Folded Books...

2 Hours
Recently we filmed an episode of Kim's Kitchen based on cabin fever so I thought to put together a DIY that would pass a solid chunk of time and give you a unique piece of home decor!... or a really great gift to give to a book lover in your life!...
Now, book lovers who like to use books only for reading don't hate... I picked these books up for fifty cents a piece... I save them from the landfill and turned them into home decor ;)
Gather up your supplies:
Hardcover Book
Olfa Knife
Pattern - you can pickup patterns on etsy for just a couple bucks a piece! I share a link on the original blog post where I purchased my patterns :)
Mark the book top and bottom
Mark a line on the top and bottom of the pages at least 2" out from the spine - this is as close to the spine that your line should get...
Cut into the book to make nicks in pages
...take your knife and make a slice down into the top and bottom of the pages along the line you marked...
Registration nick
Cutting into the top and bottom of the pages creates a registration mark that is used as the point from which you will fold all of the pages - having these makes folding move a little more quickly and keeps everything neat and tidy in the finished piece
Pattern prep
The pattern has a fold line on the top - fold this line - this is the registration of the pattern to the book - keeping the folds lined up as you move through the pattern.
Get to folding
Place the pattern under the first page you are going to fold and from the nick in the top of the page to the top of the first line of your pattern place the ruler and fold the page in... and then from the bottom nick to the bottom of the first line and fold the page up...
Fold, fold, fold
Now if the line of the pattern has two levels {as in the case of the serif on this K} mark off both levels in the same line of the pattern with a tick mark and move onto the next page and the next line of the pattern...
If you're working on a line that has multiple levels you do the line of the pattern using just one level and just one page regardless of the number of levels in that line of the patter, then move to the next line and level of the pattern on the following page - alternate through the levels as you work through the lines of the pattern page by page... sounds confusing but I promise it isn't! Once you get going you'll see!
Trim away excess pattern
Once the pattern begins to bring up inside you book cut away the lines you've already folded and keep folding...
For more details about page counts and your patterns checkout the blog for the nitty gritty :)
Here is the completed K for Kim!...
...home with a heart for the O...
...and a big fat heart!...

Feathering My Nest - Lacey Haskell
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

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  • Terria hughes Terria hughes on Mar 19, 2016
    I love the books!! I bought the "home" one but can't find it on my iPhone 6s. Is there another way that I can print it?

  • Linda Burnette Linda Burnette on Mar 24, 2016
    Do you have any idea's about how to do this type of folding in miniature? I have seen it on Etsy used to make jewelry pendants for necklaces. I make jewelry and want very much to try this technique. Any advice would be very much appreciated. I think the ones I saw ranged in size from 1" x 2" to 1/2" x 1" which is too small to have started as an actual book so they must bind the miniature pages together prior to folding. Thanks!

  • Ali52369223 Ali52369223 on Aug 27, 2021

    Haw many pages have heart


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  • Beverly Campbell Beverly Campbell on Dec 18, 2016
    This is such a great project. Years ago, my mother in law made Mr. & Ms. Santas and painted them red. I still put them up each year to have a reminder of her who passed away 3 years ago. She was a very talented lady when it came to DIY projects.

  • Francise Francise on Jul 28, 2017
    Looks like it's very difficult to complete.