DIY Books: Day-Glo Accordion Book

And so my desire to make homemade books continues to burn brightly! I mean that literally with this project!

I started working on this book a couple weeks ago based on a Paper Source Tutorial but was a little unsure how to create a cover. Then I was flipping through the book Paper Made! 101 Exceptional Projects to Make Out of Everyday Paper and voila, there it was same type of book with a great cover idea. I tweaked things a little, as usual, so here is my combo tutorial.

Day-Glo Accordion Book


  • 6 Astrobright envelopes: 4-3/4″ x 6-1/2″ or similar size. I bought mine at Staples
  • Glue stick
  • White glue
  • Lightweight cardboard
  • 8 1/2″ x 11″ Astrobright paper
  • Ribbon or Shoelace
  • Exacto Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Straight Edge



  • Step One Using a glue stick, glue the flap of the first envelope to the front side of another envelope.
  • Step Two Continue adding envelopes until they are all adhered together into an accordion.
  • Step Three Press envelopes between a few heavy books. Let dry.


  • Step One Cut out two cardboard pieces 1/2″ larger than your envelopes.
  • Step Two Cut your cover paper. The cover paper should be at least 1″ larger than the cardboard on all four sides. Trim each corner at a 45 degree angle.
  • Step Three Spread white glue on the cover sheet and smooth it out evenly across the paper.
  • Step Four Place your cardboard in the center of the sheet and fold the flaps over the cardboard edges carefully. The better your 45 degree cuts, the smaller a gap you’ll have at the corners, obviously I could have done better on this step!
  • Step Five Press between some books until the glue dries.

Book Assembly

  • Step One Center the ribbon on one of the cover sheets and glue it to the cardboard.
  • Step Two Spread glue over the front side of one of the end envelopes in your accordion. Turn it over, center on cardboard cover, and press together. Make sure to clean up any excess glue that may squeeze out.
  • Step Three Glue the second cover sheet to the front side of the last envelope on the other end of the accordion. Clean up excess glue so you do not accidentally glue any of your pages together.
  • Step Four Press the whole assembly between some heavy books and let dry.

You’re done! What can you use this little ditty for? All the odds and ends of everyday life: business cards, receipts, to-do lists etc. Kids can use it for stickers, tattoos, collections or organization projects. Get creative and burn brightly!

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  1. says

    So cute! I wonder if a certain 10 year old would like to make these at her sleepover bday party… I think that’d be really cute!

    I also thought… this might be a great idea for Christmas or Birthday cards every year! They’d be a bunch of different sizes, but it would be nice to be able to save all those sentiments year to year.

    • Ana Dziengel says

      Thanks for stopping by Julie! Depending on what paper you use you could totally make a completely different looking personalized book!

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