Introduction: Origami Mini Book

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Miniature origami books. Need I say more? These books can be made under 10 minutes if made correctly, and they can be used as decoration or you can put then to use. Although thhey have only 12 pages to write on, its made with no cuts, glue or tape. It is a small little achievement for those us who cant make a rocket or a nuclear based timer - clock. I hope you like it.

Step 1: Supplies & 1st Folds

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a. Find yourself some origami paper. You dont have to have it, but it'll make your life a whole lot easier. The thinner the better, although this can be done with printer paper. I used 8 & 1/2" square paper from Michaels or Hobby Lobby. You are looking for the kind with color or patternes on one side and white on the other.

b. Lay the paper white-side up. This will be the pages' color in the book. Make 3 valley folds (so it makes a valley if viewed from the side) to divide the paper in 4.

c. Make 4 mountian folds between each fold you made in b. this will divide the paper into 8ths.

d. Turn the paper 90 degrees so the folds you just made are horizontal. Make 2 valley folds, dividing the paper into thirds.

e. make 3 mountian folds, each between the folds you made in d. you should now have it divided into 6 sections.

f. you should have a total of 48 sections. Be sure to leave the paper in the same position as the last picture.

Step 2: 1st Complex Folds

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a. Make valley folds where you see the dark lines.

b. Fold the large and small flaps down at a 90 degree angle.

c. This will probally be the hardest part of this instructable. You're going to fold the folds you mase in a, and in step 1. It should collapse, and form what you see in the last picture.

Step 3: Finishing the Book

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a. On the 'long' side, fold the 2 flaps on either side over.

b. Open it back up, but not all the way.

c. from the third picture, fold the bottom flap up twards you. (pic. 4). Do the same again, flip the flap up over itself. so it looks like the 5th picture.

d. If you open the sides ever so slightly, you will notice little flaps. Tuck the paper in front of it into those flaps.

e. Collapse the book, so it looks like the 9th picture. fold the 2 white flaps over and flatten it very well.

f. Now, fold over the blue flaps, AT THE SAME TIME, so that it is not distorted. flatten this whole thing VERY WELL. When you're done, you should get something similar to the last picture.

Step 4: The Cover

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Ah, just about the last step. The cover will take a lot less time than the book. You'll need to use a Piece that is 75% the size of the paper you used for the book.

a. Make 2 diagonal mountian folds, with the colored or ptterned side face down.

b. Fold all the corners to the center.

c. Fold a third of the square over, being just a bit longer than the geight of the book.

d. Fold the bottom half up.

e. Tuck the bottom flap's corners into the pockets in the top half. FLATTEN.

f. make 2 small folds, 90 degrees, to make what you see in the 7th picture. This small gap should be the same thickness of your book.

g. fold the 2 long flaps over, about halfway, to make the book cover. Slip it onto the book and you're done!

Step 5: Final Thoughts

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Wow. That sall I could think when I first made this. you might want to put the book under some pressure so that it does not flay 'open' all the time. This was my 1st instructable, and hopefully not my last. If anyone out there makes one, i'd love to see you post a picture of it. See yall 'gin soon!!!


dodo91 (author)2009-02-17

you should make a video. and you shold make better pictures. i dont undrestand at all

vianka99 (author)dodo912009-03-29
maybe this is the video.

frogfrog200 (author)vianka992014-08-03

really really sorry but i don't know how to make it

frogfrog200 (author)vianka992014-08-03

i didn't really get it

insructoperson (author)vianka992009-11-28

 that vid makes no sense to me. when they folded the little triangle and it went over the paper mine lined up with the paper (1:38). also when they started folding it into the little squares mine folded into triangles... (2:19)

dodo91 (author)vianka992009-03-31


frogfrog200 (author)2014-08-03

that really helped

Andoy019 (author)2014-04-23

Hey guys! I found an easier version for this mini book. Heres the link.

qazedc (author)2011-08-20

it's to hard. I crumpled my paper . :(

playnow254 (author)2010-10-31

Mine looked great!
Gotta go make 10 more covers that each have the title of a famous book!

dombeef (author)2010-05-09

 It show that you deleted it?

Heyentah (author)2009-12-29

I know it is almost sacred among origami practictioners to use only hands for folding the paper, but when making folds in several layers of paper, good application of a "bone folder" will really help.

For your first effort at an instructable, you chose a VERY difficult project and I think you did a good job. don't give up posting projects!

Robertwan (author)2009-11-16

Very nice, thanks!  Mine, sadly, had covers too short -- but I fixed it with the slide-on cover.  All was well.

Very, very nice indeed.  Five stars.

The 'accordian' step was a little difficult, but I eventually grokked it.

undeadman76 (author)2009-11-03

im with u. i cannot figure this if u make a video it will help some of us out. so make a vid.(even if u don't ill still give you 4 stars)

Quix (author)2008-08-28

Hey man, really cool instructable! Maybe you can add some graphics to the pages using this website somehow? I made a couple of these pocket mods...although you need a pair of scissors to make one!

ericsnapple (author)Quix2008-08-28

You could print ti out on paper beforehand using an image editor such as Photoshop (or GIMP). You can use this scan as a guide, divide a square into 8x6 sections, and print & fold it. .

