How to Make an Origami Book

Make a little book out of 2 sheets of paper without any glue or tape

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Take one sheet of A4 paper and one sheet of A5

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Fold A4 sheet in half

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Open sheet and fold in half the other way

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Open up sheet and fold left side into centre... Open and fold other side into centre to make 8 rectangles

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Open sheet and fold longest side up to centre

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Open sheet and fold the other side to centre to make 16 rectangles

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Using scissors or craft knife cut up first column 3 rectangles then next column cut down 3 rectangles then last column cut 3 rectangles. You should have made an M or W shape

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Fold one column on top of the next column

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Fold first column back and forth like a fan or accordion up to the top of first column

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Then fold second column back and forth like a fan

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Fold first two folded columns onto the second two columns... Folding should always be neat and tight. Don't fold over more than one sheet. This is a common mistake. Fold back to back.

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Continue to fold rectangles forward and back, column by column

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Until you have folded all columns. This is the inside of your book...

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Now for your front cover! Get your A5 sheet of paper and fold in half horizontally

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Open sheet then fold in half up to your little finger so you leave a slight gap

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Open up sheet and fold in half the other way up to your little finger... You have now created your spine

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The spine of your book

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Open up sheet of paper

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Using your little finger place next to the inside spine and fold up to your little finger leaving a gap between folded paper and spine... Repeat on other side

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Open sheet then fold in half horizontally. The fold down all the folds to make book cover shape with flaps

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Slot first page of inside cover in between left flap

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Slot back inside page into right flap

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Fold together and your origami book is made! If you choose to you can put them between something heavy to flatten it a little

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Once you have mastered this technique you can make different sizes and use textured/patterned papers.

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You can experiment with a variety of materials and decorate. Use books for projects, sketchbooks, journals, diaries or fill with loving words, quotes and photos. An alternative for valentines cards

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