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This Instructable will teach you how to make a little 8-page book out of ONE sheet of plain ol' 8 1/2 x 11 paper.
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Step 1: Grab your materials

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You will need:

1 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.
1 pair of scissors

Step 2: Folding...

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Fold your paper in half three times, so that it is now in eighths.

Step 3: Cut...

Unfold all the way, and then fold in half once. Take your scissors and cut on the crease from the fold to the center.

Step 4: Fold in a weird way...

Unfold the paper and fold it again lengthwise, so that the cut you made is at the top. Push the ends together so that the cut forms a diamond. Keep pushing until it goes flat. Then crease all folds and admire your book.

I use these for many reasons, including writing down random stuff.

Seriously, I have at least fifty of these things lying around my house.

This is my first Instructable, so don't be harsh!

Step 5: Template

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This template can be used if you wish to place text and pictures on the book before folding the book up. Please note that this is not exact for the lines and stuff, so don't save the image and erase the numbers and everything. Another note: pages 4 through 7 must be printed upside-down, otherwise the text and pictures will be upside-down after folding.

This was an excellent idea by bruno16029, and I decided to go through with it.
raphaela2353 years ago
Thanks so much for these instructions!
zraye4 years ago
I <3 this book! I have made it many times and it is so nice to use! I like to make it into a recipe book when I bake goods for people! They just love it too! Thanks so much for showing me! : )
sjones54 years ago
The folding part is not clear at all. :(
msarker4 years ago
wait u just make the paper fold both ways
Or maybe it's not supposed to break down into more than the cover, 6 pages, and the back. Please confirm.
Step 4 seems incomplete. There must be more cutting after pushing the ends together or the pages aren't free of the folds. Please advise.
phapboy5 years ago
okay, now you take your paper and fold the long edge to the long edge. This puts the cut you just made into the middle of the crease on the edge on top. Then you push the two short edges (at the ends of the paper) together and the cut on the fold will separate and make the diamond shape he talks about above.
phapboy5 years ago
Oh yeah, and about the cutting. :P When you fold your paper in half taking the top edge to the bottom edge you are going to cut from the top edge (the folded edge) along the crease to the middle of the page.
phapboy5 years ago
okay, right now you do exatly the same fold you did in the first step, fold the top short edge to the bottom short edge.
phapboy5 years ago
Okay, to clarify, you take you sheet of paper and face it with one of the short edges on top. You fold the top edge to the bottom edge, Then you fold the far right edge to the far left edge. Then you fold the top (short) edge down to the bottom edge.
crtbrnk (author) 6 years ago
I'm going to completely redo this whole thing...it's a little messy and incomprehensible for some people.
i dont understand the steps at all--- what ways are you supposed to fold it, and where are you cutting it?
bruno130696 years ago
If you can place pictures and text on this in the right places (template?), this makes a great gift tag or mini storybook.
crtbrnk (author)  bruno130696 years ago
Yeah, I made one...it's the last step. Thanks for the idea!
Thanks for the Instructable! I used this to make mini-books for a treasure hunt. You had to read each book and follow the clues therein to get to the next cache and next book. Imagine 8 kids running around a yard trying to find the right spot (or adult) to get the next clue!
erms rmt6 years ago
hmmm..maybe it cn also be used like an album..sort?
crtbrnk (author)  erms rmt6 years ago
I'm not sure what you mean by album...please clarify?
mmm..maybe like...putting some pictures or captions..like what bruno13069 said :)