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How to Make an Accordion Book

Updated on August 5, 2011
My logo accordion book.
My logo accordion book.

Handmade books have always been intriguing just for the simple fact that they are unique.

I decided to look into making my own books and portfolio to make me stand out when I went for job interviews. I had a collection of logos I had designed and I wanted to display them openly instead of just putting them in a store bought binder. I purchased a book on how to make books and discovered the accordion.

Accordion books look simple and easy to make but don't be fooled! Just like most crafts made from hand they take precision and patience. The simplicity of the book allows you to do multiple things with it also. Have fun and experiment with using different colors, patterned paper and varied paper thicknesses.

You Will Need:

One 8 1/2 x 11" sheet of paper

Scissors or X-Acto knife

Bone folder (A popsicle stick can work also)

To practice use basic office paper or any lightweight paper. Remember to burnish the folds and protect your book with a clean piece of paper.

If you would like to have text or images printed for your book then you will need to build the template on your computer. Use an 8 1/2 x 11 layout and the exact measurements of the squares from your rough draft and then place your images where you like. After you print it out you can begin the step by step process of cutting it out.

A-G Steps
A-G Steps | Source
  1. Fold the paper in half crosswise and then fold both sides up to the middle {A}, open it and flatten.

  2. Then fold vertically in half and fold both ends to the middle {B}. You will have sixteen pages.

  3. Cut in a spiral starting at the first fold in the upper right corner. {C}

    (work slow to make precise cuts)

  4. Fold, reversing folds as necessary until the book is complete. {D,E,F,G}

    (Don't forget to burnish the folds as you go with a clean piece of paper on top)


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      3 years ago

      these instructions are horrible.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      This is fabulous! Thanks for the clear instructions. I totally want to make one!

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      Alexandria A 6 years ago from Virginia

      Thank you! I enjoy making different types of books and the accordion is just one of many I will write about.

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      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 6 years ago from Houston, TX

      These books are great for all sorts of things..thanks for your easy to follow directions!

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      marellen 6 years ago

      Welcome to hubpages, your hub is a very useful project and voted up....