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Free Folded Book Patterns by Heather Eddy Art

"Tis the season of giving and oh boy, do I have gifts for you, courtesy of Heather Eddy Art! If you've ever wanted to create folded book sculptures, click on the links below to be taken to four tutorials. Until a few years ago, Heather sold these same instructions via Etsy, but due to a full-time job as a librarian, part-time teaching, family obligations, etc., the shop had to go by the wayside. Now she is generously making her hard work available to all in the spirit of paying it forward, and asked me to help spread the news.

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I don't recall where we first met in the world of paper, but it was most likely via commenting on one another's blog posts. Shortly after that, I featured the cleverly worded paper bead jewelryshe was making at the time. Heather, who has a BFA in watercolor, is always full of fresh ideas and enjoys sharing them. For example, she recently blogged about experimenting with Liquid Graphite, while creating one of her remarkable tiny house paintings.

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Within these four links, you will find a wealth of book sculpture information. Heather goes into detail on choosing a book that will be just right for folding, tools, materials, the best way to fold and crease each page (for example, don't use your fingernail or a bone folder - who knew!), centering a design, and more. She cautions to use a book that is no longer useful and to expect plenty of trial and error as you perfect your technique.

How to Make Folded Books

How to Fold Fonts and Shapes

How to Fold Wedding Hearts

How to Fold the Alphabet (upper and lowercase block letters)

It is important to note that Heather is making these patterns and directions available for personal use only. In other words, you may makesculptures via her patterns to give as gifts, to sell, or auction off for charity, but the tutorials posted at the above links are not for distribution. Cash Back

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Book Sculptures

Learn how to make amazing book sculptures or book art by folding the pages of a book while the pages are still bound together. This type of art gives unexpectedly beautiful sculptures which are both elegant and sturdy. Some altered books require cutting and/or glue; the ones presented here are made by folding only. You can achieve incredible transformations with just folding. It’s origami with a twist!

In order to preserve our natural resources, books were not bought and used to form the book sculptures. Instead, books which would have been recycled were used so as to save our trees. In fact, most of the books used in this web site were unsellable organizers. These day planners were either expired (last years’ edition) or had misprints in them so they could not be sold.

All the organizers were donated by Slingshot, an all volunteer, non-profit Collective. Check their web site for more details.

Click onto one of the images below to get started.

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Ruff Collar also sells personalized folded-book sculptures.
These are for purchase only, no free instructions,

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You can ask for your initials or special word to be folded onto the side of a book. All folded books are custom made at the time of purchase. Books are hardcover and are purchased from small book shops and local libraries. These are gently used books, they are not new books.

The price for a monogram (one large letter) is $30. Otherwise, the price is $20 per character so the word “Joy” would be $60. The word “Love” would be $80. The word “Faith” would be $100. Shipping within USA is $10. International shipping is $40.

These folded book art sculptures are unique and one-of-a-kind. It is a timeless gift for someone special: perfect for anniversaries, birthdays, retirement, Valentine’s Day & Mother’s Day. Contact Us for more information.

Event organizers and shop owners: we can supply your establishment with custom folded-book art. Contact Us to inquire.


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These Folded Book Sculptures By Artist Luciana Frigerio Are Amazing

Books aren’t just for reading anymore. We’ve seen some spectacular art and jewelry being made from old books and now, we are obsessed with these brilliant book sculptures by Luciana Frigerio. To create these bold three-dimensional designs, Luciana carefully and strategically folds the pages of recycled books to reveal a word, monogram or shape.

Luciana, a professional photographer, began working seriously in paper in 2010. “I was inspired by the art of Japanese folded paper and intrigued by the intersection of object and craft in the making of three dimensional folded and cut-out worlds,” she explains in an artist statement.

Wanting to give people an affordable and accessible object that can be personalized and displayed, Luciana opened an Etsy shop. “From hearts to letters, words, symbols and objects… anything is possible!” All of the books are made to order, so each one is unique. Prices start around $30 and go up depending on the complexity of the design.

Check out this mesmerizing video of the process:
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Here are just a few examples of finished sculptures that we love:

See more here.


