A-Mazing Maze Books!

Maze books are fun and easy to make.… it’s almost mag­i­cal to see 
16 pages appear from a sin­gle piece of paper!

  • 12” x 18” white con­struc­tion paper
  • Scis­sors
  • Card stock or heavy-weight paper, cut to 4 3/4” x 6 12” 
  • Rib­bon or raf­fia, about 2 feet per book
  • YES! Paste” (or Avery Per­ma­nent Glue Stick)
  • 1” foam brush for spread­ing paste
  • Pen­cil, mark­ers, etc. for illus­trat­ing or writing
  • Fold your paper in half length wise, then open it up and fold the edges back into the mid­dle.  You should have four long sections.
  • Now repeat step #1 by fold­ing your paper the other direc­tion.  Now you have 16 sections.

  • With your paper laid hor­i­zon­tally in front of you, cut along the first ver­ti­cal fold (clos­est to the left side of your paper) start­ing at the bot­tom and going 3/4 of the way to the top.
  • Then move across to the ver­ti­cal fold that is clos­est to the right side of your paper and cut along that fold from the bot­tom 3/4 of the way to the top.
  • Next, cut the mid­dle fold from the top of your paper 3/4 of the way to the bottom.
  • Now it’s time to fold your book!  Begin at one end and start fold­ing your paper back and forth, accordion-style, until you reach the other end.  You have made a “sig­na­ture”, a group of pages that make up a sec­tion of a book.
  • Fold card stock in half to make your cover.
  • Spread a line of paste hor­i­zon­tally across the mid­dle of the inside of your cover and lay the rib­bon across it.
  • Then spread paste on the top of your sig­na­ture and place it over the rib­bon, on the inside left of the cover.
  • Next, spread paste on the back of your sig­na­ture and place it over the rib­bon, on the inside right of the cover.  
  • Fold the cover closed and lay some­thing heavy on top until the paste has had time to dry.
Try these fun extensions.…
  • Start with a square (like 12” x 12”) and fol­low steps #1 — #6 to make a square book.
  • Try turn­ing your rec­tan­gu­lar paper ver­ti­cally before you cut it (see steps #3–5) to make a book that is wider than it is tall.
  • Cut some of your pages half way down on the fold and then fold them down to make handy lit­tle pockets.


5 Responses to A-Mazing Maze Books!

  1. Heather January 16, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    My name is Heather and I work for Worth Ave. Group. We’re cur­rently hold­ing a con­test for K-12 teach­ers to win grants for their schools, and iPads or iPods for their class­rooms. If you’re inter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing, feel free to email me or visit the link I’ve posted below.
    Have a great day!

  2. yolanda January 22, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    we made one for our owl week! Hope you love it! thanks for sharing


  3. TeachKidsArt January 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    Very nice, Yolanda! The vel­cro clo­sure is a great idea… I never thought of that!!

  4. Caitlin February 3, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    I am a Kinder­garten teacher, and a mid­dle school art teacher at a very under-funded pri­vate school in inner-city Wash­ing­ton DC called Cor­ner­stone. I am con­stantly search­ing for eco­nom­i­cal lessons that will inspire these kids, some of which have never been exposed to art at all. I love the ideas on your site. This book idea looks great. I am a bit con­fused at how you go from the cut paper to the accor­dion style folded paper. What is the role of the cuts in the paper. I am sure I am miss­ing some­thing fairly obvi­ous. My left-brain isn’t work­ing for me appar­ently. :) Thanks in advance.

  5. TeachKidsArt February 3, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    Caitlin, I can see how it could be con­fus­ing try­ing to fol­low writ­ten instruc­tions for this.… a quick video would explain it so much bet­ter! Maybe some­day, but til then, if you align your paper (after mak­ing the cuts) with the photo where I drew the dot­ted fold lines, just start at the lower left cor­ner and do the back and forth accor­dion fold and just keep going up the left side, around the upper left cor­ner, down the next col­umn, and so forth.… all the way around til you get to the lower right cor­ner. Try that and let me know how it goes! God bless you for bring­ing art to those kids!!

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