Father’s Day Accordion Book

June 16, 2017

Raise the bar on standard Father’s Day cards this year by making something extra special for your dad with this tutorial from our #DAMCreative Educators! Need inspiration? Visit our new exhibition The Cover Sells the Book: Transformations in Commercial Book Publishing, 1860-1920 or view it online here.

Here’s what it takes:

  • 3 8×8 inch squares of paper. We recommend using paper that is easy to fold; standard printer paper works best.
  • Colorful scrapbook paper. Check your local craft supply store to find tons of colors and patterns.
  • A few of your favorite photos of dad
  • Any other decorations you can think of!
  • Other essentials:
    • Ruler
    • Pencil
    • Scissors
    • Glue stick
    • Markers


  1. Cut three sheets of printer paper into 8×8 inch squares
  2. Fold each square diagonally into a triangle
  3. Fold each triangle in half to create a smaller triangle
  4. Place one triangle in front of you. The longest edge should be at the bottom and the folded corner should be facing to your left.
  5. Open the pocket created by the top fold.
  6. Bring the bottom right corner of the triangle to meet the bottom left. This should form a square shape. Crease the paper.
  7. Flip your paper over and repeat this process on the back triangle. Your paper should now be a folded square.
  8. Repeat this process on the other sheets of paper.
  9. Open up your sheets of paper. Glue sheets together by placing the top left square of one sheet on top of the bottom right of another. Alternate the folds of each sheet (i.e. if the folds of the first sheet are facing up, the folds of the second sheet should be facing down)
  10. Use markers, colorful paper, photos, and anything else you can think of to customize your book.

Our #DAMCreative team always has something brewing—visit the Museum to see what other fun ideas might be waiting for you within our walls!


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