15 Book Folding Patterns

Looking for a new hobby? Book folding is easy to learn, has no startup costs, and is eco-friendly. The process can be quite simple; the result is a beautiful conversational piece. To get you started, all you need is a thick book with lots of pages, a little patience, and these gorgeous book folding patterns below.

Books have more uses than might be obvious. Sure, you can press flowers in a heavy one and set out the pretty ones as decoration. But have you tried turning a book into three-dimensional sculpture?

There are many permutations of book folding, an art form that involves folding pages of a hardcover book – sometimes combined with cutting the paper – within the book’s own binding. The finished work pops off the page three-dimensionally, and may be hung on a wall or palaced atop a table. All you need are a few old books and you are ready to start!


1. Read Book Folding Pattern by Have Fun Book Folding

Have fun folding this custom design of the word Read. Easy to display in any decor, this classic pattern will enable you to make unique, beautiful gifts for the booklovers in your life.

Read Book Folding Pattern by Have Fun Book Folding

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2. Christmas Tree Book Folding Pattern by Simplex Book Folding

This book folding pattern allows the folder to create this unique Christmas tree pattern to be in the book. It’s very simple to create. The end result is so impressive to look at as well as looks great in any place of your house.

Christmas Tree Book Folding Pattern by Simplex Book Folding

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3. Snowflake Book Folding Pattern by Instructables

For those of you who like to plan ahead for Christmas, here is a fun pattern for a snowflake book art. The pattern requires 260 folds so you will need a book (preferably hard backed) with at least 520 pages and which is a approx. 21 cms tall (8 inches).

Snowflake Book Folding Pattern by Instructables

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4. Tree Of Life Book Folding Pattern by 1000 Cranes Crafts Art

A combination cut and fold, measure and mark book folding pattern of a classic Tree of Life image. This is for an 823 page book, so it is a big project, but, as you can see from the photo, totally worth the effort.

Tree Of Life Book Folding Pattern by 1000 Cranes Crafts Art

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5. Folded Book Angel by Christine’s Crafts

Hand made Christmas decorations are so beautiful. What could be nicer than an angel made from an old book? A folded book angel is virtually free to make and as a result you can make loads of them if you want to. This would look so good sat atop a book-lovers tree or perched on your stack of books.

Folded Book Angel by Christine's Crafts

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6. Butterfly Book Folding Pattern by Have Fun Book Folding

Beloved for its delicate beauty and grace, the butterfly symbolizes new life, new beginnings, and triumph over tribulation. Use this pattern for any occasion to create a beautiful gift for someone special.

Butterfly Book Folding Pattern by Have Fun Book Folding

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7. Vase Book Folding Pattern by Foldilocks

Once you have folded the book you can add some handmade flowers to make a striking and unique gift for a friend or family, it also makes a lovely thank you gift. 

Vase Book Folding Pattern by Foldilocks

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8. Pray Book Folding Pattern by Looks Inviting

This “Pray” Book Folding Pattern Allows you to create your own folded book art as pictured in the book below. The pattern requires 231 folds so you will need a book (preferably hard backed) with at least 462 pages and which is a minimum of 20 cms tall (8 inches). It uses a medium size, easy to read font and the finished word is approx. 11 cms tall (4.25 inches).

Pray Book Folding Pattern by Looks Inviting

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9. Paw Prints Folded Book Art by Instructables

Celebrate your furry friend and the loving bond you share when you fold this Paw Print design. You can also use this pattern to create beautiful gifts for the animal lovers in your life.

Paw Prints Folded Book Art by Instructables

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10. Bride And Groom Book Folding Pattern by Simplex Book Folding

Planning a wedding and want a unique centerpiece for your table? Here’s a Bride and Groom Book Folding Pattern that’s a perfect gift for a bride to be or a wedding decoration. This book fold can be displayed on a mantel, accent a bookshelf, table decoration, or can be a centerpiece for your wedding reception.

Bride And Groom Book Folding Pattern by Simplex Book Folding

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11. Fireplace Book Folding Pattern by Book Folding Treasures

This is a Cut and Fold pattern. The pattern can be done as an outtie, or combi as you prefer. The outtie is pictured and it is done as a 180. If done as a combi you will have the top and bottom sections angled and no shelf.

The shelf and fireplace sections need to be cut deeper to allow for items to be displayed on the shelf and a battery tealight in the fireplace.

Fireplace Book Folding Pattern by Book Folding Treasures

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12. Family Book Folding Pattern by Simplex Book Folding

Add a little more love to your home with this custom pattern of the word Family. Few things in life matter more than your family. Help keep them close to your heart by folding and displaying this design. You can also use this pattern to create a meaningful gift.

Family Book Folding Pattern by Simplex Book Folding

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13. Folded Owl Book Page Art by Atta Girl Says

Wondering what to do with old books you don’t want to read anymore? Learn how to upcycle them into book page crafts, like this adorable owl. Isn’t this owl book page art just the cutest? It’s a great handmade touch for fall. 

Folded Owl Book Page Art by Atta Girl Says

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14. Hedgehog Folding Book Art by Wikihow

A book hedgehog is a perfect craft to make if you’ve got an old book lying around and don’t want to throw it away. This craft is easy to make and looks great when it’s finished! You can use it for sticking in things like postcards or photos.

Hedgehog Folding Book Art by Wikihow

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15. Book Folding Patterns Free Download Heart Pattern

Book Folding Patterns Free Download Heart Pattern will look amazing on your bookshelf. Combine your love of reading with your love of paper crafts to create these spectacular 3D sculptures from your books. This paper craft does not involve the use of glue so the book that you use will still be readable.

Alternatively you could use a book with blank paper to create the same effect, or even color the pages of a blank book to create your own unique color design. So why wait any longer, start right now.

Book Folding Heart Free Pattern


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NOW YOU’RE DOWN WITH THESE BOOK FOLDING PATTERNS, IT’S TIME TO GET FOLDING!

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We hope you’ve enjoyed these book folding patterns and have found your next papercraft obsession! Happy book folding!

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