Folded Book Art - Best & most clear Tutorial available

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I just absolutely love creating my own folded book art. It's such a fun way of re-using old books and give them another purpose.

I've searched and searched the web to find any tutorials on how to do it and i just couldn't find anything. Untill one day i found a website called which offers already made and custom patterns.

On of the patterns they used to have was this little heart sign. For me this was a real good way to get started as it's quite a quick pattern to do and the result still looks great.

In the next steps i'll explain to you how to fold this heart into a book. (I used a picture from their website for the front image)

Completing this tutorial can be done within 45 minutes.

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Step 1: Collecting the materials needed

For us to be able to create folded book art we need a few things:

- We need a book. It's best to use a hardcovered book, as these books will give the best results when displaying them.
- We need a ruler in centimeters, as these patterns are displayed in centimeters
- And ofcourse we need a pencil to mark the pages.

can anyone tell me does it have to be a certain size book, or can i just pick a hardback book from my bookshelf to use ?

KatherineR1 month ago

This was so great and easy! Thank you! I have been looking for an easy tutorial like this. Great job!

mmoon42 months ago
Just made it, Thank you so much..
mmoon42 months ago
I can't wait to try this :-D

absolutely amazing. was so easy to follow. thank you so much!

do you have any more tutorials ?x

clford22 months ago

Fabulous, thank you for having such an easy to follow tutorial. I've never found something as easy to do before and this and others will make wonderful gifts. Thank you, thank you, thank you xxx

cwickham12 months ago

Just made this so awesome, but i need help. My daughters want me to make them one, but with one saying R5 and the other 5S0S.. can anyone help me with this. I am willing to pay. I would like it how this heart was done as in mark.3.4 and so one i don't want to go by a word typed out. thank u in advance

Magistro (author)  cwickham12 months ago

Their website also offers custom patterns with the marking method (

cool thank you.. Maybe u can answer one question for me I am working on a pattern and its in cm but i have no clue how to get what they are asking here is a example 12.50cm and then 14.08 do u have any ideas

Magistro (author)  cwickham12 months ago

I have tried their patterns and they work in the same way as in the tutorial I wrote. So 12.50 cm should mean 12 centimeters and 5 millimeters.

mfreeman173 months ago

sounds silly but do u devide the book in to half ?

Hi!First i split in to half, then i added more 20 pages to the front and 20 back to make 40 pages.for example, if the medium is on the page 150.i started doing the heart on page 130 to finish at 170 .

I hope this helps.

66bat6. made it!3 months ago

Hello!Thank you so much for this tutorial!I made this painted version.


hi im confused on the values could you help me? what does it mean the values of 6.6 centimeters etc?

Hi,in the first page you have to mark 7.7cm and 8.9cm.I made this image to help you.and following the next values on the next pages.finished you can start folding like in the images.I hope ithis helps!


fabulous so easy thank you xx

angie705 months ago

Wow, was so easy, my only mistake was i used an autobiography to the pictures wouldnt fold properly, well happy gonna get adicted lol, Brill instructions Thankyou :)

babybecks199 months ago

just need some finishing touches :)
thank you, so easy to follow your instructions.

kcotterill-bolsover made it!11 months ago

I can not believe how easy this was to do - I am now scouring the house for hard back books and looking for more complicated patterns. Thank you so much. x

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teeped11 months ago
thank you for the patten, I've tried this before with out one and it didn't turn out so great but with your patten I've now got a great gift for the girl friend on valentine's day! thanks again.
dan_w8411 months ago

Thanks, I have just made one for my wife for valentines day, she loves this kind of thing!! I had a slightly thicker book so ended up folding 2 pages for every one noted here to make it slightly thicker and it turned out great.

TOO good..... - The Pencil Guy