Accordion Book


Accordion books can be constructed without stitching. They are composed of a continuous folded sheet of paper that you can also stand up to view all the pages at once. This bookmaking style has a rich, global history. As a book form, they had origins throughout Asia and were created to accommodate scroll-style books. Accordion books become longer and longer by adding more “accordions”.  Like the envelope book, this project can enhance your ELA, Social Studies, Science, and Math curriculum.

Suggested Reused Materials: Paper, cardstock or cereral boxes, fabric, glue, scissors

How to Make an Accordion Book:

  1. Cut paper into long narrow strips of even height and cut cereal box or card stock into two even sized squares or rectangles.
  2. Fold paper in half.
  3. Next, take the top layer of the folded paper and flip the edge back to meet the fold. Crease.
  4. Turn the paper over. Take the paper back and flip the edge of the paper back to meet the fold. Crease.
  5. Lift the first page and insert a piece of scrap paper. Cover this entire surface with glue .
  6. Place the folded pages, glue side down, on one corner of the cereal box/card stock. Leave a very narrow border around the edge.
  7. Remove the scrap paper and fold it in half with the glue on the inside.
  8. Continue adding pages as necessary.
  9. To complete the cover, trim the cereal box/card stock so that that there is a narrow border all around.
  10. Repeat for the second cover (using scrap paper, put glue on the other side of the pages and place the second cover on top. Smooth down to secure.
  11. Decorate cover with other reusable materials found around the home (buttons, ribbons, trim, etc).

Additional examples:

accordionbook5 accordionbook3 accordionbook4

Great downloadable resources:
Making Books: Accordion Books
Booklyn’s Accordion Books (How to + Lesson Plans)