How to Make Your Own Flip Book

Updated June 05, 2017

A flip book is a small book that creates the illusion of movement when the pages are quickly flipped. Best of all, they are easy and fun to make on a tight budget. With just a little bit of paper, scissors and a pencil you can become an animator. They're fun for all ages, and these books can bring out the artist in anyone. Even without refined drawing abilities, a creative thinker can make an amazing flip book and a beautiful piece of art.

Find a regular piece of printer paper. Notebook paper can also be used, but the outcome won't be quite as good because of the lines.

Begin by folding the paper in half (line A on the diagram).

Fold the paper again, this time at line "B" in the diagram.

Reopen the paper and cut it in half across your original fold (line A).

Repeat these steps as many times as you would like. Each piece of paper you fold and cut will give your final flip book four pages. For example, three pieces of paper will result in a flip book with twelve pages. Using two sheets of paper should be the minimum.

Take the strips of paper and line them up along their folds, as shown in the diagram.

Fold the pieces of paper together to make a book.

Use a stapler to put three or four stables down the seam to hold the pages together (location A on the diagram).

Cut the edge of the book to make the pages even in length (location B on the diagram). Remove as little as you can while being certain that each page gets cut. This will make your book much easier to flip.

Your flip book is ready for use!

Plan what animation you want to create ahead of time. Remember, you will have to draw the same picture repeatedly, so try to keep it simple at first!

Draw the beginning of the animation on the first page of your flip book.

Turn to the next page and draw the next part of your animation. For example, if you are having a character wave, draw the exact same picture with their arm moved a little bit to the side.

Continue this throughout your entire flip book. The more pages you have, the longer your animation can be.

Once you're finished go back to the first page and try flipping through your flip book! If done correctly you should see your images come to life in animation. If not... don't be afraid to start from scratch!


Remember to keep your drawings at relatively the same point on each page. If they move a lot the animation won't make much sense. Try starting in a corner for a reference point. Drawing a pot with a quickly growing plant can be a great beginner flip book drawing. Start with an empty pot. Have a plant quickly sprout and bloom into a flower.


If you are making flip books with young children. make the various cuts for them.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
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Steven Elliott has been a writer for various websites since 2008. Although he publishes on a broad range of topics, his focus is in mental health. In 2011 he received a master's degree in counseling psychology from the University of North Florida.