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One sheet of 8.5" x 11" (21.59 cm x 27.94 cm) paper
Orange peeler or butter knife
Paper cutter or scissors
Click on the picture for the full-size image.
Click on the picture for the full-size image.
After enlarging the image to full-size, print template 1 on the front of a sheet of computer paper and template 2 on the back of the same sheet of paper so that it looks like Figure 1 below.
Author's Note: When you print, the large outer squares must line up on each side of the paper. Look through the paper at a bright light and make sure the square on the side with the pages fits just inside the square on the side with the cover.
Trim the edges of the paper even with the outside lines of the square, making sure that you end up with an 8" (20.32 cm) square.
Fold the square in half, so that template 1 is divided into the front and back cover of the book.
Open the fold and fold the outside edges into the crease from the first fold and repeat for other side.
Open this fold also and fold the outside edges to this crease.
Turn your paper over and fold the edge you just folded over, still folded, to the front; making sure it is lined up with the crease.
Then flip the paper back over and fold this fold back in on itself.
Repeat for the other side of the paper.
Flip the paper over to the front one more time and fold it in half. Your paper should now be folded into an accordian shape.
Using the smooth edge of a butter knife, or an orange peeler, make a crease on the printed line.
Fold the paper over top of the crease that you just made.
Open the fold up and fold the edge of the paper into a triangle, lining up the creased fold with the middle line running down the paper.
Use your creasing tool to crease the bottom half of the fold on the triangle.
Turn your paper around and fold the triangle back over itself, again creasing the bottom half.
Open the triangle and turn so that you are holding your book as shown in the following image.
Pinching the triangle, open the piece out flat.
Make it as square as possible, then crease.
Open the paper up and fold on the printed line as shown in the following image.
Keeping the fold from the above step in place, fold your book back into an accordian shape.
Fold the main body of the book over very close to the edge of the fold you made on the printed line.
Fold this fold over itself and crease.
Open the book up as shown in the following figure, then flip the book over.
Pinching what will be the interior of the book between your fingers, open what will be the exterior of the book up and fold as shown in the following figure.
Crease the fold you just made.
Turn the book over, open up the folds, and
Turn the book over and open up the edges again, as shown.
You can now see your "pages" and the book's "cover".
Turn the book back over and , right above where you see your cover and making sure that the silver doesn't show, fold.
Fold the book cover in half horizontally, using the silver as a guide.
Fold the outside edges inward, as shown, then fold the same section over again. This will form your cover.
Fold the edges of the cover to the inside of the book, covering the excess interior pages; then fold it in on itself one more time.
Make the spine folds next, finishing up by repeating the previous cover folds for the back cover of the book.
Open the little flap left between the book cover and pages and tuck the little flap of the cover into it on each side.
Crease the folds until you are happy with the appearance.
PJ's tutorial was taken with permission from craftylilthing.blogspot.com, where there is also a step by step video (should you need a bit more help!).
Please note that the patterns and tutorials you find here have been designed by Harry Potter fans all over the Internet. The authors alone hold the copyrights and licences to these patterns and tutorials, which means you CANNOT use their patterns to make something that you will sell to others afterwards. You can use them to make things for yourself. You can make some for your friends and ask them to pay for supplies. You CANNOT, however, ask them to pay you to do it as though you had created this pattern by yourself, or try to sell you crafts to a local store.
Think about it. Would you take a Prisoner of Azkaban book, photocopy it, put your name in big red letters on the front cover and try to sell it in your local library? The answer is, obviously, no. Well, selling crafts you have made but not designed would be just as bad!
Also note that the tutorials, recipes and patterns found here have not been tested and that The Leaky Cauldron's Harry Potter Crafts section is not responsible for any mistakes they may contain. If you do find something wrong in one of them, however, please e-mail us to let us know.
On that note, Harry crafting to all!