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 foldedbookart.com (THEY NOW OFFER A 25% DISCOUNT ON ALL PATTERNS FOR THE FIRST 100 USERS. USE COUPON CODE: INSTRUCTABLES25) 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.

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.

<p>It would be helpful if you'd post a photo of the metric ruler and explain what your measurements mean. Just as if we told you a distance in terms of miles, you wouldn't know what we meant because you use kilometers. You might think it's silly that people don't know the metric system, but we don't, and so don't have any idea what &quot;7.75&quot; or &quot;0.60&quot; means but would of course understand with a crash-course. There are people from all over the world on every site, even a language barrier could be a problem. It would be an added help to add to the instructions, then of course we can follow the metric side of our rulers (if our rulers have a metric side - some don't!) Thank you for your wonderful pattern! </p>
Hi Deedeedid, forgive me for not responding as i just noticed you replied. If you haven't found your answers, i can post a pic and explain. Please let me know through my email. c-c-delgado@comcast.net. Again, I'm sorry about that
How do you know what page to start on? Do you start folding from the middle of the book and work outwards? How do i know how many unfolded pages there are starting from the first page of the book to the first page to b folded
<p>If you cut off the folded parts, will it look the same?</p><p>OR: What happens if you close the book totally?</p><p>Anyway: great idea.</p>
it won't look the same because you need the volume that's created by the folded pages.
Can u plzzz send the pattern for making inverted heart
<p>Uhhhh, turn the book over?</p>
<p>Can i use these measurements for a DIY article I am writing?</p>
<p>Hi,</p><p>Please contact me through a private message.</p>
Hi Deedeedid, just so you know, I had problems with the metric system as well but I googled it and now I understand it just as much as standard measurements. There are answers to pretty much anything you'd ever want to know.
<p>does anyone know what to do when a pattern says &quot;fold back completely&quot;</p>
<p>This was a nice pattern. Thank you</p>
Hi , I'm stuck on a pram pattern , was going well until I came to large overlapping folds , 14cm - 15cm and bigger and it's leaving a gap in the book and not lookin right , I think I'm folding them wrong . Can any one put a pic on pls so I can see what I'm doing wrong , thanks
Ive been looking for a pram pattern have you still got the pattern
There is one on their site
<p>Back to front and upside down. My folded book birth date has come out wonky! I've mad these books before and never had a problem but this one is unreadable! It's back to front and upside down. Can anyone tell me how to fix it? I bought the pattern online. Thanks in advance. And please don't tell me to stand on my head and read it!</p>
<p>hi new to this can some one please do word ANGEL for me pretty please xx</p>
<p>hello Im from iran and there is no way to recive patterns of bookfoldings i try to make them by photoshop but there is some problem whith the width and hight of the page please help me how to make a pattern i want to do this art it is impossible to have width in pixel and length in cm </p>
<p>I somehow got it wrong and had a heart on one side of the book so I ended up doing another on the other side - with a double heart as the finished product, </p>
<p>This may sound silly but do you fold the right 40 pages and then repeat the process with the 40 pages on the left? Also I see the first fold but when you do the second fold does the first fold get folded into the second fold. I'm probably making this more complicated than it is but like I said I'm confused. Help Please......</p>
To answer your question, you start with the book in front of you as if you're reading it. Turn the book clockwise. Mark the pages with the measurements provided in your pattern. Each page is then folded where you marked it. Your pattern from top to bottom is folded from front to back of the book. You just follow the pattern for each page. I personally make several marks first then fold pages so I can see my progress. You do not fold the first page into the second page. Each page/fold is independen. I have made two so far and they came out great. You can always go back and correct a fold if it doesn't look quite right. Happy folding ☺ Maybe I should post a video.
I love the 'measure and mark' way to fold books I personally find it much simpler! I have just made the heart and it's come out really well. I added some red paper hearts on wire and gave it to my daughter, she loves it! Thank you ! I'm going to try the double heart now!
<p>Needed a gift for Mum on Mothersday and couldn't find anything she liked so resulted to creativity, I folded two pages also but I overlapped them. I think it turned out well for my first attempt at book folding! Thank you!</p>
My book is 200 pages so I used 2 sheets per fold. Quite pleased how it turned out for a first attempt! Thank you Magistro for the very clear instructions.
<p>did you use two sheets together or fold two separate sheet at the same measurement?</p>
I folded 2 sheets together.
<p>Thank you so much for the instructions, I just made one and it came out perfect!</p>
<p>Do you actually start on page one? Or do you start farther int o make more of a boarder?</p>
Awesome tutorial!!!!!
<p>Hi i have a book with 186 pages and i am trying to follow the instructions but for some reason i am not getting it right can someone please help.This is my first attempt</p>
<p>Hi who can help me please.Who can make pattern who can explain me easy ways of making folded book/ <br>Contact: Whatsapp: +994555317815 or you can contact me with facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009533314363</p>
Hi,<br><br>Have a look at www.foldedbookart.com all the patterns work in the same way.
Has anyone ever tried putting a little glue in between the pages to make it stay instead of using ribbon?? Do you guys think this would work??
It probably would work but the ribbon adds a decorative touch.
<p>I helped my 12 year old foster son make this for his biological mom. He was SO proud of himself when it was finished and is so excited to give it to his mom tomorrow. Thank you so much for this tutorial!</p>
<p>the privacy agreement is very worrying so have decide not to download so that I don't get inundated with emails from other countries.</p>
<p>Nice book folding but not sure why the instuctions wont print? :(</p>
Hello, how do you know where to begine so the finished heart is in center of the book? Thank you !
<p>Find the center page of the book then count half the pages to the left and half to the right of centre.</p>
<p>Nice and easy to follow. I needed a quick birthday pressie for my mum, tomorrow. Thanks.</p>
Hi I have a pattern for it's a girl. I am having problems with it cuz there is 4 measurements on one page and don't know how to do it. Can anybody help to show me please thank you elaine
Your pattern is almost certainly for a cut fold, over 2 lines. The pattern should tell you the measurement at which you should cut the pages. I believe most people just cut a few inches towards the spine.
I have seen patterns like these....... some of them require you to cut the page in half 1st.<br>Hope this helps?
Thank you - my very 1st attempt and you made it so clear to understand.
<p>Thanks so much Magistro! This was super easy to follow and turned out great!! Thanks very much for making this so easy and available!! =)</p>
<p>Hi, love this pattern and so easy to do, I tend to fold 2 pages at once for each fold which produces a 'chunkier' heart shape, this is one I have made for a friends birthday and has just taken me less than an hour to complete, I have finished it off with a strip of ribbon top and bottom,embellishments and an artificial flower which is easily tucked into the gap at the spine....Happy Folding! xx </p>
Hi i made my first one last night ? does anyone know if i can share this with a group of friends to do together? Not sure on the whole copyright thing? Thank you
<p>my first ever attempt at gone midnight, and the only book i could lay my hands on was a bread making recipe book....lol but it done the trick :)</p>
<p>love book folding so relaxing</p>

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