How to make a book with A4 paper

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How to make a book with A4 paper
Use a straight edge to ensure your folds are neat. (Getty creative)

Folding a sheet of A4 paper into a mini-book that contains six pages and a front and back cover is an easy arts and crafts project. You can use your mini-book to write an illustrated short story, as a picture book or as an address book.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • A4 paper
  • Straight edge
  • Scissors

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Line up the paper so that the short side is facing you and fold it in half away from you. Fold the now folded sheet of paper away from you one more time.

  2. 2

    Turn the paper so that the short side is facing you and fold it in half away from you.

  3. 3

    Unfold the paper two times and turn it so that the long side is facing you. Four equal rectangles should now be folded into the paper.

  4. 4

    Cut along the middle line to the centre of the paper.

  5. 5

    Completely unfold the paper and turn it so that the long side is facing you. Bring the top half of the paper toward you and grab both sides of the paper. Push the sides toward each other. The shape of the mini-book should start to form.

  6. 6

    Push the sides together until the pages come together. Lay the book flat on the table and press on it to flatten the pages.

  7. 7

    Open up the book and leaf through its pages to ensure that they were all formed correctly.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure to supervise kids when allowing them to make a mini-book. Paper cuts, although not dangerous, are common when folding and cutting paper.

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