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Folded Book Art

These cute little bees are very easy to make—before you know it, you’ll have a complete hive. Here, they form part of a charming scene, complete with flowers and honeycomb. They would make equally lovely greetings cards. Simply glue some of the cut-out honeycomb shapes on to a rectangular piece of card stock (card), fold the card stock (card) in half, and attach a little bee.

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Folded Book Art by Clare Youngs

Published by CICO Books

Create a fantastic world of delight with these 35 inspiring projects—all made from old books! Follow Clare Youngs' simple step-by-step projects to make a huge variety of creative book art projects. In the first chapter, Folding Books, get folding and make a beautiful bird, a sailor’s knot, and a shining star, they look impressive but are deceptively simple to make. In Chapter 2, Making Scenes, you will learn how to cut and glue splendid scenes such as tiny paper mushrooms and ferns under a glass bell jar, a fairytale castle, and a tiger in the jungle, all of which would make great gifts, or just keep and display them all yourself! Chapter 3, Refashioned Pages, has ideas for transforming the pages cut from books—make greeting cards, a botanical print lampshade, and hanging birds. All the projects have helpful step-by-step instructions and illustrations so all you need are a few old books and you are ready to start!

© 2018 Clare Youngs / CICO Books · Reproduced with permission. · Folded Book Art by Clare Youngs, CICO Books (£14.99) Photography by Jo Henderson © Ryland Peters & Small


Instructions

  • How to make a piece of book art. Honeycomb Bees - Step 1
    Step 1

    To make the bees, remove several pages from the old book. Stick two pages together by running glue along the short edge of one and overlapping the short edge of the other by 1⁄2in. (1cm).

  • How to make a piece of book art. Honeycomb Bees - Step 2
    Step 2

    Use a pencil to mark a point 11⁄3in. (3cm) in from the bottom-right-hand corner of your glued pages. Now mark a point 2⁄3in. (1.5cm) in from the top-right-hand corner. Draw one line from the bottom-right-hand corner to the point marked at the top, and another from the point marked 11⁄3in. (3cm) along the bottom to the point at the top. You will have made a tall triangle.

  • How to make a piece of book art. Honeycomb Bees - Step 3
    Step 3

    Use scissors to cut out the triangle and spread glue along its length. Roll the triangle up tightly, starting from the short edge. This forms the body of the bee.

  • How to make a piece of book art. Honeycomb Bees - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut strips of yellow and black paper measuring 11⁄2 x 1⁄8in. (3.5cm x 4mm).
    Run glue along each strip and wind it around the body of the bee, to make a stripe. I placed three or four on each bee, leaving a little space between each one.

  • How to make a piece of book art. Honeycomb Bees - Step 5
    Step 5

    Photocopy a sample of type on to tracing paper. I found a lovely old script on a music sheet, but you can use anything you like. Trace over the wing template and use scissors to cut out the shape. Dab glue on the underside of the bee and stick the wings to the body.

  • How to make a piece of book art. Honeycomb Bees - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cut a small two-pronged shape for the antennae from a page in the old book. Stick this to the underside of the bee, at the front, so that the pronged section sticks out. Make several bees in the same way.

  • How to make a piece of book art. Honeycomb Bees - Step 7
    Step 7

    Trace out the honeycomb shape and transfer it to a page halfway through the old book. Use a craft knife and a ruler to cut out the shapes though the pages. Vary the depth you cut into the book.

  • How to make a piece of book art. Honeycomb Bees - Step 8
    Step 8

    Stick some of the cutout shapes together to make small hexagon blocks. Stick these to the page in the book for more variation in height.

  • How to make a piece of book art. Honeycomb Bees - Step 9
    Step 9

    Trace out the flower shapes and transfer them on to a page you removed from the book. Cut these out using a craft knife and protecting your work surface with a cutting mat. Pinch the petals in half and fold them upward to make them 3-D. Cut a semicircle at the center of each flower and fold back the cut section.

  • How to make a piece of book art. Honeycomb Bees - Step 10
    Step 10

    Stick the flowers to the page opposite the honeycomb, gluing them at their centers and grouping them together.

  • How to make a piece of book art. Honeycomb Bees - Step 11
    Step 11

    To make some of the bees hover above the flowers, cut one of the pages you removed from the book into three sections. Glue the sections together in layers, then cut them into strips measuring 21⁄3 x 1⁄8in. (6cm x 4mm). Stick one end of a strip to the underside of each bee, bend the strip into a curve, and stick the opposite end down among the flowers.

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