How to Make an Origami Mini Book

Updated February 21, 2017

You can make elaborate or simple origami minibooks with only one sheet of paper. The books can be used to write letters, as cards or other projects. Beginners should start with the simplest minibook. It requires one cut with scissors. The result is a small book with eight pages. The pages include the front cover, the back cover and six inside pages on which to write.

Fold the paper in half, horizontally from top to bottom. Keep the paper folded.

Fold the paper in half again from top to bottom. Keep the paper folded.

Fold the paper in half, this time from left to right.

Unfold the last two folds you made. The paper will now be in the same position as it was after you completed Step 1.

Look at the edge where the paper is folded. It will be the top edge. Locate the centre line made by the second and third folds. Cut along this line with the scissors until you reach the centre horizontal line. Do not cut past this line.

Unfold the paper. Fold the paper in half from left to right. You are folding it horizontally where the paper is cut.

Hold the top of the folded paper with one hand and the bottom of the paper with the other hand. Turn the paper horizontal. Push the ends of the paper you are holding in toward each other. The cut area of the paper will open. Keep pushing until the ends meet in the middle. You will end up with an X shape.

Fold the pages at their centre folds to finish the minibook. Any of the pages can become the front and back of the book.


The insides of the pages can be glued together.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Scissors
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Marilla Mulwane has been writing professionally since 2005. She has published a fantasy novel for young adults and writes articles on literature, pets, video games and tattoos. Her poetry has been featured on the website and products for the nonprofit organization HALos. She graduated from the State University of New York, Oneonta with a Bachelor of Arts in English and creative writing.