Vase : Folded Book Art

Vase : Folded Book Art


This Vase-like book sculpture was made by folding the pages of a book while the pages were still attached to the binding. This type of manipulations can produce very profound changes in the appearance of the book.

This design is a variation of the spinning top design and is easy to do and satisfying to complete.

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Instructions for Book Sculpture: Vase

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Step 1:

Take a book and 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 of the book. The book used here was a day-planner donated by Slingshot.

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Step 2:

Fold down the top-corner of the page so the top-edge of the paper meets the spine of the book.

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Step 3:

Fold up the bottom-right corner of the page so it meets with the flap made above.

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Step 4:

This is the base of the vase with the wide bottom.
Turn the page.

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Step 5:

Fold the second page in half from right to left.

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Step 6:

This is the neck of the vase.
Turn the page.

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Step 7:

Repeat this pattern over and over again. Remember to alternate the two patterns:
    base,
    neck,
    base,
    neck,…
until you have folded all the pages in the book.

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This is how it looks like when 4 pages are done.

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This is how it looks like from the side when all the pages are done. Yours might look different depending on the number of pages you have in the book and the thickness of each page in the book.

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Done!

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It can be a chef’s hat too!

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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.