Book Ornaments : Folded Book Art

Book Ornaments : Folded Book Art

These book sculpture ornaments look like Christmas decoration! In order for them to be functional, the books need to be small and light weight. For design B and C, you only need about 20 pages because each page is folded upon itself many times making the final sculpture quite bulky.

Design A

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Instructions 1 to 2c

Design B

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Instructions 1 to 4c

Design C

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Instructions 1 to 7c

The instructions on how to make these ornaments are abbreviated – it is assumed that you have made a few of the other projects on this web site before attempting to make these sculptures. The method for all three designs is similar. Pick and choose which one you would like to make, or make all three!

Start with a book; in this example, the book was a day-planner donated by Slingshot (read more here). Remove the front and back cover but leave the pages bound together. Without ripping off the pages, remove small bits of binding glue that may still be adhering to the spine.

Instructions for Book Sculpture Ornaments

Step 1:

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Fold the page so the top edge meets with the spine of the book.

Step 2:

Fold the page so the bottom-edge meets the spine of the book.

   2b:

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Turn the page and repeat until all pages are done. This is how it looks like when 4 pages are done.

   2c:

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Finished Book Sculpture Ornament Design A.
Step 3:
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Do not turn the page yet. Instead, fold the page so the top slope meets the spine of the book. The top angle (green arrow) is bisected.

Step 4:
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Turn the page.

   4b:

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Repeat steps 1 thru 4 until all the pages are done. This is how it looks like with 4 pages done.

   4c:

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Completed Design B.

Step 5:
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Repeat steps 1 and 2 as shown above: fold top-corner down and then fold bottom-corner up.

Step 6:
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Fold the page so the bottom-right side of the page meets the spine of the book. The fold will bisect the lower corner (green arrow) of the page.

Step 7:
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Turn the page.

   7b:

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Repeat steps 1 thru 7 until all the pages of the book are done. Remember to alternate the direction of the fold so you get “teardrop” and “inverted-teardrop” shapes.

   7c:

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Design C is done!

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Book sculptures or altered books are often created by modifying the pages of a book while the pages are still bound together. You can cut, fold, paint, and do all sorts of interesting things with the paper to create beautiful structures. The book sculptures on this web site are made by folding only.