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How to Make Folded Book Angels

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Folded Book Angels Tutorial

Transform your old books into elegant and stylish paper angels through the art of folding. This upcycling project is a simple yet creative way to turn discarded books into treasures. You have the option to add a touch of sparkle with glitter or keep it minimalist in Scandinavian grey or pure white.


What You Need To Make Folded Book Angels

  • Old paperback book with a minimum of 180 pages
  • Strong craft knife
  • Small felt pompom
  • Scissors
  • White spray paint
  • Newspaper
  • Hot-glue gun
  • PVA glue and paintbrush
How to Make Folded Book Angels
How to Make Folded Book Angels
How to Make Folded Book Angels

Get Your Book Ready To Make A Folded Book Angel

Step One

Carefully detach the cover of the book. Ensure that the glue on the spine is strong enough to hold the pages together when folded.
How to Make Folded Book Angels

Let's Start Making Our Book Angel

Step Two

Starting with the first page, fold the top corner inward to meet the spine. Press firmly along the fold.
How to Make Folded Book Angels

Start By Folding The Pages In A Certain Way

Step Three

Fold the page once more, aligning it with the spine, and press along the fold.
How to Make Folded Book Angels

Fold The Pages To Make Triangle Shapes

Step Four

Fold the small triangle of overhanging paper down over the book block (the pages underneath) to create a crease line.
How to Make Folded Book Angels

Tuck In The Ends Of The Triangle Pages

Step Five

Tuck the triangle under the page at the crease line.
How to Make Folded Book Angels

Press The Pages Flat Of Our Folded Book Angels

Step Six

Fold the page down flat.
How to Make Folded Book Angels

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Step Seven

Continue with these folding steps (Steps 2-6) for every page in the book, flexing the spine as needed.


Folded Book Angels Tip

The last pages can be challenging to fold, but keep flexing the spine to help. If there's a gap at the back, apply some PVA glue to the last page and stick it to the first page to secure.
How to Make Folded Book Angels

We Will Start Seeing A Cone Shape Emerging

Step Eight

Fold enough pages to form a full cone shape. If necessary, you can remove excess pages by carefully cutting through the spine with a craft knife.
How to Make Folded Book Angels

Add On The Pompon Shape For The Head

Step Nine

Using a hot-glue gun, apply a small amount of hot glue to your felt pompom.
How to Make Folded Book Angels

Place The Pompom Onto Our Folded Book Angels

Step Ten

Attach the pompom to the top of the book angel and hold it in place for a few seconds to ensure it adheres securely.
How to Make Folded Book Angels

Now We Can Add Wings To Our Folded Book Angels

Step Eleven

Trace the wing templates from page 101 onto thin cardstock. Then, draw around them on two of the remaining pages of your old book and cut them out. If the book pages are very thin, create two pairs of wings and stick them together to make them sturdier.
How to Make Folded Book Angels

Attach The Wings To Our Folded Book Angels

Step Twelve

Use glue to attach the wings to your angel, slipping them between the pages to provide support.
How to Make Folded Book Angels

Now We Can Finally Paint Our Folded Book Angels

Step Thirteen

Place your angel on protective newspaper in a well-ventilated area. Following the manufacturer's instructions, shake the can of white spray paint and apply thin coats of paint from approximately 30cm (12 inches) away.

Allow each coat to dry thoroughly before applying the next. Once completely dry, display your angel on a table, tray, or window ledge.



Completed Folded Book Angels Tip

For added depth and interest, consider leaving some of the book visible. However, you can choose to paint your angel entirely if desired.

Enjoy your beautifully crafted folded-book angels, adding a touch of creativity and elegance to your decor while repurposing old books in a unique way.
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