How to Make a Squash Book

Steps for making a Squash Book. Handmade artist book.

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How to Make a Squash Book
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Start with square sheets of paper. This squash book is made with three sheets, but yours could use more.

Start with square sheets of paper. This squash book is made with three sheets, but yours could use more.

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Fold each paper in half diagonally.

Fold each paper in half diagonally.

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3
Fold paper in half horizontally.

Fold paper in half horizontally.

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Fold paper again along the opposite axis to create small squares.

Fold paper again along the opposite axis to create small squares.

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Lay the paper overlapping with diagonal folds  running in the same direction. The middle sheet is flipped over so the diagonal  folds upward, while the diagonals fold downward on the side sheets.

Lay the paper overlapping with diagonal folds running in the same direction. The middle sheet is flipped over so the diagonal folds upward, while the diagonals fold downward on the side sheets.

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Apply glue to one corner square.

Apply glue to one corner square.

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Overlap the middle sheet as shown in step 5.

Overlap the middle sheet as shown in step 5.

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Glue the third sheet in the same way.

Glue the third sheet in the same way.

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Like this!

Like this!

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Flip the sheets over.

Flip the sheets over.

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Here comes the squash fold!! Place one finger on the center of the folds and use your other hand to close the fold, kind of like making a puppet's mouth.

Here comes the squash fold!! Place one finger on the center of the folds and use your other hand to close the fold, kind of like making a puppet's mouth.

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Squash it down gently, so you have a nice square.

Squash it down gently, so you have a nice square.

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Here is the squash from another angle.

Here is the squash from another angle.

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Repeat the squash fold on the other side.

Repeat the squash fold on the other side.

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Now squash fold the center sheet of paper. This will squash in the opposite direction.

Now squash fold the center sheet of paper. This will squash in the opposite direction.

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Press the folds down firmly my running your fingers along the folds so that the folds are "crisp".

Press the folds down firmly my running your fingers along the folds so that the folds are "crisp".

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Here is how it opens up!

Here is how it opens up!

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Optional: glue two square cardboard pies onto either end as a book "cover"

Optional: glue two square cardboard pies onto either end as a book "cover"

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It's like making a sandwich!

It's like making a sandwich!

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It's like making a sandwich!

It's like making a sandwich!

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The squash book is constructed, now get creative decorating, writing, or drawing inside and on the cover.

The squash book is constructed, now get creative decorating, writing, or drawing inside and on the cover.

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