Introduction: Folded Book Art - Best & Most Clear Tutorial Available

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.

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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.

Step 2: Marking the Pages

For this heart pattern we need to mark and fold only 40 sheets of paper.

The patter i use is in centimeters, so please get a ruler that displays centimeters.

Now pick up the book like normal when you would read it (Like in the first image of this step)

Now turn the book a quarter, so your hand ends up on the right of the book and the page numbers (in this case) end up in the right upper corner. Like in the second image.

The book is now positioned right. It has to stay in this position during the process of marking the folds.

Now place your ruler on the book like in the third image. Make sure the beginning of the ruler is on the left side of the book.

The first two values you need to mark according to the pattern are: 7.7 centimeters and 8.9 centimeters. So place two marks on those two values. If done right, you now have marked the first page and there's a gap of 1.2 centimeters between the marks. It looks similar to the fourth image.

Now go to the next page (the second page). Here you mark the following values: 7.1 centimeter and 9.6 centimeter

On the third page you mark the following values: 6.8 centimeters and 10.1 centimeters.

Page 4 values: 6.6 & 10.5

Page 5: 6.4 & 10.9

Page 6: 6.3 & 11.2

Page 7: 6.2 & 11.6

Page 8: 6.1 & 11.8

Page 9: 6.0 & 12.1

Page 10: 6.0 & 12.4

Page 11: 6.0 & 12.6

Page 12: 6.0 & 12.8

Page 13: 6.0 & 13.1

Page 14: 6.1 & 13.3

Page 15: 6.1 & 13.5

Page 16: 6.3 & 13.7

Page 17: 6.4 & 14.0

Page 18: 6.6 & 14.2

Page 19: 6.8 & 14.4

Page 20: 7.1 & 14.6

Page 21: 7.1 & 14.6

Page 22: 6.8 & 14.4

Page 23: 6.6 & 14.2

Page 24: 6.4 & 14.0

Page 25: 6.2 & 13.7

Page 26: 6.1 & 13.5

Page 27: 6.1 & 13.3

Page 28: 6.0 & 13.1

Page 29: 6.0 & 12.8

Page 30: 6.0 & 12.6

Page 31: 6.0 & 12.4

Page 32: 6.0 & 12.1

Page 33: 6.1 & 11.8

Page 34: 6.2 & 11.6

Page 35: 6.3 & 11.2

Page 36: 6.4 & 10.9

Page 37: 6.6 & 10.5

Page 38: 6.8 & 10.1

Page 39: 7.2 & 9.6

Page 40: 7.7 & 8.9

Step 3: Folding the Pages

After you marked all the pages you can start folding.

Place the book in front of you like in the first image of this step.

Then fold each page twice on the marks you made in the previous step, like you can see in the second and third image. Try to keep the folds at 90 degrees or as close to it as possible.

Repeat these steps untill you have folded all the marked pages.

The fourth, fifth and sixt image let you see how the book should look like once you folded some pages.

When finished folding, you're done! You've created your own folded book art now. Now go ahead and look for more patterns, as all of their patterns work in the same way.

Comments

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Sarah2017 (author)2017-05-31

Not sure if my comment was posted as I had to sign up after I'd written it and it's now disappeared! Great post thank you. Are you able to help me please as I'm trying to find the alphabet in Harry Potter font using your measuring method. Or at least some HP words and symbols using this same method.

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Magistro (author)Sarah20172017-08-20

Hi, on this page you can find some Harry Potter designs: http://www.foldedbookart.com/epages/80749486.sf/en...

And on this page you'll be able to get a custom word in Harry Potter font: http://www.foldedbookart.com/epages/80749486.sf/en...

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cmitchell-rush (author)2017-06-30

You Tube Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gm6kdGQit9g

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Marti464 (author)2017-02-25

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

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MártonK2 (author)2016-11-08

If you cut off the folded parts, will it look the same?

OR: What happens if you close the book totally?

Anyway: great idea.

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Magistro (author)MártonK22016-11-08

it won't look the same because you need the volume that's created by the folded pages.

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VishalS187 (author)Magistro2016-12-17

Can u plzzz send the pattern for making inverted heart

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LorrieF1 (author)VishalS1872017-01-01

Uhhhh, turn the book over?

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papanda (author)2016-12-13

Can i use these measurements for a DIY article I am writing?

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Magistro (author)papanda2016-12-13

Hi,

Please contact me through a private message.

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Camgirl (author)2016-12-11

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.

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Skayllm (author)2016-10-30

does anyone know what to do when a pattern says "fold back completely"

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bookfoldingfun (author)2016-09-15

This was a nice pattern. Thank you

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Sophiejade (author)2016-03-06

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

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Yoyo2011 (author)Sophiejade2016-09-06

Ive been looking for a pram pattern have you still got the pattern

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Magistro (author)Yoyo20112016-09-07

There is one on their site

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Bloss59 (author)2016-09-01

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!

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RitaP21 (author)2016-06-21

hi new to this can some one please do word ANGEL for me pretty please xx

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bitas1 (author)2016-06-12

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

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KatS38 made it! (author)2016-05-31

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,

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Laureeann (author)2016-05-05

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......

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ChereeP (author)Laureeann2016-05-28

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.

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IzzyW2 made it! (author)2016-05-02

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!

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MelissaG74 made it! (author)2016-04-19

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!

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JanetW36 made it! (author)2016-01-29

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.

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Lubellette (author)JanetW362016-03-07

did you use two sheets together or fold two separate sheet at the same measurement?

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JanetW36 (author)Lubellette2016-03-12

I folded 2 sheets together.

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KatrinaS11 made it! (author)2016-03-11

Thank you so much for the instructions, I just made one and it came out perfect!

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Sousamaphone (author)2016-02-21

Do you actually start on page one? Or do you start farther int o make more of a boarder?

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Hockeygirl16 made it! (author)2016-02-12

Awesome tutorial!!!!!

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harries1 (author)2016-01-24

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

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Bigc1745 (author)2015-12-20

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??

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London Lady (author)Bigc17452015-12-21

It probably would work but the ribbon adds a decorative touch.

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DebS15 (author)2015-11-22

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!

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VirginiaH12 (author)2015-11-01

the privacy agreement is very worrying so have decide not to download so that I don't get inundated with emails from other countries.

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JudyB12 (author)2015-10-30

Nice book folding but not sure why the instuctions wont print? :(

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mavalos rizzo (author)2015-10-17

Hello, how do you know where to begine so the finished heart is in center of the book? Thank you !

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markgn (author)mavalos rizzo2015-10-17

Find the center page of the book then count half the pages to the left and half to the right of centre.

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markgn made it! (author)2015-10-17

Nice and easy to follow. I needed a quick birthday pressie for my mum, tomorrow. Thanks.

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CardM (author)2015-08-27

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

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angela.hill.5876 (author)CardM2015-09-15

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.

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LadyC3 (author)CardM2015-09-12

I have seen patterns like these....... some of them require you to cut the page in half 1st.
Hope this helps?

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LadyC3 made it! (author)2015-09-12

Thank you - my very 1st attempt and you made it so clear to understand.

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mngmng (author)2015-08-02

Thanks so much Magistro! This was super easy to follow and turned out great!! Thanks very much for making this so easy and available!! =)

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ShellieB made it! (author)2015-07-12

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

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NikkiB3 made it! (author)2015-05-19

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

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Valmai007 (author)2015-04-25

This is GREAT! Can you please tell me what book you bought for the instructions and fonts. I want to do this for some family members!!!

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x.Girlie.x made it! (author)2015-04-12

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 :)

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skrieger3 (author)2015-04-11

love book folding so relaxing

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