I have been fascinated this year with the idea of crafting with old books, magazines & junk mail to make functional or decorative items. There is just something alluring about the idea of making beauty out of what some would call junk. . . part recycling, part artistry~but completely “one of a kind”.
The first things I tried was book folding, which is, oddly enough, exactly what it sounds like. You simply fold the pages of books in a repetitive pattern to make them into object d’art.
Aren’t they interesting looking? The one in the back-the sort of 3d Diamond or double cone-is what I’ll show you in this tutorial.
This very simple pattern used the entire novel and took me about 2 hours to fold mindlessly while watching TV.
To make this version:
You simple fold the point of the triangle you formed in toward the spine of the book. This makes each folded page thicker-so you will either have a tighter book or just cut of the end of the book & use it for something else.
The patterns are only limited by your imagination. You can fold every other page in a different direction for multiple shapes. I’ve considered brushing the edges of the book with paint or ink to give it more depth & color as well.
They can be displayed individually on shelves, or in a grouping as a centerpiece. Have fun with it!
For a much more elaborate folded book-check out this one on Grand Illusions-they even have a video!
So what do you think? Do I have you itching to start folding?