Folded Book




This book form is found in any flat piece of paper you have around. The shape it's cut into resembles both a labyrinth or maze and goat's horns. Since I'm sure we all know the importance of Goats, and the mysteries and dangers of mazes, I'm sure you'll have fun with this book.

I've included hard covers, and a pretty, covered band, but they're not mandatory.

On to the show!

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Step 1: Gather Supplies!!!

This is the easiest step. You'll need a sheet of paper (mine was large, from an old art pad), some cardboard (I used old comic book boards, but you could use cereal boxes), glue, scissors, pretty paper (if you want - I used wrapping paper), a pencil and a ruler.

Materials list:

Sheet of paper (mine was 18"x24")
Pretty paper to cover with (wrapping paper? magazine scraps?)
Glue (I like Aleene's Tacky Glue for this)

Step 2: Begin Folding the Paper to Make the Creases.

Try not to let your cat do the folding, as they're not as precise as you can be. Sharpen the creases as you fold, folding them in both directions so you get nice, flat folds.

Fold the paper in half, matching the corners as carefully as you can. It's easiest if you make this fold along the long edge of the paper; for example, I folded the 24" edge so that the resulting size of the paper was 18"x12".

Step 3: Continue Folding

Now fold the whole thing in half in the other direction, so you have something that's 9"x12".

Next, fold one free edge over to meet the creased edge. Unfold the fold you just made, turn the paper over and repeat that fold on the other side.

You'll have a flat piece that's got creases down its length. Fold this in half to make a crease going perpendicularly to the previous folds.

Sharpen all the creases and folds by pressing them and folding them in both directions.

Unfold the whole paper and lay it flat.

Step 4: Cut the Book Open

Look at the folded lines and match them up to the cutting diagram. See how the uncut areas curl around like goat's horns?

Cut carefully on the indicated lines. I cut the center cut with the whole paper open, then fold it in half and cut the other two lines through both layers at once.

Step 5: Fold the Paper Into a Book.

Start folding at one end - the pages will pretty much fall in the direction they should. You can choose if you want the center fold to go up or down, but it's all pretty much final now.

Step 6: Make the Cover

Measure your final folded-up book. Using the pencil, draw two rectangles on the cardboard just a little larger than this size. Cut these out.

Cut out two rectangles from the pretty paper at least half an inch longer and wider than the cardboard covers.

Glue the cardboard to the center of the wrong side of the paper, pressing firmly. Put a drop of glue on each of the corners of the cardboard, then fold the corners of the wrapping paper down into it, making nice 45 degree angles. Then glue the long edges of the wrapping paper to the cardboard.

Put glue on the back of the cover, center the last page of the book over it and press it down carefully, wiping up any glue that might squeeze out. Repeat on the other side of the book.

You can, if you want, stop at this point. You've made a beautiful book. If you want the wrapping band, continue on.

Step 7: Make the Wrapping Band

Take an off cut from the cardboard you used to make the covers. Lay the book across it, centered carefully. Using the tip of the scissors, gently score the cardboard on either side of the book to make the first fold lines.

Set the book aside, and make a second set of score marks 1/4" outside of the first set. Fold the cardboard on the marks and ensure it fits all the way around your book.

Cut a piece of the wrapping paper at least half an inch bigger than the band all around. Cover it the same way you covered the book covers. Carefully fold the band on the scored marks and glue the overlap so it closes.

I had to hold this part under pressure for about 2 minutes, but then it stayed very stuck.

Once the band is mostly dry, slide the book into it and admire your wonderful folded labyrinth book.

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    This is just brilliant! Gave it another go after a few years, and had a wonderful outcome. I have no idea how I didn't get it before, this is wonderful instructions and great size for a pocket book. 5 stars


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Great 'ible! I made a smaller version out of a 81/2" by 11" printer paper and it turned out great! I haven't really drawn anything in it, I just enjoy opening the book up different ways and looking at the shapes the paper makes.

    5* and Fave!



    9 years ago on Step 2

    Pretty puddy: such an intelligent gaze.  I love calico kitties.

    Just a tip: Creasing paper in both directions weakens the fibers.  In most uses this doesn't matter, but if you're trying to make a keepsake or heirloom item, it will make a difference to the next generation.

    A better way: use a straight edge ("ruler" in this case) and something with a rounded tip like an embossing tool or bone folder, though some people keep an empty ball point pen around for this. Personally, there's always the risk of picking up the wrong pen or a smidge of ink, so I stick to my wooden letter opener.

    Firmly, run the rounded tip down the line where you want the fold and bend the paper in the OPPOSITE direction -- that is, the crease you made with the tool is on the outside. 

    This is especially important with stiff or glazed (shiny) paper which will probably crack if you don't soften the fibers/coating with the tool.

    Hope this helps. 

    mine turned out pretty awesome. i got a huuuge sheet of paper from a Hobby Lobby store for $1.40. i actually used cardstock so it was a little harder to fold but it turned out amazing.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    I tried it but I couldn't get mine to really work. Your directions sort of confused me.


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Ah. I've done this with regular printer paper - the size doesn't really matter as much as accuracy in folding and cutting. Even then, it's a pretty forgiving book. Let me know what paper you try it with! Tiggersong

    *ponder* Okay. In the diagram in Step 4, the lighter grey lines are the fold lines and the darker lines are your cutting lines. You should cut from the center bottom of the sheet of paper up three 'squares'. Then, cut one 'square' out from the center and two 'squares' down from there to make the "T" shape shown with the dark grey lines. Did that help? (Now I'm worried...) Tiggersong

    31 Cutting Diagram final.jpg

    *smile* I've used regular printer paper for this, before. The book comes out much smaller (as you might imagine), but it's still really cute and fun to do. In fact, it can be niftier to make a miniature version of it. As for how much the paper costs - I used a sheet from a large drawing pad I own, so I'm not sure. However, this really can be made from just about any size paper - it might be interesting to make it from, say, an old map, or a poster you don't want to keep any more. Michael's Arts and Crafts sometimes has paper on sale, if you're really set on using white paper in large sizes. Often that's where I get my drawing pads. Let me know what you go with - I'd love to see it. Tiggersong


    I don't get step 4.which way are you supposed to cut it?And how far?:( hermionegranger


    12 years ago on Introduction

    why is this in the harry potter challenge? im not being mean, i just mean it has nothing to do with Harry Potter.

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    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    I'm sorry it took me so long to get back to you. I put it here because the cutting lines make goats' horns (have you read the last book?) and because, when folded, the book pages are like a maze (and I thought it was similar to [or at least evoked] the Dangerous Maze in GoF). Thanks for the comment. Tiggersong