How to Make a 9-Page Booklet out of Paper

Make an Easy Nine-Page Paper Booklet

9-page booklet
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You can make an easy paper booklet from one sheet of rectangular paper/A4 paper. This kirigami book is a great little DIY project to make with kids,

Use origami folding techniques to divide the paper into 16 sections, and then cut along certain folds to end up with a nine-page paper booklet. Kirigami is an art form related to origami where you cut the paper.

You may want to use some glue at the end to make it more secure.

There are endless ways that this little paper book can be used, some examples include:

  • Make a handmade book instead of a greeting card, decorating it for a special occasion. This can be a very personal, elaborate, and fun way to give someone a special gift that they will hold on to and cherish.
  • Use this little Kirigami book to make a flip book with little moving animations.
  • Make a miniature book for your child's dolls. There are many lovely techniques to make antique style miniature books.

You can use any size paper, even square. If you do use square paper, the book will turn out square, too.

Make the First Folds

Folding the pages to make a 9-page booklet
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Start with your rectangular paper, with the color you don't want to see facing up.

  • Fold the paper in half, and then unfold.
  • Next, fold the bottom edge up to the top edge.
  • Again, fold the bottom edge up to the top edge, and then unfold.

Cut Along the Red Dotted Lines

Folding and cutting the paper.
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  • Fold the right edge and the left edge to the central crease and unfold. Unfold the paper back out.
  • Cut along the red dotted lines that are indicated in the diagram.
  • Start from the top right section, fold it to the left, and make a concertina, like an M shape with the sections until you reach the left side.

Concertina the Paper

Folding the parts of the pages.
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  • Fold the top left section down behind the lower section.
  • Continue to concertina the paper, flipping it behind at each end.

Finish Your Booklet

Folding and gluing the pages together.
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  • If you need to make the booklet sturdier, glue the sections that have gaps. There are three of these sections.
  • Your booklet is now complete.

You can make a cover for your little paper book by getting some thicker paper, cutting it to just a little taller than the book, and wrap it around the book. Leave some extra paper on each end to tuck in, just like a real book jacket.

You can take it a step further and glue the spine together, or glue the back of all of the sections, making a very sturdy little book.