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How to make a Tunnel Book

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Tunnel Books are simple to make and they look awesome too! They're generally comprised of pictures (but they don't have to be, be creative!) and they're constructed in a such a way that when you look THROUGH it it gives the effect of looking at sort of a 3-D landscape! They can have just a few "pages" or a whole bunch... they can tell a story or just show a landscape or whatever. Go wild.
 
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Step 1: Create your images

Things that you'll need are:
matte board
paper
colouring tools of your choice
x-acto knife
hot glue or Epoxy
Spray Adhesive
Card stock

The first thing you want to do is start sketching and plan out your story or whatever it is that you want to put in the book. The thing you have to keep in mind is that most of your illustration is going to have to be on the sides of the pages... it's going to have to be on the borders so you can still look through the tunnel... but hey it doesn't have to.... but you want to keep in mind that if you have too many things in the middle of your vision you're not going to be able to tell what's happening. Another thing you want to keep in mind is that the borders of your "pages" will slowly continue to get wider as they move back in the book to get that tunnel effect, so keep that in mind as you're sketching our your ideas

Once you come up with your idea, put it on any kind of paper that you like colour it out but leave a space in the middle. See how I made mine below? Then lay them and glue them flat on some matte board so they will be more study in the final project.

laurap812 years ago
All you have to do is make tabs attached to your pages and then glue the tabs down to the accordian shaped long paper on each side, it works and no hot glue needed, I teach this lesson to my fifth graders and elmer glue works great!
mikoto3 years ago
Great instructable . I taught my history students how to do this a couple of years ago. It is a great displayable book report. The kids remember much more about the book after building these. I checked out the website, beautiful work.
Nice instructable. If anyone is interested in tunnel books check out the online gallery on my website. I welcome questions and comments.
Buzzsushi4 years ago
How exactly are you supposed to attach the pages to this?
Doldrum (author)  Buzzsushi4 years ago
 I went through a LOT of experimenting with that.  At first I hot glued and that would work okay for smaller books, but the more you used the book it would start to brittle and the pages would eventually fall out.  (I'm not saying it won't work though)  Epoxy is like cement and works great.  I would spread some out on a piece of cardboard and work really quickly because it congeals super quick.  Paint it on the edges of your pages and then stuff it into the accordian creases and hold for about five minutes until it dries.  it's an annoying process lol.  
I've been thinking about trying to sew the pages in somehow and see how that works out... 

Well Im SOOO making one. But I will try sewing, cuz im broke, out of hot glue sticks, and my dad wont let me use epoxy lol. thanks!

You know... i think I will try making my designs on the computer, then printing them on note cards, to make a more sturdy, yet more portable book.
Make sure you buy acid free or archival note cards for this.  You may get away with non-archival paper on many projects, but notecards yellow nearly as fast as cheap paperbacks.  It's a good policy to just use the archival supplies anyway.  Hm, you might want to try using acid free drawing paper , the textured varieties may give interesting effects.
geenahhh4 years ago

I am going to attempt to do this as soon as time permits.
Thank you for making this instructable!!!!!(:

scrimprint5 years ago
Talking about cutting on this type of board: get yourself the kind of knife which snaps off at the tip when the point is dulled. The blade will have ten or so sections, which you snap off and discard each time you need a new one. Really useful for cutting paper.
 Agreed!  and don't skimp on a cheap version of it or cheap blades for that matter!  It really does make a difference, and your hands will definitely thank you.  I highly recommend Olfa brand.  The slim stainless steel blade holder is very nice.  And if you look around for blade packs, try and get the Olfa "black" blades.  They're thinner and the grind angle on the edge is much keener.  I think most Sherwin Williams paint stores carry them for professional wallpaper hangers.  They're not cheap, but neither are your hands, or your time. 
Doldrum (author)  Morganbarker4 years ago
 I wish like hell I would have though of that when I was cutting out those pages.  I must have went through a thousand blades!!  and my hands kept cramping like crazy  :P   Thanks for the tip :)
Mirime4 years ago
What are you on? That is sooooo creepy. (and not in the good way)
Doldrum (author)  Mirime4 years ago
 lol.. that was my closet when i was little.  I swear...
I quite disagree. This is awesome!

(Oh, and Be Nice.)
Okay I will be nice but still it kinda remindes me of the new tim burton film a little. the idea is very awesome

(so THERE Lithium Rain i was nice!)
Js21864 years ago
 I did a 4th grade tunnel book lesson while student teaching, it was rough for some but mostly all the students ended up loving them.
luvit4 years ago
ok. now my life is complete.
stunning! gorgeous!
Great idea. I just finished making one with my daughter, a science project about the solar system. Thanks for the A+ and the big hit with the 3rd grade.
kolowinter5 years ago
Very clever. Thanks for documenting so well! It is a fun visual presentation for a story!
maharg205 years ago
I just realized this, but if the pages get wide enough, you can hide stuff behind a page. I used it for my candy (:P
Doldrum (author)  maharg205 years ago
I'm so glad people are making them! :)
I made a golf based one, but it's more of a picture than a story. Thanks for the great instructable! (:P
This is a lovely book! Very effective indeed. Have you got/seen any of Robert Sabuda's pop-up books? I have a few, but my favourite is Alice in Wonderland, and in that there's a tunnel picture of Alice falling down the rabbit's hole, lined with books and things. Here's a link to a picture of it: http://bp0.blogger.com/_6YL12zOIZIQ/R7XeotGjOXI/AAAAAAAAAA4/hLYgYAZsGsU/s1600-h/Alice+falling+down+the+hole.jpg
Great instructable, thanks!
Joey :D
Doldrum (author)  joeysdreamgarden5 years ago
I'll definitely look into his books, I've always been a huge fan of anything Alice in Wonderland. Thanks!
You're welcome! ;-) Actually, I got a late birthday present today of two of his latest books, "sharks and other sea monsters" and "mega beasts", both in the "encyclopaedia prehistorica" series. If you like paper engineering, you will probably like these, there's over 35 pop-ups in each book. Happy snipping! J :D
KitKat215 years ago
This is a great idea. I write children's books, i'm putting this info to good use. Thanks!
nice book and clear instruction - I'm going to send my art students to look and be inspired!
NDN5 years ago
very cool, 5 for 5. Excellent Job!
ChrysN5 years ago
What a great idea, it looks really amazing, now I wish I can draw.
ericg075 years ago
Excellent. My little girl is going to love this. . . as soon as I make one ; ) Great idea. Thanks for sharing it.
very creative, I have never heard of a tunnel book before but it looks really neat, very nicely done too
chosenone35 years ago
yea it does look cool.I envy you :D
This is seriously cool! Good job!
Doldrum (author)  Very Interesting5 years ago
Thanks so much! I hope you try it out.
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