23 fun and free book folding patterns

Book folding is a recent crafting phenomenon that’s popular with paper crafters and book-lovers alike. Using books that vary in length, book folding is when you fold each page of the novel to a certain measurement creating an overall phrase, motif or symbol. There’s a huge range of book folding patterns out there that’ll teach you how to fold everything from your Hogwarts house to your pet! Book folding can be a little tricky to get the hang of at first (you’ll definitely need that ruler handy) but once you’ve learned how to follow the pattern and chart you’ll be a book folding whizz.

There’s a few abbreviations you need to know before you start book folding. These terms you’ll see in most book folding patterns and they’re much simpler than they look.

  • MMF – This stands for measure, mark and fold.
  • 180 Fold – To make a 180 fold, you fold every page towards the spine before marking and cutting.
  • Combi Fold – After measuring and marking, fold your first and last page to 45 degree angle instead of straight.
  • Shadow Folding – to create a shadow on your design, leave every other page unmarked.

Now you’re down with the book folding lingo it’s time to get folding. We’ve gathered 23 free book folding patterns from around the web to get you started. We’ve included everything from sayings to animals so we hope there’s a pattern for you! There’s plenty of paid patterns over on Etsy so check them out too.

Once you’ve mastered these book folding patterns check out our quilling ideas for beginners and origami for beginners round-ups. They’re full of fun projects that you’ll love. 

23 free book folding patterns


Read book folding pattern

Eco-friendly DIY has a great free book folding pattern for beginners. Hannah talks you through all the basic techniques and has a step-by-step guide to show you how to make this read motif. We love that she’s created an easy-to-follow table that shows you how far to fold on each page of the book.


Hedgehog book folding pattern

Alison Walker has a fab Youtube video that shows you how to turn a book into a hedgehog. We know, we know it’s not technically book folding as it’s not inside the book but it’s just too sweet not to include!


Heart free book folding pattern

Bookami has loads of free book folding patterns on their site and we love all of them. This cute heart design would look lovely displayed all year round on your shelves or make for an extra special Valentines Day gift. Head over to their site to download your free book folding pattern.


Cat book folding pattern

Folded Book Art has tons of free book folding patterns which are broken down into handy categories like Animals, Baby, Celebration, and more. We know many of our makers are cat-lovers so we thought we’d include this cute free cat book folding pattern. For more purrrfect projects check out our free amigurumi cat pattern and our how to draw a cat tutorial.


Christmas angel book folding pattern

Christine Craft’s free book folding pattern is perfect for Christmas. Christine shows you how to fold your book (choose a festive novel like A Christmas Carol for an extra Christmassy edge) into this pretty angel. This would look so good sat atop a book-lovers tree or perched on your stack of books.


Dog book folding pattern

We couldn’t include a free book folding pattern for cat-lovers and not include one for dog-lovers! Folded Book Art has this cool bone pattern which will show all your guest just how much you love mans best friend. This book folding pattern is a little more complex so we’d recommend practicing on an easier project first.


Home book folding pattern

All in The Folds is the ultimate book folding website! They have loads of free patterns as well as paid-for patterns making it the go-to hub for book folding addicts. Sign up to their website and you’ll get access to their past free book folding patterns as well as their free project of the month. How lovely is this home pattern?


Tree book folding pattern

Scrappy Sticky Inky Mess is a great place to go if you’re a newbie to the world of book folding. They teach you all the basics including how to an alternative for counting pages, adding a ribbon, multi-line folding, and much more. They have a whole blog post full of templates including the tutorial for these tree book folding pattern.


Lantern book folding patterns

Candice from ReFabDiaries has kindly uploaded her free book folding patterns that were originally featured in Budget Living Magazine and we’re so glad she did! These cool wall art books are a fab way to upcycle old books or charity shop books into unique artwork for your home.


Mum book folding pattern

Give your mum a special handmade gift this Mothers Day with Doodle and Stitches free book folding pattern. Learn how to fold a book with their step by step tutorial and use your mum’s favourite childhood book to fold with. For more Mothers Day projects check out DIY Mothers Day gifts round up.


