking about Teferrell's tuto ! I let him answer to you...</p><p>(on my tuto - the originial - there is no negative number, so I don't know what they are for).</p>
<p>Where can I find your tuto?</p>
<p>Click on my name ! ;-)</p><p>(or <a href="http://www.faitmain-faitcoeur.fr/en/" rel="nofollow">http://www.faitmain-faitcoeur.fr/en/</a> )</p>
<p>Several people have asked about negative values in the attached spreadsheet. The spreadsheet generated the instructions for folding a book when you supply the dimensions. Enter the information about the book in columnn B and it will complete the rest. Without these values the formula assumes it to be 0 and the result is negative. Book must be at least 4.5&quot; for the pattern to work; anything less will yield negative numbers because the folds will be off the page.</p>
<p>OK thanks, are the measurements in cm or inches?</p>
Sandy...following the pattern your inside parts will form. To create the spaces of the letters you are actually alternating fold lines in order to create the spaces. Hope that helps :)
<p>What are the negative numbers and are the numbers in cm or inches?</p>
<p>Can you tell me what the negative numbers are?</p>
<p>I don't understand how you fold the inside parts of the letters, like the O, part of the V, and the E. Can someone explain that to me?</p>
I too have had trouble in understanding the creation of patterns. A YouTube video of the whole process would really be helpful. :)
I see the numbers on the excel sheet. I don't understand what -1.95 is. Is that the bottom of the page? Is that inches or cm? How do I measure it. I really want to do this as Christmas presents but I'm having such a hard time figuring out what the numbers are.
A lovely project and a nice, easy to understand 'ible, thanks! <br>
Thanks for having modified your intro instructable and for your private message. <br> <br>Enjoy create !
I found that when I used a 720pt, Arial Black font &hearts;, cropping the canvas size to the image, then re-sizing to 600px (page) width and a 7inch height gave me an image that had black, grey, and off-white pixels. It made it hard to tell where the edge of the image was in order to translate it into a grid in Excel. What helped me was selecting &quot;Resampling&quot; -&gt; &quot;Nearest Neighbor&quot; under the &quot;Resize&quot; tab. It made every pixel black and every non-pixel white :D That might help people with more complex images.
Thank you for the comment, the same thing happened to me. When creating the image I set contrast to 100. I forgot to mention that in the instructions. Correcting now.
Beachglassblazer: For similar programs for macs check <a href="http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?/topic/19254-best-paintnet-alternative-for-mac/" rel="nofollow">here</a>. &nbsp;You may be able to check the forum at the link if you need help on converting file type. &nbsp;<br> <br> Glad you like it.
This is awesome! Thanks for sharing! <br> <br>Now I'm ready to go fold some books! Well except, I have a mac and no fancy photoshop... any ideas on paint.net equivalents?
Wow... That is one of the coolest things I've seen on this guide. It looks really nice!
Thank you both. Mr o: Thank you for the inspiration. I am not that good freehand (or tracing at times) but if I can make a pattern I can usually get something to work. Thinking about using an old hymnal or music but to do a note for a music teacher friend.

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