How to Create an Accordion Fold Leaflet

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How to Create an Accordion Fold Leaflet
Learn the accordion fold to make your own brochures and pamphlets. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Folded leaflets and brochures are popular in marketing materials, crafting and school projects. These simple folds are used to strategically divide key information into a pleasing and cohesive manner. You can use any sized paper to create as many folds as you like, but the traditional six-panel accordion fold is one of the more popular styles.

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Things you need

  • 8-by-11-inch sheet of card stock
  • Ruler
  • Pens, drawing tools

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  1. 1

    Place a sheet of card stock on a flat surface. Divide the sheet into three equal sections, each 3.67 inches long, and mark both long edges. Use a ruler to draw straight lines to connect the marks.

  2. 2

    Fold the bottom of the sheet over itself so that the crease is on the first line. Crease using the edge of the ruler.

  3. 3

    Fold the paper behind itself, so that crease is on the second line. Crease using the edge of the ruler. The top and bottom edges of the paper should be aligned.

  4. 4

    Rotate the paper so the creases are on the sides and the front panel opens from right to left. The front panel is the cover of the leaflet.

  5. 5

    Write or design the content. Divide your information so that a different topic or concept is on each panel.

Tips and warnings

  • Use longer or wider sheets of paper to increase the number of panels.
  • If you are designing a brochure on a program such as Photoshop or InDesign, make sure to set the correct panel layout or template before printing.

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