Pat_Maroney (author)ericsnapple2008-09-15

This and other models for books and many many things can be found in Kunihiko Kasahara's book "origami Omnibus" I found mine either @ Border's or Barne's & Nobel (I cant remember) but u should be able 2 find it on amazon. The thing's like 2.5-3" thick & FULL of awesome things 2 fold, even a bookcase that fits the books. I just finally filled mine completely full. (o_0) The most difficult fold in this pattern is the preliminary step1-d fold into 3rds. with practice it gets pretty easy from there sry for the long winded post

jamiec53 (author)Pat_Maroney2009-09-30

can u post the bookcase plz ty

crapo14 (author)2009-08-15

Hi ! I'm sorry but I don't understand step d. If I don't do that step my book seems just like yours, but I'm sure this step has his importance. which side are you talking, and which flap ? because i've found a flap but if I tuck it in the paper just in front of it, 2 pages of the book are stuck together, so I think it's the wrong flap... and I can't see on the picture... Could you help me ? The others explanations are very clear ! Thank you for that !

saintshortckt (author)2007-08-12

man can u please post a video or something. its really really hard to follow a few of the pictures. esp the ones in the second set

i'm workin on it. video should be done soon. right before I was about to make one, my webcam broke, bot not to worry, I got a new one. I'll have it posted very soon...

thanks coz its awesome but the only problem is that im stuck at the second step..w/o which i cant go further :) so how long do u think it iwll take for the video to come up?? jst an estimate

a few days

xilefakamot (author)ericsnapple2009-06-22

Video please? I managed to do it, but I'm not sure it's right. Great i'ble anyway!

dombeef (author)ericsnapple2008-12-11


vkhun (author)2009-05-12

I did it,doesnt look as good as final image but still cute

FionA315 (author)2009-03-27

it's so cuuuuuuuuuuute but i dodn understand the second sttep ..! can sm1 explain it to me plz ~

wksoo (author)2008-02-29

Although this is not a 100% original post, it was interesting to see real pics of it. For those requiring additional details and full instructions can go to Oriland where this model was first posted 9 years ago.
Little Books Little Books]

ericsnapple (author)wksoo2008-02-29

Your link shows a book with a 1:2 piece of paper. Mine uses a whole sheet. The instructions, I got from a friend a long time ago, and he got it from [this] book, Origami Omnibus; first printing 1988. (20 years ago) I'm sure that the one you point out most likely derived from the original Martin Wall and David Brill designs. I also might be able to acquire the book and send you the diagrams, if you wish.

dombeef (author)ericsnapple2008-12-24

can you do it for me too

dombeef (author)2008-12-13

Yeah I MADE it finally!

BiancaVenice (author)2008-11-18

THAT WAS AWESOME!! Thanks. Took me 2 tries but I have a cute little book now for my daughter's fairy house!! Really good intstructions!!

XxUnicornSkieexX (author)2008-09-03

two hard. cant do it.

mysticalzoe (author)2008-08-04

Okay, this book looks like fun to make, but I am totally lost with the second set of directions, I would really like to make this cute book and send it to my pen pal, but it was very confusing, thanks for understanding. Does anyone have easier instructions for this? Thanks!

ericsnapple (author)2008-07-07

Please don't advertise "warez" on my post. If you could, I'd like you to delete your message, and if you choose not to, I will seek higher authority.

thefonz101 (author)2008-06-10

Now someone just has to make origami bookcases and an origami librarian...

Cheesy.... (author)2008-04-02

I have that same origami paper....

lulu D (author)2007-12-30

Oh, by the way! the absolute secret to making these little books is to use thin paper for SURE! I had scrapbooking paper lying around and it's a bit like my big ginger cat, Simba - THICK!!! ( but he's sweet natured and lovable!) Lulu

lulu D (author)2007-12-30

this is gorgeous, but I'm having trouble folding the DARK LINES in picture 'step 2'. I can't find exactly where these lines are supposed to be to fold them! I've made extremeorigami's little book but the folds in that are closer to the edge than the ones in this instructable. IN extreme...the valley folds begin ON the first one/third line, not in between the first third and the second third creases. How do I make those valley folds? what do I line them up with to crease the paper?? help lulu D

Sc10 (author)2007-12-21

This is positively a jewel of a model! *Applauds, cheers, etc.* Here're some shots of how mine turned out to, it's kinda clumsy, with less than half an hour in the making. One of my favorites for sure. Thanks for sharing.

ericsnapple (author)Sc102007-12-21

It's great! I'm glad you like the instructable. I'll be making another one soon, on a different kind of book. It's good that you managed without a video. At least now I know one person made it...

Sc10 (author)ericsnapple2007-12-21

Great! Looking forward to your new book! (sounds like you're a writer doesn't it ;] )

ericsnapple (author)2007-07-26

how exactly does this relate to my instructable?

hi bro! did you put the video or did u start it? thanks

sallymander (author)2007-11-01

I love this pattern! So cool.

ficofeto (author)2007-09-11

waiting for that video...

ericsnapple (author)ficofeto2007-09-11

Ya, school started, and with all AP & Honors classes, its tough to get some "me time" i'll get it up as soon as I can.

ficofeto (author)ericsnapple2007-09-11

Cool, cuz im kinda confused.

egadsman (author)2007-07-21

i think it is brilliant but i also think a video is in order so we can see how to do those difficult folds. thanks

ikissfootballlots (author)2007-06-25

Me neither, I can't work out how to do the folds in step 2c) could you please give a bit more detail of how to fold these folds?

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