Recycled Crafts: How to Make a Folded Book

January 25, 2013 at 10:30 am 1 comment

Today’s tutorial features how to fold a book, which is one of those meditative crafts to do while watching TV or just to relax. Although some might take offense to the art of book folding, it’s really a great way to keep books out of the landfill that are either too damaged or otherwise won’t sell in the store. The premise is simple, start with a fold and either stick with that fold or vary it with another one for a different look.


Old book (we prefer the Reader’s Digest Condensed editions)

Step 1:

Starting at either the first page or the last page, begin using the fold of your choice.  Here’s a link to some sample folds to start you off:

altered books

Step 2:

Keep folding. As you reach the middle of the book, you will have to adjust the angle of your folds a little bit so that the finished piece will maintain its shape. Remember, it’s okay to go back and refold!

Here are some finished pieces we have here in the store.

Folded books 2

Folded books 1



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