Free book folding shapes

Rather than folded motifs inside the books Jen from Frugal State has gone one step further. She shows you how to turn books into these 3D shapes that make cool decorations for your bookcase, side tables, shelves… or anywhere you fancy really! You could also spray your shapes in different colours to match your decor.


Free book folding pattern for Halloween

Book folding really is for every season. All Free Crafts shows you how to turn a book into a spooky little pumpkin. This is the perfect free book folding pattern for beginners because it’s really simple and takes very few steps. To match your new paper pumpkin why not make our halloween garland?


Chinese symbol folding patterns

Oru Fun has several Chinese symbol book folding patterns on its blog. These patterns don’t come with a step-by-step tutorial but they do have a chart. As long as you can read book folding charts you’ll be fine but we definitely recommend this project for more experienced book folders.


Rose book folding pattern

Ok so this one isn’t technically book folding but it was too pretty for us not to include! Fern Makes shows you how to turn a few pages of a book into this delicate rose. Make a single rose or fold up several pages to make a bunch – either way we think it would make a lovely gift for a book-loving pal.


Alphabet book folding patterns

Once you’ve learned how to fold the alphabet the world of book folding is your oyster. Heather Reddy Art shows you how to fold each letter of the alphabet with simple charts and instructions. Having this guide handy will allow you to fold full names, places, and phrases making your book fold more personalised.


Squirrel book folding pattern

Make everyone’s fall friend with Love Book Folding’s free book folding pattern. They have lots of lovely projects on their site but we especially loved this squirrel pattern. Plus the Youtube video which accompanies the pattern is ideal for book folding beginners.


Number book folding patterns

Mr_o_uk over on the Instructables blog has created a really useful tutorial on how to fold your own numbers. We love that he’s used them as table numbers at his wedding! If you’re looking to give your wedding a crafty touch check out our DIY wedding favours post.


Fold your state!

Show some national pride and fold your country, county, or state. Thistle Wood Farms has the free book folding pattern for the state of Kentucky over on her blog. She shows you exactly how to fold old books into something beautiful that you can display for years to come.


Whimsical tree book folding pattern

This magical-looking tree is by Failin over on the Instructables. They show you how to turn the middle of your favourite book (we’re thinking a fairytale would be great for this) into a little tree. Use their free pattern to make yours and gift to a little one who’s hoping to spot a fairy one day.


Faith book folding pattern

Fold your faith with Create and Craft’s free book folding pattern. They’ve made a handy downloadable PDF that has all the instructions you’ll need as well as a handy chart. This is a lovely project for those of you wanting to show your devotion and faith – no matter what religion you ascribe to.


COVID free book folding pattern

We all deserve this free book folding pattern after the year we’ve had! This would make for a cheeky gift this Christmas that your family members will appreciate. Zoes Novel Creations has the pattern up on their blog along with lots of paid-for patterns.


Splodge book folding pattern

Fold your own abstract splodge with Oru Fun’s free book folding pattern. This one would be a great one to paint or spray different colours and use as decoration in a kid’s room.


Batman free book folding pattern

For all you superhero and Sci-Fi fans, Folded Book Art has free book folding patterns for you. They have a collection of different patterns including this Batman one. There’s everything from Star Wars to Star Trek, Spiderman to a dragon!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our free book folding patterns and have found your next papercraft obsession! If you’ve got the papercraft bug now but need to update your kit then never fear. We’ve rounded up the best printers for card making along with the best die cutting machines for beginners. There’s also a guide to the best glue guns on the market – for neat projects you need top equipment. 


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A spot of DIY Book Art, and a Giveaway…

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Firstly a huge thank you for the lovely comments about Harry’s playroom and the Book Nook; it quite made my week.  The folded book art seemed to capture a few imaginations, so this week here’s a mini tutorial on how I made the various books above and below, using a pile of 20p junk shop books.  Trial, error, glue and a large glass of wine all played a role in the end results, but if you’re inspired to have a go, read on.  If the idea of laboriously folding your way through a fusty and dog-eared old novel is about as appealing as dental extraction, whisk straight to the end and allow me to tempt you with a giveaway instead.

