If you’re considering a literary inspired wedding, or perhaps just want something a bit different for your centrepieces, then folded book art could be the answer. With a bit of practice and concentration, folded book art is easy to accomplish at a very low cost!
Thank you to Rachael Mills for submitting this fab tutorial and to Foldilocks for the folding pattern. Download the (free!) heart pattern before you begin, you’ll need it for the tutorial to make sense!
♥ Hardback book, at least 20 cm tall (for this pattern you need a book with at least 82 pages – the pattern has 41 folds, each of which needs one sheet)
Step 1: Place the book in front of you as though you are about to begin reading it. Now turn it 90 degrees anti-clockwise until the spine is facing you.
Step 2: A pattern looks better if it’s placed centrally in the book so we now need to calculate which page to start at. To do this simply divide the total number of pages by two to find out the total number of folds possible within your particular book. Mine has 473 pages so that means the maximum folds my pattern can have with 236. Them, subtract the number of folds that the pattern requires. This pattern has 41 folds so for my book the sum is 236 – 41 = 195. That means my starting point is page 195.
Don’t worry if you hate maths as this becomes second nature after a few patterns!
Step 3: You’ll be measuring from the top left corner across the book so place the 0cm mark of the ruler at the left hand edge of your starting page. You need to leave some room on the page to make the marks so don’t line it up too closely to the long edge of the page.