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The Art of the Fold
This variation of the booklet fold family is one that we’ve designed to be particularly three-dimensional, adding pop-ups and a star form. A dramatic effect is created from the simple repetition of the same pop-up six times. The interior space at the center of this structure is as compelling as the pop-ups that fold outward. The use of color, collage and drawings can only intensify the resulting effect. Using paper with a translucent quality allows lights to filter into the center and adds another dimension. The pop-up we describe below is simplified for clarity’s sake. We recommend experimenting with pop-up techniques, as even the simplest pop-ups are tricky to achieve without some trial and error first. Fold a scrap of paper in half, cut several pieces to the height and width of one section, and draw a vertical center line. It is important not to extend beyond the center line of the page or they will, when collapsed, extend beyond the confines of the page.

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  • How to make a bound book. Booklet Fold Star Pop Up - Step 1
    Step 1

    Fold a six-section accordion. With three mountain folds facing up, fold the sheet horizontally in half away from you.

  • How to make a bound book. Booklet Fold Star Pop Up - Step 2
    Step 2

    Open the accordion up toward you.

  • How to make a bound book. Booklet Fold Star Pop Up - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cut along the horizontal valley fold, leaving the first and sixth sections intact.

  • How to make a bound book. Booklet Fold Star Pop Up - Step 4
    Step 4

    Lift, bringing the top half toward you, standing it up.

  • How to make a bound book. Booklet Fold Star Pop Up - Step 5
    Step 5

    Gently push both ends toward the center until a star shape emerges. This is the basic shape of our form.

  • How to make a bound book. Booklet Fold Star Pop Up - Step 6
    Step 6

    Unfold the star form and bring it back to the accordion in step 1.

  • How to make a bound book. Booklet Fold Star Pop Up - Step 7
    Step 7

    Create a template for your pop-up. The template should be half the height of the accordion. It should also tell you what is a cut line and what is a fold line to avoid confusion.

  • How to make a bound book. Booklet Fold Star Pop Up - Step 8
    Step 8

    With the three mountain folds facing left, trace your pop-up template in mirror image onto the upper and lover halves of the top section of the accordion.

  • How to make a bound book. Booklet Fold Star Pop Up - Step 9
    Step 9

    If your paper is thin, cut through all layers at once. If it is thick, trace the template on all three layers in the same orientation.

  • How to make a bound book. Booklet Fold Star Pop Up - Step 10
    Step 10

    Fold the pop-ups in both directions, creasing well.

  • How to make a bound book. Booklet Fold Star Pop Up - Step 11
    Step 11

    Push the pop-ups in.

  • How to make a bound book. Booklet Fold Star Pop Up - Step 12
    Step 12

    As in steps 4 and 5, return the piece to the star form, pulling the pop-ups into position. They should be popping outward. Experiment with a variety of shapes. For additional surprise effects, add color to either the inside or outside faces of the pop-ups.

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