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1. Creating a hanging ‘Cascade’ book

I made this one last night using a small (6 inch) hardback Peppa Pig book from a charity shop.  Find any hardback book; kids’ books are great for this as they don’t have many pages.  You’ll also need glue or double-sided sticky tape, a round pencil or pen (for rolling the paper), and a stack of paper for your cascades.  I used Papermania solid card stock, which I adore, but anything will do; brightly coloured tonal papers give this lovely effect, but clashing rainbow colours or plain paper also look great, depending on where you intend to hang it.

  • Start by rolling each page over on itself and sticking it in place so you have a series of gentle loops.  Doing this will gently force the book covers out to lie flat (or at least to be held open), and create a kind of concertina of folds for you to tuck your cascading pages into.
  • Take a series of sheets of paper that are approximately the same size as the original book pages, and again gently roll each one over on itself and stick the ends together, giving you a selection of tubular, petal-shaped inserts.  Don’t use too much pressure here; you want rounded curves rather than creases.
  • Tuck in your pages randomly between the folded book pages, and secure in place with glue or tape.
  • Add a few more pages by taping these to your first layer of inserts
  • Next, take some strips of contrasting colour paper and roll them up in a pencil, before gently pulling out to give a tendril-like effect.  Glue these in place between the lowest layer of looped paper.
  • Finally, screw a small eyelet hook into the centre of the cardboard book spine and use this to hang it from the ceiling or a wall hook.
  • You can make these as big and fluid as you like, by adding layer after layer; it would make a beautiful mobile or sculpture trailing down a wall.. when I get the time I’m thinking of making a huge, floor to ceiling one in muted papers for a corner of our bedroom.

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2. Creating Rolled Books

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These are the easiest to make, if you choose the right kind of book.  They look beautiful when stacked in loose piles, but also when hung as barrel-like pendants.  First, decide whether you are going to fold just the middle of the book like the first one above, or whether you want to create a whole rolled book (middle).  You can also leave a single sheaf of pages standing proud (above right) for added interest.

  • For a ‘barrel’ book, choose a chunky book (200-300 pages); the width will help it hold its shape. First, ease off the paperback book cover and any loose pages which come away with it.  Flex the spine a bit until it loosens – as if it’s been read many many times.  You’re hopefully using old junk shop books so this won’t take long.
  • Glue a long piece of string along the exposed spine; this will allow you to hang the book when finished and is much easier than trying to thread string through the finished piece.
  • Open the book in the middle and take a section of about 20 pages and roll it into the spine.  Do this 3 or 4 times and they will start to hold their form and push the book outwards.  You can glue or tape these loops in place by gluing the upper most sheet and pressing firmly into place, but often you won’t need to use any glue at all.

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  • Once you get to the end of the book, go back to the middle and work around the other half, doing the same.  The book will naturally form an increasingly tight barrel, and you will end up tucking your loops in. Glue your final loop in place and – hey presto – you have a rolled barrel book.  If you want to hang it up, thread a bead to the bottom of the spine string to hold it in place and for the book  to ‘sit on’, and you’re done.

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3. Folded Books

These are very simple but a little more time-consuming.  I showed you one last week which involved folding just a section of the book.  If you follow the same principle and work your way all through the book, you’ll end up with a diamond-like hanging pendant like this;

folded book pendant

I made these by the making the same two simple folds – just over and over again.  If you’re making a hanging pendant, choose a thick book (at least 300 pages) so you get a nice full shape.  And yes, that’s 600 folds, hence the large glass of wine.  Other learnings; don’t do this whilst your 3yr old son is still awake and, inspired by the crafting environment, is demanding to be allowed to do some ‘scissor practice’ on your book.  Also don’t practice your folding technique on the paperback being read by your husband, even if it was lying temptingly on the table; it won’t be appreciated. So, take your book and simply fold once to the centre;

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And twice to bring the top corner down to meet the fold; then keep doing this for every single page.  As before, if you want to hang these ultimately, glue some cord down the external spine before you begin folding, leaving a good length hanging out at either end.

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Once you’ve got the hang of folding, you can experiment with punches too; I used a circle punch to take a slice out of each page of this one below.

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Phew; enough curling and folding; I’m now bedecked with small paper cuts and doubtless the beginnings of repetitive strain injury, but I do have a beautiful shelf full of repurposed books.  let me know how you get on..

