This origami booklet is a simple project and can be completed in just a few minutes. Follow the instructions resented here to produce wedding souvenirs, meeting programs, a personal notebook, or any other multi-page document.
In order to fold this booklet, you’ll need a standard rectangular sheet of copy paper, a craft knife or blade-type cutting tool, and a place to work. Any other 8 X 11 paper will also work. Once you have completed this model successfully, you can change the size of the rectangle to alter the finished booklet’s dimensions. You can also use colored or patterned paper to give your booklet the desired look.
Before you begin folding, you’ll need to find an appropriate place to work. Folding against a hard, flat surface will allow you to make the sharp creases and accurate folds needed for a successfully completed model. A table, hardback book, or even a floor will work (you will also need a protective covering for the table when the craft knife is in use). Make creases even sharper by running a pencil or ruler edge over each one as you work.
Follow the directions carefully and move on to the next step only when you are confident that all previous steps have been correctly completed.
- Position an 8 X 11 piece of paper on your work surface so that its short edges are facing to the left and right. If you are using two-sided paper, make sure that the color you want for the cover of your booklet is facing down.
- Bring the top edge of the model down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and unfold.
- Bring the left edge of the model over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
- Bring the left edge of the model over to meet the center vertical crease line. Crease and unfold.
- Bring the right edge of the model over to meet the center vertical crease line. Crease and unfold.
- Use a craft knife to slice the model along its center horizontal crease line, from the left vertical crease line to the right vertical crease line – do not slice all the way to the edges.
- Bring the top edge of the model down to meet the bottom edge. Re-crease and leave folded.
- Lift the resulting rectangular model up off your work surface.
- Grasp the model at its left and right vertical crease lines and push inward. The two layers at the center of the model should separate, one toward the back and the other toward the front. Push inward until your fingers touch at the center.
- Bring the flap that is sticking out toward the front of the model to the right and bring the flap that is sticking out toward the back of the model to the left. Press the model flat.
- Bring the left edge of the model (all layers) over to meet the right edge and press flat. This completes the booklet.