Making an Accordion-Type Book

Students can made an accordion book easily form materials in most classrooms. Start with 12 x 18 paper. This can be manila paper, or light colored construction paper. Cut in half the long way and glue two ends together to make a 6 x 36 inch strip. Fold in half, and then fold each end to the center, as shown. This creates four equal pages.



Next fold the ends out to meet the outside fold, as shown. Make the two remaining folds to make an accordion of eight equal-sized pages. Each page should be about 4.5 x 6 inches. Cut two pieces of lightweight cardboard a little larger than the pages, about 5.5 x 7 inches. Glue the accordion pages onto the cardboard covers, centering them in the middle of the cardboard.


The cover cardboard can be decorated by hand or with decorative papers. Ribbon or yarn can be used to tie the book shut. Open it to use the book.