And finally.. I have a $100 gift certificate for US craft supplier the Shoppe at Somerset to give away.  I received this as a ‘thank-you’ for a piece that I wrote for one of their publications, but whilst the e-store is filled with a myriad of tempting things, prohibitive transatlantic shipping costs mean that I’d much rather a reader of this blog is able to benefit and to spend every cent on frivolous but delicious craft materials.  If you’d like to win this, just let me know in a comment below and Harry will do the big draw on Monday.

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Happy folding (and wine drinking…)!

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Book Folding Art Class -- Master the Basics of Book Folding

A new use for an old book? Fold it into a work of art

Books have more uses than might be obvious. Sure, you can press flowers in a heavy one and set out the pretty ones as decoration. You can read the darn things. But have you tried turning a book into three-dimensional sculpture?

The process can be quite simple; the result a beautiful conversational piece.

There are many permutations of book folding, an art form that involves folding pages of a hardcover book — sometimes combined with cutting the paper — within the book’s own binding. The finished work pops off the page three-dimensionally, and may be hung on a wall or placed atop a table. Groupings of three or more are the most dynamic.

"They look impressive on the wall," says Candice Caldwell of Chicago. "A group of six of these on the wall together can look really beautiful, and they’re just really simple folds."

Caldwell, who blogs about repurposing everyday items such as books at "the ReFab Diaries," was turning old books into clocks when, in 2003, she saw a simple book-folding project in a do-it-yourself magazine and gave it a try.

She has since taught several friends and her mom how to fold books into wall art.

"It’s very, very forgiving," says Caldwell. ( )

Clare Youngs, author of "Folded Book Art" (CICO Books, 2017), also says book folding is easy. Her book includes instructions for folding a butterfly and other patterns.

"It looks as if it is complicated and unachievable, but it is really easy to do," Youngs said in an email from her home in Kent, England. "You just don’t tell anyone how easy it is and they will be amazed at your creations." ( )

Find book-folding tutorials on YouTube ("Introductory Book Sculpture Lesson" by Johwey Redington is a good one) and at crafting blogs — Caldwell shares links to many helpful sites. Instructables, the website that lists "how-to" instructions about homes, crafting and technology, shares a "three-step" tutorial. Or buy a $3 to $5 kit from an online Etsy seller, says Ann Martin, author of "All Things Paper" (Tuttle Publishing, 2015).

"For several dollars you’ll receive a pattern geared toward what you’re wanting to fold," says Martin, of Wilmington, Delaware. "You can even fold letters in different fonts. It’s mind-boggling how many patterns are out there." ( )

Patterns include animals, geometric designs, numerals and inspirational words, and both patterns and finished pieces are sold at Care to see or purchase a sophisticated upcycling of this craft? Visit Crizu, an Italian company that transforms books into elegant 3-D sculpture. ( )

"My mouth is always hanging open when I find these people (such as the Crizu artists)," says Martin. "I can’t get over the creativity that people come up with for a plain ol’ book. They turn it into something completely different."

Youngs began folding pages into art several years ago when she saw images of the craft online at Pinterest. She watched a few YouTube tutorials before folding her daughter’s age into a book.

"It is quite a therapeutic activity," says Youngs. "You get into a rhythm of scoring and folding that is relaxing, and it’s very satisfying to see the shape develop."

Martin has a quick comeback for those who think book folding is an act of destruction.

"Let’s be realistic here. Sometimes old books are better suited for a new purpose," Martin says. "I feel it’s OK to go ahead and take that old, unused book that’s going to be tossed anyway and turn it into a work of art."

For projects that require hardcover books, some of the best include "Reader’s Digest Condensed Books," with their pretty inside covers, says Martin. Caldwell recommends old recipe and photography books, and any hardcover that has gold-tipped edges or marbled interior covers. Find them at thrift stores and library sales.

"If it’s really visual and really colorful when you start to fold it, you get a whole new look on the wall," says Caldwell.

Other book-folding projects require paperback books; the finished pieces generally are standing 3D shapes.

Hang a finished hardcover work of art with a ceramic plate hanger; place a dowel or pencil horizontally behind the book cover for support.


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