Maze book tutorial
Here is a tutorial I’ve wanted to write up and share with you all for a little while. These little books are called maze books. I am not sure if that is the real name, but that is what my friend calls them who taught me how to make them. I use them as little gift cards as well. Anyway, here is how you do it.
You start with a piece of paper that is twice as long as it is high. I used a 7cm x 14cm piece but you can use a 10cm x 20cm or even bigger. Bigger is probably easier.
Start with making mountain folds as in the crease pattern above. Mountain folds are when you fold the paper away from you. Make sure you make the creases nice and sharp – this will help you when you want to put the book together.
Now it is getting a little bit more complicated; the next creases you will be making are all valley folds. Valley folds are when you fold the top of the paper towards you. You should end up with a piece of paper as above.
Here is a diagram to make it easier; the straight lines are mountain folds, the dashed lines are valley folds.
The last step is to do some cutting. I have drawn it into the picture above for you where to make the cuts. Make sure you have a very sharp craft knife or a scalpel.
Well this is basically it, you have made yourself a maze book. Congratulations!
What did you say? It does not look like anything?
O.k. there is one more step: you need to fold the whole thing together using the creases you made in the beginning. I used to struggle with this a bit and found that the easiest way to do this is to first gently push in the diagonal folds. After that the whole book just folds up quite easily. You can then make 2 little cuts on the last “page” and weave a little piece of ribbon (or leather) through it.
You now have a plain version of the maze book, it probably needs some decorating. You can put your own message in it or use a more decorative paper like scrap book paper. I have also seen these made with a photo printed on it, for a more personalized book.
Whatever you do with it, we would love to see what you have come up with so don’t forget to post a picture to the Folding Trees flickr group.