bc003 ~ The Circus Procession Fold-out Book Tutorial

Required tools and supplies:

  • X-acto knife and fresh blade

  • A thin metal straight-edge ruler. Make fold lines by pressing against edge of the ruler.

  • Tweezers, detailing scissors

  • Good cutting mat

  • Fast-grab, quick-dry white craft glue that dries clear, and a glue stick

  • Small piece of aluminum foil to use as a glue pot

  • Slender artist's paint brush to apply glue


1.  Cut out all pieces. DO NOT CUT FRONT AND BACK COVERS APART!!!




2. Paint glue to the blank side of the spine, and carefully glue it to the cover as shown. You may want to position it before painting glue to get the feel of where it is suppose to be.

3. Fold spine’s tabs to inside of cover and then glue in place.

4. Fold the cover’s six edge panels inward. Make sure that the panels’ diagonal seams abut to each other – no white space should show through.

5. Paint glue to the backs of the six edges panels and press bonds.

6. Mark the center point of the ribbon. Mark a light pencil line across the inside of the cover. Paint a strip of glue along the line. Press ribbon (with center mark in the middle) onto glue.

7.  Place cover inter-leaves to get feel for their placement. Paint glue to inter-leaves and press bond (do one at a time). Note: copyright notice goes to back cover.

8.  Use the metal straight-edge and carefully crease on either side of the spine’s tabs. Be sure to hold down the edges of the spine’s length to keep it from popping loose from its glue.

9. Take the two strips of pages and paint glue to the tab on panels 7-12. Glue the tab to the underside of the right end of panels 1-6 as shown.

10.  Paint glue to the tab at the left end of panels 1-6 and bond the title page to the tab.

11. Accordion-fold the pages using the guidelines found between each panel. Note the short end to the left of the title page and how it is folded. Now notice the direction of the first fold along the right edge of the title page. Accordion-fold from that guideline.


12.  Generously paint the glue to the short end on the left edge of the title page. That glue is painted to the printed surface.

13. Press the glue onto the inside area of the spine as shown in this photo.

14. Here is how the seam looks from the front.

15. Make sure all the glue is perfectly dry, then fold up the pages and tie the ribbon.
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