DIY Books: Day-Glo Accordion Book

by on February 14, 2013

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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Leslie February 14, 2013 at 11:48 am



Ana Dziengel February 15, 2013 at 6:12 am

Thanks Leslie!!!!! So glad you like it as I love your style :)


Grace @ Craftadon.com February 15, 2013 at 8:32 am

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 February 16, 2013 at 5:50 am

Hi Grace,
I love, love, love the idea of saving cards in this! Perfect for Valentines cards too!


Julie February 15, 2013 at 11:51 am

I think my oldest son would love something like this to keep things in! Thanks for sharing!


Ana Dziengel February 16, 2013 at 5:53 am

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


Monsterscircus February 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Really nice book, the idea is so brilliant, and just love your vibrant colour combi. Thanks for the tutorial, it’s great! Have a nice weekend


Ana Dziengel February 17, 2013 at 5:33 am

Thank you so much! Your blogs rocks too!


The Stepford Wife February 17, 2013 at 6:41 am

A great idea, I see so much additional activities we can do with this kind of book. I’ve done something similar with my kids, see here http://stepfordska-supruga-en.blogspot.com/2012/10/diy-texture-board-and-picturebook.html


The Stepford Wife February 17, 2013 at 6:42 am

p.s. found you via Diana Rambles’ pin me party.


Ana Dziengel February 18, 2013 at 7:31 am

Hi Irena,
Thanks for stopping in; I love your texture book idea! Pinned it!


Michelle@yagottahaveahobby February 18, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Wow! What a great tutorial. Such a neat idea!


Ana Dziengel February 19, 2013 at 4:55 am

Thanks Michelle! Glad you liked it!


Diana Rambles February 21, 2013 at 8:22 am

This is an adorable idea!! My daughter would just love this! Pinned!


Ana Dziengel February 22, 2013 at 6:16 am

Thanks Diana!


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